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Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Important Dates

National Application Deadline (Application Period): 
Wednesday, October 9, 2019


Open to: 
Graduate students
Graduating students
Recent graduates/Alumni
Eligibility requirements: 
  • Citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom.
  • Application to pursue a full-time residential course of study.
  • Admission to Cambridge through the University's normal academic procedures.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent by the start of the grant.


Application Process: 


Exact application deadlines for 2020-2021 will be announced soon.

There is no campus process for this award, however the ORC can assist with the application. The deadline falls in early to mid-October each year for U.S citizens normally resident in the USA and early December or early January for citizens of all countries other than the USA (except the United Kingdom) and U.S. citizens normally resident outside the USA.

Eligible applicants will have one of three possible funding deadlines:

For US citizens who are living in the USA – regardless of course, the application deadline is Wednesday 10 October 2018

For all other eligible candidates (including US citizens who are living outside the USA)– the application deadline will be based on the student’s course and will be either Wednesday 5 December 2018 or Thursday 3 January 2019

You can read more about the Gates Cambridge funding timetable here -

Should I apply?

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Selection Process: 

There are two Gates application rounds with different deadlines:

  • Round 1: US citizens normally resident in the USA (October)
  • Round 2: citizens of all countries other than the USA (except the United Kingdom) and US citizens normally resident outside the USA (December or January depending)

Additional Information


How the ORC can help

After reading this website and the official Gates Cambridge website you should attend a U.K. awards information session. Info sessions can be found at

This is your first step in working with the ORC team.

Amount Awarded: 
€ 14,300; Tuition, accommodations, travel, insurance
Number Awarded: 
40 for U.S. round and 55 for International round

About the Gates Cambridge Scholarship

In 2000, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation established the Gates Cambridge Scholars "to create a network of future leaders from around the world who will bring new vision and commitment to improving the life circumstances of citizens in their respective countries.” This global scholarship funds 1-4 years of graduate study at the University of Cambridge. It if offered to intellectually outstanding postgraduate students with a capacity for leadership and a commitment to improving the lives of others.


2 years+
Program Requirements: 

Applicants need to apply to both the graduate program at University of Cambridge and the scholarship.