Gates Cambridge

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship is one of the most prestigious international scholarships in the world and provides full funding to study at the University of Cambridge. The program was established in 2000 by a substantial gift from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge; it was the largest ever single donation to a UK university. While at Cambridge, scholars pursue a full range of subjects available at Cambridge and are spread through its departments and Colleges. Gates-Cambridge alumni pursue further study or professional endeavors across many sectors of society. Gates-Cambridge Alumni are increasingly taking on national and international leadership roles and applying their knowledge and skills to improve the lives of others.

The first class of scholars took up their awards in 2001. There are currently more than 1,100 Gates Cambridge Scholars and Alumni from over 95 countries. Ninety new scholarships are awarded each year: 40 in US round, 50 in international round. International students at UT can apply for the Gates Cambridge.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship application requires:

  • The submission of application for admission as a postgraduate to the University of Cambridge (submit at the same time as the Gates-Cambridge application)
  • A personal statement (1,000 words)
  • A description of the program of study; the program, faculty, research institute of choice at Cambridge, description of other resources available exclusively at Cambridge and why the UK
  • two letters of recommendation;
  • Official transcripts and a complete online application
  • UT endorsement following campus interview and selection as campus nominee

Note: If selected, candidates will be invited to participate in a national interview process. For more information about preparing for national scholarship interviews, visit the Interview Preparation page.

Current Gates Cambridge Scholars’ Disciplines

Polar Studies, Theology and religious studies, Economic and social history, Physics, History of Art, Environment, society and development, English studies, Pure mathematics, Biological science, Computational biology, Historical studies, Materials science, European literature, Social anthropology, Law, Experimental psychology, Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic, and many more.

University of Cambridge Fun Facts

  • Isaac Newton published ‘Principia Mathematica’, establishing the fundamental principles of modern physics in Cambridge in 1687.
  • Cambridge graduates, Thomas Nelson, Trinity and later of Virginia; Arthur Middleton, St John’s and later of South Carolina and Thomas Lynch, Gonville and Caius and also of South Carolina, are among the signatories of America’s Declaration of Independence.
  • Notable literary graduates Wordsworth, Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Tennyson, Plath
  • Charles Babbage began to think about and design the ‘calculating machine’, the early invention of a modern computer.
  • Notable graduates and scientists Darwin, Russell, Cavendish, Sanger,
  • Notable humanists, Cranmer, Milton, Harvard, Wittengstein
  • More than 5 million works of art, artifacts, and specimens are within one-square mile of Cambridge.
  • The Cambridge Libraries hold a vast collection of original papers and ephemera, including those of Darwin, some 30,000 broadside ballads formed by Sir Frederic Madden, and a portion of Chaucer’s original manuscripts, to name but a few.

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