Gates - Cambridge Scholarships

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are prestigious, highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.


While at Cambridge, Scholars pursue the full range of subjects available at the University and are spread through its departments and Colleges. Our Alumni are pursuing further study or employment across many sectors of society. Despite the relative youth of the program, Gates Cambridge Alumni are increasingly taking on leadership roles and applying their knowledge and skills to improve the lives of others.


You can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship if you are:

  • a citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom
  • applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge:
    • PhD (three year research-only degree)
    • MSc or MLitt (two year research-only degree)
    • One year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)

Period of Study

Awards vary depending on what course of study applicants intend to pursue. 

Special Considerations

Gates Cambridge scholars should embody the following four criteria: 

  1. Academic excellence

  2. Leadership potential

  3. A commitment to improving the lives of others

  4. A good academic fit with Cambridge

Additional information and descriptions of these four criteria is available on the Gates Cambridge website


A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge. It also provides additional, discretionary funding.


Application instructions and materials are available on the Gates Cambridge "How to Apply" website


Applications are typically due in early October.

Additional information is available on the Gates Cambridge website


Class Year

  • Senior
  • Recent Graduate
  • Post-baccalaureate
  • Graduate
  • Doctorate


  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Public Affairs/Government
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM
  • Multiple


  • English


  • Yearlong
  • Other

Program Type

  • Graduate Study
  • Study Abroad


  • Europe

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