Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Funding for postgraduate study in any field (exceptions apply) at the University of Cambridge


  • A citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom
  • Applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge:
    • PhD
    • MSc/MLitt
    • One-year postgraduate course not including any of the following:
      • Any undergraduate degree
      • Master’s of Business (MBA)
      • Master’s of Finance (MFin)
      • PGCE
      • MBBChir Clinical Studies
      • MD Doctor of Medicine degree (6 years, part-time)
      • Graduate Course in Medicine (A101)
      • Part-time degrees
      • Non-degree courses
    • Hold a bachelor’s degree by start of the award


  • ~80 per year
    • ~25 coming from U.S. students and ~55 from international students
    • 2/3 of the awards are offered to PhD students

Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrated academic excellence (i.e., transcripts, references, experience and potential to succeed on the chosen course)
  • Reasons for choice of course (i.e., make a strong case for a particular degree, academic background and skills to complete the course, make a case for how completing the proposed course will facilitate career plans)
    • PhD and research master’s degree applicants will need to contact a potential supervisor
  • A commitment to improving the lives of others
  • A capacity for leadership

Application Material:

  • Application for admission and funding via the University’s Graduate Application Portal
  • Personal Statement
  • Research proposal for PhD applicants
  • 3 references (2 academic references for admission and 1 Gates Cambridge reference to speak to the applicants’ fit with the scholarship)



Round 1 Deadline: For U.S. citizen who normally reside in the United States

University deadline: Early September

External deadline: October 14, 2020

Round 2 Deadline: All other eligible applicants

University deadline: Early September

External deadline: Dependent on course – either December 3, 2020 or December 7, 2020



Early September: University deadline

October 14, 2020: National deadline for U.S. citizens

Mid-December: Notification of U.S. finalists

January 22 & 23, 2021: Interviews for U.S. finalists

Early February: Notification of selection for U.S. finalists

Length of Program: Dependent on program

Scholarship Website:

Contact Information:

Director: Ginger Smoak:

Advisor: Alison Shimko: