Gates Cambridge Scholarship (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. 


Deadline Information

Application Deadline for US citizens: Wednesday, October 14, 2020

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 800 US students apply for 40 scholarships each year.  Gates Cambridge Scholars are chosen on the following four criteria:

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

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.

APPLICATION Deadlines for the University of Cambridge vary slightly.  You must consult the university's graduate admissions page for exact deadlines. All application information and deadlines can be found HERE.

Although nomination or endorsement by the University of Chicago is not required, students are strongly encouraged to contact Nichole Fazio-Veigel,, for assistance during the application process.

For more information on this opportunity, please contact: 
Nichole Fazio