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Gates-Cambridge Scholarship


The Gates Cambridge Trust awards scholarships to study as graduate students at the University of Cambridge.


The Trustees award scholarships on the basis of a person's intellectual ability, capacity for leadership, and desire to use their knowledge to contribute to the well-being of society.



  • 110 scholarships, 45 of those are for permanent residents of the U.S.
  • Tuition for any graduate program at the University of Cambridge
  • Living allowance
  • Transportation and air travel
  • Additional expense fund


  • a citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom
  • 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

Qualifications for a competitive application

  • 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 program at Cambridge for which they are applying
  • Excellent recommendations
  • Strong academic record

Important Dates

  • Campus deadline: September 20th
  • National deadline: October 10th