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Gates Cambridge Scholarships


In October 2000, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation of Seattle, Washington, USA 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 Scholarship

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded only to students who gain admission to the university through the university's regular procedures. They cover the full cost of study at Cambridge for a single person–namely, all approved university and college tuition fees, a maintenance allowance, a further discretionary allowance for study-related activities, and one return economy airfare between the UK and the scholar's normal country of residence.

The Application

The Gates Cambridge Trust does not admit students to the university or to any of its colleges – the Gates Cambridge Trust solely manages the Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Applicants for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship must additionally apply to the University of Cambridge for the graduate program of their choice through the regular University of Cambridge application process.

Who Should Apply

Candidates for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship may come from any country of the world except the United Kingdom, may apply to study any subject currently available at the university. They must have a first class or high second class honors degree, or its equivalent, from a recognized university. For universities, which work according to the North American pattern, 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 referred to in the paragraph above. They must be well prepared for the Cambridge course for which they are applying and must meet the academic criteria for admission specified by the university.

Learn More

For more information, contact the Fellowships and Scholarships Program, Center for Career Development at or schedule an appointment through Handshake. Also, visit the official Gates Scholarship website.