Gates Cambridge Postgraduate Scholarship For International Students – 2018/2019

Applications for 2019 Gates Cambridge Scholarship entry are now open.

The management of Gates Cambridge is  delighted that you are interested in applying for a scholarship programme with its institution.

In this section you will find information which will help you make the best possible application. Please read through all pages to find out if you are eligible, how to apply and full details about the scholarship.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme 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.

They offer 90 full-cost scholarships each year 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 selection criteria are:

  • outstanding intellectual ability
  • leadership potential
  • a commitment to improving the lives of others
  • a good fit between the applicant’s qualifications and aspirations and the postgraduate programme at Cambridge for which they are applying
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There are about 225 Scholars from c. 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 aim of the Gates Cambridge programme is to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.


Check which application deadline applies to you for October 2019 entry.

Gates Cambridge considers candidates in two selection rounds each year:

Round 1: US citizens living in the USA only

Applicants in this round must apply by 10 October 2018 for entry in October 2019.

Round 2: All other eligible applicants (part of the Graduate Funding Competition)

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The application deadline in this round is determined by the course you are applying for and is set by the central Graduate Admissions Office. You can find which of the two deadlines below applies to you by checking the Graduate Funding Competition deadline in the course directoryPlease also note that if a course deadline is earlier than the relevant funding deadline above (e.g. the LLM in Law), you must apply by the earlier course deadline

What stage? Round 1 Round 2
Applications open 3 September 2018 3 September 2018
Application deadline 10 October 2018 Dependent on your course – either 5 December 2018 or 3 January 2019
Departmental ranking October – November December – February
Trust shortlisting Mid-December Early March
Shortlisted candidates invited to interview Late December Early March
Interviews 25 & 26 January 2019 (USA) 26 & 27 March 2019 (Cambridge, UK)
Scholarships offered Early February Late March
Scholarships accepted 48 hours after offer 48 hours after offer
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