Gates Cambridge Scholarship

According to the Gates Cambridge Scholarship website, the aim of the Gates Cambridge program is to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. The criteria for the scholarship are outstanding intellectual ability, excellent reasons for choice of course at Cambridge, a commitment to improving the lives of others, and leadership potential. International students are eligible to apply, except for citizens of the United Kingdom.


To apply, you must be: 
  1. A citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom
  2. Applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge: PhD (three year research-only degree); MSc or MLitt (two year research-only degree); or a one year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA, etc.), though there are some exceptions.

Official Website

Introductory Video from the Gates Cambridge Trust


When to Apply

Applicants should begin the process in the Spring/Summer prior to the Fall in which they plan to submit the application, though they can begin working with CUSE at any time.

Next Steps

  1. Review the eligibility requirements on this page to ensure that you are (or will be) eligible to apply.
  2. Review the current application deadlines to ensure that the application deadlines have not passed.
  3. Review the introductory video from the Gates Cambridge Trust.
  4. Complete the brief Declaration of Interest Form and submit a resume via email to so that you are on the CUSE contact list for this fellowship.

At any point, feel free to contact us with questions to discuss the process in more detail.

Important Dates and Deadlines