Gates Cambridge Scholarship

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National Deadline - Oct. 14, 2015
Gates Cambridge Website and Application
University of Cambridge Graduate Prospectus
Stanford Pre-Application Form


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently established the Gates Cambridge Scholars program. The goal is "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. Over time, it is anticipated that Gates Cambridge Scholars will become leaders in helping to address global problems related to health, equity, technology, and learning."

The Award

The scholarship funds 1-4 years of graduate study at the University of Cambridge. If a student is successful in obtaining a Gates Award for a one year Masters they can then apply for further funding for a higher degree.


Candidates for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship:

  • may be citizens of any country outside the United Kingdom
  • may apply to study any subject available at the University of Cambridge
  • must apply to pursue a full-time residential courses of study
  • must be admitted to Cambridge through the University's normal academic procedures - the Trust cannot admit students
  • must have a bachelors degree or equivalent by the start of the grant

There is no restriction on the choice of subject a student can pursue under a Gates Award. But applicants are reminded of the need to consider issues of social equity in the guidelines. It is unlikely that awards will be given for clinical Medical studies.

There is no campus process for the Gates Scholarship. Interested student should review the Gates Website, and read the three Stanford Campus Handouts, "Should I Apply" "Guide for the Stanford Applicant" and "The Process of Applying".


There are two application rounds.
Round 1: US citizens normally resident in the USA - deadline Oct. 14, 2015
Round 2: Citizens of all other countries other than the US (except the United Kingdom) and US citizens normally resident outside the USA - deadline Dec. 2, 2015

Gates Multimedia

Click here for a video presentation of How to Apply for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship.


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