Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Who Can Apply:

Seniors and recent graduates who have completed a Bachelor’s degree by the beginning of the grant. Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded only to students who gain admission to the University of Cambridge through the University’s regular procedures.  Applicants must be citizens of any country outside the United Kingdom and must be proficient in English.

Award Amount:

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship will cover University composition fee and College fees at the appropriate rate as well as a maintenance allowance and a further discretionary allowance per student.  Airfare to and from the scholar’s home country at the beginning and end of the scholarship will be paid.


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation of Seattle, Washington announcing a donation to the University of Cambridge of $210 million to establish the Gates Cambridge Trust in 2000.  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 are required to award scholarships on the basis of a person’s intellectual ability, leadership capacity, and desire to use their knowledge to contribute to society throughout the world by providing service to their communities and applying their talents and knowledge to improve the lives of others.

How to Apply:

Notice your application will not be complete until all components are complete and received.

    1. You must be nominated by your area’s faculty representative. Contact your representative to see if you may be considered for this nomination. Your representative will also be able to give you more information about the nomination process.


    1. Once you are nominated by your faculty representative, you may begin the application process.  You must obtain a transcript and degree certificates in English.  If these documents are not in English, you must send, in addition, a full translation of each document, translated by a registered translator. See official online application.


  1. You will need three letters of recommendation.  Recommendations need to be obtained from individuals who know enough about you to assess your personal characteristics, motivation, and potential.

All materials must be submitted by the appropriate due dates. Keep in mind campus deadlines may be earlier than other deadlines.

Access complete application instructions at the official website. 

If you have any other questions or if we may be of further assistance, please contact the Graduate Office.