Gates Cambridge Scholarship (non-US citizens)

Provides full-cost scholarships for graduate study at Cambridge University

Established in 2000 by a donation of $210 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge, the Gates Cambridge Scholarships are among the most prestigious international scholarships in the world. 

The Trust annually awards 95 full-cost fellowships for graduate study in any field at Cambridge University.  Of the total number of awards, 40 are given to citizens of the United States, and 55 are awarded to "international" students - that is, students who are neither US nor UK citizens.

The award provides support for the full cost of attendance, travel to and from Cambridge, a monthly stipend, and additional discretionary funds, as appropriate. 

Application Process

Applicants apply for both a Gates Cambridge Scholarship and admission to their chosen postgraduate course at the University of Cambridge. It is not possible to apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship without applying to the University of Cambridge in the first instance.

Although nomination or endorsement by the University of Chicago is not required, students are encouraged to contact the College Advising office for assistance during the application process.

Deadline Information

The application deadline in this round is determined by the course you are applying for and is set by the central Graduate Admissions Office

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Gates Cambridge Scholarships, one must be eligible to apply for admission to a graduate program at Cambridge University.  United States citizens must apply by the US-student deadline, whereas citizens of other countries may apply by the international student deadline.

Approximately 4,000 students apply for Gates Cambridge scholarships each year.  Gates Cambridge Scholars are chosen on the following four criteria:

  • Good fit with Cambridge
  • Academic excellence
  • Leadership potential
  • A committment to improving the lives of others