Gates Cambridge Scholars


Enrolment status New students, Currently enrolled students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Postgraduate, Higher Degree by Research
Study area All study areas
Opening date 2 September 2019
Closing date 7 January 2020


Eighty scholarships are awarded in 2020 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 Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme was established in October 2000 by a donation of US $210 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge, the largest ever single donation to a UK university.

Learn more about the Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme


To be eligible, you must: 

  • be a citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom
  • be 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.)

The courses not eligible for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship can be found here.

Applications are closed.

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Selection criteria

The selection criteria are:

  • outstanding intellectual ability
  • reasons for choice of course
  • a commitment to improving the lives of others
  • leadership potential

Read more about the ideal candidate

Applications are closed.


Gates Cambridge
Applications are closed.