Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Gates Cambridge Scholarships enable the brightest of the world's young leaders and scholars to undertake graduate study at the University of Cambridge. Gates Cambridge Scholars are expected to have outstanding academic records with leadership potential and a commitment to serve their communities as well as reasons for choice of course. The scholarships support one- to four-years of graduate study, from one-year master's programs to PhD degrees. The Gates Cambridge Trust offers approximately 80 full cost scholarships annually.

Application Materials

  • Application
  • 500 word essay
  • Research proposal (PhD applicants only)
  • 2 academic references

What they’re looking for

  • Applying to pursue one of the following courses at the University of Cambridge:
    • PhD (full-time or part-time)
    • MLitt (full-time)
    • One year postgraduate course (full-time), with some exception
  • A capacity for leadership
  • A commitment to improving the lives of others
  • Academic Excellence
Academic Level
Field(s) of Study
Language Studies
Art and Architecture
Social Sciences
Law and Diplomacy
Application Deadline
Nomination Required
Citizen Status
U.S. Citizen