Gates Cambridge Scholarship

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Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSF)
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Knoxville, TN 37996

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Gates Cambridge Scholarship


A fairly recent endowment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge that allows outstanding  students to pursue advanced degrees at Cambridge. (Limited number of scholarships also available for second bachelor degrees).


The full cost of studying at Cambridge: Composition Fee and College fees (varies with program and college), a maintenance allowance for a single student (£12,250 for 12 months in 2008-2009), cost of airfare to/from UK, and a discretionary contribution for cost of supporting dependents (upon application). Once in residence at Cambridge, scholars may also apply for financial assistance for cost of attending conferences, doing fieldwork, etc.


Depends on length of degree program: most post-grad programs, such as MPhil and MBA are one year; MSc is two years.


Varies, around 100 per year, of which 45 are awarded to US citizens.

Who’s Eligible

Any citizen outside of the UK who is admitted to Cambridge under its normal academic procedures, has an exemplary scholastic record, and is pursuing a full-time residential course of study.

Selection Process

Very competitive. Candidates must first be admitted to Cambridge (one of the top three research universities in the world), ranked by their department, and then short-listed by the Gates Cambridge Trust to be interviewed. About 250-300 candidates are interviewed for about 100 scholarships each year.

Pre-Application Process

None required. While the Gates Cambridge Scholarship does not require institutional endorsement like the Rhodes, the ONSF still wishes to assist you in the application process, so please make an appointment to discuss your application.

Application Process

Application due mid October, unless specific Cambridge department has earlier deadline.  Official application includes 3 letters of reference (2 academic, 1 other), transcripts, and degree certificates (if applicable). Other materials, such as a CV and writing samples may be required for certain departments.