Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Website Eligibility Deadline Seniors Oct. 12, 2023


In October 2000, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a donation to the University of Cambridge of $210 million to establish the Gates Cambridge Trust. 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.

The Trust expects there to be of the order of 225 Gates Cambridge Scholars studying at the University at any one time. Although there may be variation in the actual number of awards made each year, the Trust seeks to elect approximately 80-100 new scholars annually.


  • May come from any country of the world except the United Kingdom.
  • May apply to study any subject currently available at the University.
  • Should normally be under the age of 30.
  • Candidates will be expected to have excellent transcripts with high GPA scores showing evidence of sustained achievement in study, together with the type of academic references which speak of the candidate's leadership potential, social commitment, intellectual ability and why further study at Cambridge is particularly appropriate.
  • Must apply to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses study:
    • Research leading to the PhD degree
    • One-year post-graduate courses (e.g. MPhil, LLM, Diploma etc.)
    • Second Bachelor degree as an Affiliated Student
    • MBBChir Clinical Studies
  • Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded only to students who gain admission to the University through the University's regular procedures.

Application Procedure

  1. Gates Cambridge selects Scholars using four criteria: academic excellence, leadership potential, a commitment to improving the lives of others and a good academic fit with Cambridge.
  2. Applicants apply for a degree, a College place, a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, and several other funding opportunities on the one application form, the Graduate Application Form. You will need to supply various supporting documents (e.g. transcripts and academic references), including a personal reference for your application to Gates Cambridge.
  3. In order to make the best possible application you should read the entire Apply section of the Gates Cambridge website in conjunction with Cambridge University's Graduate Admissions website and the website of the department to which you intend to apply. Applicants are advised to research admission and funding as early as possible.

Read about Gates Cambridge's three-stage selection process on the How we select page.

Value of the Award

A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge. It also provides additional, discretionary funding. Please visit this webpage to learn the full details of the value of the award.


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Past Winners



Megan Masterson
Class of 2019
Mathematics and Physics



Jason Tabachnik
Class of 2013
Mathematics and Physics


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