Gates Cambridge

Gates Cambridge Scholarship Graduate Studies International

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are full-cost awards that provide tuition fees and a stipend for graduate study and research at the University of Cambridge. The scholarships are highly competitive and are awarded to citizens of any country outside of the United Kingdom on the basis of the applicant’s academic excellence, a good fit between the scholar and the university, evidence of leadership potential, and a commitment to improving the lives of others.

  • Be a citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom
  • Hold a bachelor's degree by the start of the award
  • Applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge
    • PhD
    • MSc/MLitt
    • 1-year postgraduate course NOT including the following:
      • Any undergraduate degree (BA) or second undergraduate degree (BA affiliated)
      • Master of Business (MBA)
      • Master of Finance (MFin)
      • PGCE
      • MBBChir Clinical Studies
      • MD Doctor of Medicine degree
      • Graduate Course in Medicine
      • Part-time degrees
      • Non-degree courses
Application Material

  • Application for admission and funding
  • Personal Statement
  • Research Proposal (only for PhD applicants)
  • 3 letter of recommendation/references
    • 2 academic references for admission
    • 1 Gates Cambridge reference to speak to your fit with the scholarship
Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated academic excellence through:
    • Transcripts
    • References
    • Experience
    • Potential to succeed on the chosen course
  • Reasons for choice of course
    • You should be able to make a strong case for a particular postgraduate degree. You will need to demonstrate that you have the academic background and necessary skills and expertise to complete the course
    • Contact with a potential lab supervisor with whom you will develop a research project for PhD and most research MPhil applicants. A summary of the project is part of the application
    • Taught MPhil and other applicants need to make a strong case for how completing the proposed course will faciliate your career plans
  • A commitment to improving the lives of others
  • A capacity for leadership

  • September 1

    Gates Cambridge Scholarship Application Opens
  • Mid-September

    University deadline
  • Mid-October

    Gates Cambridge Scholarship national application deadline
  • Mid-December

    Notification of finalist selection
  • Late January

    Finalist interviews
  • Early February

    Notification of selection

  • ~80 per year
Length of Scholarship

  • Dependent on the course chosen
Make an Appointment with an Advisor

Contact Information

Director: Ginger Smoak

Advisor: Alison Shimko