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Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Full cost scholarships for students outside the UK to pursue graduate study and research at the University of Cambridge.


The Gates Cambridge Trust, endowed by Bill and Melinda Gates, hopes to create a network of future leaders from around the world who will bring new vision and commitment to improving the life circumstances of citizens in their respective countries.  Over time, it is anticipated that Gates Cambridge Scholars will become leaders in helping to address global problems related to health, equity, technology, and learning – all areas in which the Foundation is deeply engaged.  The program offers a substantial number of scholarships for study in a wide variety of fields in science, humanities, and the social sciences at the University of Cambridge.


SEE ALSO:  Rhodes Scholarship, Mitchell Scholarship, Marshall Scholarship

Selection Criteria

In selecting Gates Cambridge Scholars, the Trust looks for students with enthusiasm, robustness of intellect, a willingness to engage, and an appropriate humility that comes from an awareness that nothing is ever really simple.

In particular, Gates Scholars will be driven by the values of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which includes a commitment to reducing inequalities and improving lives around the world.  The Foundation’s mission is to increase opportunity and equity for those most in need, particularly in the areas of health and education, often through the use of science and technology.

The Trust expects a good match to be made between the applicant’s qualifications and aspirations and what Cambridge has to offer.  Successful applicants will have the ability to make a significant contribution to their discipline while in Cambridge, with a strong aptitude for research, analysis, and a creative approach to defining and solving problems.


Candidates for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship:

  • May be citizens of any country outside the United Kingdom;

  • May apply to study any subject available at the University of Cambridge;

  • Must apply to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study: Research leading to the Ph.D. degree; One-year post-graduate courses (e.g. M.Phil, LLM, Diploma, MBA, etc.); Two-year M.Sc. degree; Second Bachelor degree as an Affiliated Student; OR MBBChir Clinical Studies;

  • Must be admitted to Cambridge through the University’s normal academic procedures;

  • Must have a first class or high second class honors degree, or its equivalent, from a recognized university.  For universities that work according to the North American pattern, candidates will be expected to have excellent transcripts with high GPA scores showing evidence of sustained achievement in study, together with the type of academic references that speak of the candidate’s leadership potential, social commitment, intellectual ability, and why further study at Cambridge is particularly appropriate.  The Gates Cambridge Trust does not require candidates to take a GRE test, although some Departments in Cambridge may do so;

  • Must be well prepared for the Cambridge course for which they are applying and must meet the academic criteria for admission specified by the University.  Some courses may have particular requirements for admission, and details of these can be found in the relevant sections of the Graduate Studies Prospectus for graduate applicants, or the Undergraduate Prospectus for affiliated applicants, which can be found on the website;

  • Who are not native speakers of English are required by the University to provide proof of their proficiency in the English language to meet the minimum standards for admission to Cambridge.


A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge, namely:

  • The University Composition Fee and College fees at the appropriate rate;

  • A maintenance allowance for a single student;

  • The cost of airfare to and from the UK;

  • A discretionary contribution towards the costs of supporting dependants at Cambridge (upon application).

 Once in residence, Gates Scholars may apply for financial help with the costs of attending conferences, undertaking fieldwork, and other activities.


The duration of the award varies depending on the scholar’s proposed plan of study and may be renewed for up to four years for students wishing to obtain a Ph.D.

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Gates Cambridge Scholarship



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