Gates Cambridge Scholarship


Gates Cambridge Scholarships are prestigious, highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They 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 programme aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship has been called the "Rhodes Scholarship" of Cambridge. In 2001, 160 awards were given, including 80 to U.S. students. The Gates differs from many overseas competitions in that the student must apply both to the university and to the Gates Foundation. It is critical that you to locate a department at Cambridge where the programs of study, ongoing research, laboratories, and other facilities match your background and serve your academic needs. Only a perfect fit will make you competitive. You must be accepted by Cambridge before you are allowed to accept a Gates.


Seniors and grads (no age limit) in all fields

Award Amount

One to three years' study at Cambridge


Student must appliy directly to the University of Cambridge in October each year to be considered for the Gates Cambridge.