Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Location: United States Experience Type: Fellowships / Graduate School Fellowship / International/Abroad Fellowship / Junior Fellowship / Public Service Fellowship / Research Fellowship / Senior/Recent Graduate Fellowship / Undocumented Student Fellowship
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship program was established in October 2000 by a donation of US$210m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge; this is the largest-ever single donation to a UK university.
Each year Gates Cambridge offers approximately 80 full-cost scholarships to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Approximately two-thirds of these awards will be offered to PhD students, with approximately 25 awards available in the US round and 55 available in the International round.
- outstanding intellectual ability
- reasons for choice of course (in the UK, a graduate degree program is called a course)
- a commitment to improving the lives of others
- leadership potential
There are at least 225 Scholars from approximately 50 countries studying in Cambridge at any one time who pursue the full range of subjects available at the University and are spread across its departments and Colleges.
The Gates Cambridge mission is to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. It aims to achieve this mission by selecting outstanding scholars, providing them with financial and non-financial support at one of the world’s leading universities and facilitating community building at and beyond Cambridge.
Consistently rated among the top universities in both national and international league tables, the University of Cambridge offers a world leading postgraduate education. With a global outlook and reach, the Cambridge mission is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence.
Did you know? UNL’s Zach Norwood received a Gates Cambridge Scholarship in 2011 for the Ph.D. in Mathematics.
Cambridge Graduate Admissions
The Gates Cambridge scholarship application is part of the graduate admissions application for Cambridge University. The graduate admissions application for Michaelmas (Fall) term at Cambridge opens in September, and Gates Cambridge applicants who are U.S. citizens must submit their admissions application early, in October.
International students may submit the graduate admissions and Gates Cambridge application up to the standard deadline for their course (in the UK, a “course” is a degree program), in either December or January. Be sure you know the deadline for your course.
Other Funding Opportunities for the United Kingdom
Consider the Fulbright U.S. Student Program Open Study/Research or university partnership awards for the United Kingdom. These two fellowship programs are similarly competitive and both looking to support student leaders with cross-cultural exchange opportunities. Fulbright will support one academic year of graduate study, though in a Fulbright application, your application will focus on only one British university.
Depending on your listing of your top choice graduate programs, you might also consider the Churchill Scholarships (for Cambridge University), the Marshall Scholarship (for any UK university), the Rhodes Scholarship (for Oxford University), and the Mitchell Scholarship (for Irish universities).
Information Session: Graduate Studies in the United Kingdom
Representatives from four world-renowned Russell Group universities will jointly offer an information session aimed at US-based students considering graduate studies in the UK. Learn about the benefits of studying in the UK, receive guidance on applying to competitive UK institutions, and get your questions answered!
Hosts: University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, University College London, University of Warwick
Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 11:00 am to 12 noon Central Time
Registration Link: https://bit.ly/3Cbd6lM
The recording will be available for all those who register. We’re also inviting questions ahead of (and during) the session so that those unable to attend live will be able to raise their areas of interest for learning more. Questions may be submitted in advance via the registration page.