In October 2000, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation of Seattle, Washington, announced a donation to the University of Cambridge to establish the Gates Cambridge Trust. This benefaction creates in perpetuity an international scholarship program to enable outstanding graduate students from outside the United Kingdom to study at the University of Cambridge. The trustees award scholarships on the basis of a candidate’s intellectual ability, leadership capacity, and desire to apply talent and knowledge for the benefit of others by finding solutions to problems facing the societies of the world.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom.

  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.

  • Must be admitted to the University of Cambridge, pursuing one of the following full-time residential courses of study: research leading to the Ph.D. degree; one-year postgraduate degree (e.g., M.Phil., LL.M., Diploma, M.B.A., etc.); two-year M.Sc. or M.Litt. degree.

  • Excellent transcripts with high GPA scores, as well as academic references that demonstrate leadership potential, social commitment, and intellectual ability.

  • Well prepared for the degree for which you are applying and in compliance with the admission criteria specified by the university.

General Information

There are usually about 250 Gates Scholars in residence who are pursuing graduate study in the full range of disciplines across the 31 Cambridge Colleges. The Gates Cambridge Trust seeks to elect approximately 100 new scholars annually, though that number may vary.

Applicants need a good academic reason for wanting to study at Cambridge beyond simply rounding off their university education with a period of study abroad. The Gates Cambridge Trust does not require candidates to take a GRE test, though some departments at Cambridge may do so; candidates should check the relevant section of the Graduate Studies Prospectus.

Each scholarship covers the university composition fee and college fees at the appropriate rate, a maintenance allowance for a single student, one economy one-way airfare from the scholar’s normal country of residence to the U.K. at the beginning of the course of study or research, and one economy one-way airfare from the U.K. to the scholar’s normal country of residence at the end of the course of study or research.

Additional information may be found at the Gates Cambridge Website or by contacting the campus faculty representative, Ms. April Dobbins, Director, Prestigious Awards and Fellowships in the Office of Academic Enhancement, Center for Student Services, 1204 Dickinson Drive, Suite 37-K, 305-284-5384.

Application Instructions

Applicants must apply simultaneously for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship and admission to Cambridge. Applicants who wish to apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship for fall 2016 should apply directly to a college of their choice for admission. Deadline dates vary for admission to Cambridge. Most deadline dates are October to November. The online application form (GRADSAF) is available at the Cambridge Website.

**Applicants apply directly online. All application materials and instructions can be found online at the website. The PAF office will only provide feedback to applicants who request it and who submit their materials for review a minimum of three weeks in advance of the application deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS.** All applicants should notify the PAF Office of their intent to apply by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Application Timeline

Mid-October 2016
All applicants apply simultaneously for admission as graduate students to the University of Cambridge and a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

Late December 2016
Applicants invited for interview by the Gates Cambridge Trust will be informed of their status.

Early February 2017
Interviews are held during this month. Candidates are expected to knowledgeably discuss their academic discipline and will know the decision by the end of the month.