Gates Cambridge Scholarships - the University of Cambridge (fully funded)


a) 14 October 2015

(for US citizens resident in the USA)

b) 2 December 2015

(for the rest of the world and US citizens resident outside the US, except UK citizens)

The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are one of the most prestigious international scholarships in the world. It's fully funded


The Gates Cambridge Scholarship fully covers your cost of schooling at Cambridge University.


The Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme was established in October 2000 by a donation of US$210m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge; this is the largest ever single donation to a UK university.

Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The selection criteria are:

  • Outstanding intellectual ability

  • Leadership potential

  • A commitment to improving the lives of others

  • A good fit between the applicant's qualifications and aspirations and the postgraduate programme at Cambridge for which they are applying

While at Cambridge, Scholars pursue full range of subjects available at the University and are spread through its departments and Colleges.


Ineligible Courses:

  • BA (undergraduate)

  • BA affiliated (a second BA)

  • MBBChir Clinical Studies

  • MD Doctor of Medicine degree (6 years, part-time)

  • Part-time degrees

  • Non-degree courses

  • Courses at universities other than Cambridge

Scholarships are available to citizens of all countries outside the UK for a postgraduate degree in any subject at Cambridge

You can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship if you are:

1. A citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom

2. Applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge:

  • PhD (three year research-only degree)

  • MSc or MLitt (two year research-only degree)

  • One year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)

Current Students

If you are applying for a new postgraduate course you can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

For example, if you are currently studying for an MPhil you can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue a PhD. Current Gates Cambirdge Scholars may also apply for a second scholarship if they are applying for a new degree. Current Cambridge students apply and are considered in the second, international deadline and go through the same process of departmental ranking, shortlisting and interviewing as all other candidates.


You may find the application guideline here. Note that US Citizens resident in the USA have a deadline of 14 October, 2015; while citizens of all other countries and US citizens who are resident outside the USA, (apart from citizens of the UK) have the deadline of 2 December 2015.

The Gates Cambriddge website has more information on how you can take advantage of this scholarship opportunity.

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