Gates Cambridge Scholarship




Gates Cambridge Scholarships are offered to students who would like to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge. Established in 2000 by a donation of $210 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge, the Gates Cambridge Scholarships are among the most prestigious international scholarships in the world. The Trust annually awards 95 full-cost fellowships for graduate study in any field at Cambridge University.  Of the total number of awards, 40 are given to citizens of the United States, and 55 are awarded to "international" students (defined as students who are neither US nor UK citizens).


The award provides support for the full cost of attendance, travel to and from Cambridge, a monthly stipend, and additional discretionary funds, as appropriate.

Eligibility criteria

Gates Cambridge Scholars are chosen on the following four criteria:

  • Good fit with Cambridge
  • Academic excellence (e.g. cum GPA 3.8+)
  • Leadership potential
  • A commitment to improving the lives of others

Selection criteria

Gates Cambridge Scholars are selected on the basis of their...

  • Academic excellence 
  • Compelling reasoning for the suitability of a Cambridge degree
  • Commitment to improving the lives of others
  • Capacity for leadership

For detailed information, refer to the Gates Cambridge Scholarship site.

Application Process

The deadline for US students to apply is typically in mid-October (non-US citizens apply in December).  Applicants apply for both a Gates Cambridge Scholarship and admission to their chosen postgraduate course at the University of Cambridge. It is not possible to apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship without applying to the University of Cambridge in the first instance. 

Students do not need to be nominated by ASU to apply for this award, but ONSA does provide advising on the application process and interview preparation for finalists. In particular, prospective Gates Cambridge Scholars would benefit from participating in the ONSA Applicant Development Program (application available in the top menu, above).

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  • Funding for Graduate Study
  • International Study or Experience


  • Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Creative and Performing Arts
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Health and Medicine
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Journalism and Media
  • National Security
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Public Policy
  • Public Service
  • Social Justice
  • Social Science
  • STEM

Eligible applicants

  • Fourth-year+ Undergrads
  • Graduate Students
  • Undergraduate Alumni
  • Graduate Alumni

Citizenship status

  • US Citizen
  • US Permanent Resident
  • International Student (non-US citizen)

ASU Nomination required

  • No

For More Information

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