The Gates Cambridge Trust offers Gates Cambridge Scholarships for students of outstanding academic merit and leadership potential from every country other than the United Kingdom, who are committed to serving their communities and who gain admission at the University of Cambridge.

Candidates may purse:

  • a second Bachelor’s degree
  • a one-year postgraduate course
  • engage in research leading to a Ph.D.

  • open to US and international students*
  • hold, or expect to obtain a bachelors degree, with honors, before October of the year the applicant wishes to begin their studies
  • gain admission to the University of Cambridge and to a constituent College in due course
  • have the academic qualifications to meet the Cambridge admission requirements
  • normally be under the age of 30

*An international competition, there are variations in application procedures (including deadlines) for different parts of the world.


The Gates Trust seeks students of exceptional academic achievement and scholarly promise. Candidates must present compelling reasons to study at Cambridge; and they will need to provide evidence of their ability to make a significant contribution to their discipline, either by research, or by teaching, or by using their learning creatively in their chosen profession. Candidates will be expected to have excellent transcripts showing sustained academic achievement, together with references able to speak specifically about academic performance and promise for scholarly growth.


Scholarships cover the full cost of studying Cambridge, plus a maintenance allowance sufficient for a single student. About 100 scholarships are offered yearly for one to three years of study.


October 15 – In order to be considered for the Gates scholarship, the application for admission to Cambridge must be submitted no later than October 15. A scholarship may only be taken up by a student who has been admitted to Cambridge through the standard admission process. There are separate procedures for selection as a Gates scholar. Those applying for Master’s degree or Doctoral study are admitted to Cambridge through the Board of Graduate Studies, those applying for a second Bachelor’s degree are admitted by the College.


Contact Name

Lisa Grimes

Student Fellowships Coordinator

Office Location
Bristol Center

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