The Gates Cambridge Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship in any subject area for students to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Cambridge. The scholarships are for one, two, or three years, with a possible extension to a fourth year.
Eligibility and Qualifications
There will be from 80-110 Gates Cambridge Scholars each year, with approximately 40 awarded to students from the U.S. Non-U.S. citizens studying in the U.S. are eligible and should follow the process based on their country of citizenship.
- Applicants from any country other than the U.K. are eligible
- Students must have completed a bachelor’s degree before beginning study at Cambridge
- Candidates will be expected to have excellent transcripts showing evidence of sustained achievement, together with strong academic references
Application Procedures and Selection Criteria
Students do not need to submit their applications through CURF or to obtain Penn endorsement. However, Penn students or alumni interested in the Gates Cambridge Scholarship are encouraged to contact CURF for further advice, guidance and application assistance. Penn undergraduates, graduate students or recent alumni applying for the Gates should also apply for the Thouron Award (US citizens only.) Applicants in math, science and engineering should apply also to the Churchill Scholarship.
There is no Gates application separate from the Cambridge graduate application (GRADSAF). That application includes a supplemental personal essay for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship and another for the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and the Cambridge Overseas Research Trusts.
The application is entirely electronic although supplemental materials may need to be submitted in hard copy. Recommenders are prompted to upload their letters when the candidate submits the final application. They then have 14 days in which to submit letters.
Graduate programs at Cambridge may require additional materials which vary depending on the course of study or research degree. Students are advised to look carefully at the application materials required for their particular course of study.
Applications from US citizens are due October 15. Applications from non-US citizens are due December 3.
All applications will be reviewed at Cambridge and selected candidates will be interviewed, US citizens in February and non-US citizens, often by phone or Skype, in late January or early February.