Gates Cambridge Scholarship


Please consult the program website to confirm details, including applicable deadlines.

Program Purpose: 
The Gates Cambridge Trust aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students from outside the U.K. to study at the University of Cambridge.
Program Description: 
These scholarships are awarded only to students who gain admission to Cambridge through its regular procedures. Applicants may apply to study for: (1) The PhD (three year research-only degree); (2) MSc or MLitt (two year research-only degree); (3) One year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.). Of approximately 100 awards annually, about 40 go to U.S. citizens.
Program Benefits: 
Awards cover full cost of study at Cambridge, including airfare, a maintenance allowance, and a discretionary allowance for study-related activities.
Application Process: 
The application process has three phases: (1) Departmental ranking: In order to ensure only the most academically outstanding candidates are considered, the Trust asks academic departments in Cambridge to rank eligible applicants on academic ability only. Those who are put forward by their departments are considered the most academically outstanding applicants they have received that year; (2) Shortlisting: Once the Trust has a list of all ranked candidates, these are divided into broad subject areas and passed to our Shortlisting Committees.These Committees look at the candidates' entire application pack (including the Gates Cambridge Statement and Reference) and apply all four Gates Cambridge criteria in order to identify those who will be invited for interview. Everyone who is shortlisted for interview will have gone through an exceptionally competitive process and will show evidence of meeting the four Gates Cambridge criteria; (3) Interview: All shortlisted candidates have a short interview to assess how they meet all four Gates Cambridge criteria and Scholars are selected after interview.There are four broadly subject-based interview panels: Arts; Biological Sciences; Physical Sciences; Social Sciences. More details are available from the interview page.
Applicant Profile: 
The Program is looking for four key criteria. (1) Academic excellence: Gates Cambridge Scholars are expected to be academically outstanding with the ability to make a significant contribution to their discipline while in Cambridge. Potential Scholars are ranked by the department they are applying to. Only the most outstanding candidates are considered further. (2) Leadership potential: Successful applicants must demonstrate a clear ability to lead. Evidence of leadership can be expressed in a multitude of ways but the capacity of Gates Cambridge Scholars to 'take others with them' is central to the success of the program. (3) A commitment to improving the lives of others: A defining characteristic is the commitment of Gates Cambridge Scholars to work for the greater good. Although broadly interpreted, this concept is nonetheless fundamental and sets this program apart from others of its kind. (4) A good academic fit with Cambridge: You should be able to persuade the Trust that your qualifications and aspirations accord with what Cambridge has to offer in its postgraduate program. It is important that you can make a convincing argument for doing a particular postgraduate degree at Cambridge. It is therefore important that you fully research your proposed degree using the Graduate Studies Prospectus and the website of the department to which you are applying.
Senior or alumnus from any country except the U.K.
Scholars are expected to use their education for the benefit of others and to improve the common good. Over time, Scholars will form an integral and dynamic part of Cambridge's international alumni network, bringing vision and new ideas to improving the lives of citizens throughout the world.
Citizens of any country outside the U.K. are eligible.
Program Deadline: 
U.S. citizens residing in the U.S., usu. by Oct. 10 annually. All other eligible applicants: deadline determined by course you applying for. Check Graduate Funding Competition deadline in Course Directory:
More information: 
How To Apply: 
Students or alumni, as applicable, may apply directly to this program. Applicants are encouraged, however, to work with SF State's fellowship advisor well in advance of the program deadline to perfect their application essays and other materials.