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Gates Cambridge Scholarship
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.
While the Gates Cambridge Scholarship does not currently ask universities to nominate students, CURF will be happy to discuss your application with you and advise you on completing it.
Eligibility and Qualifications
There will be from 80-110 Gates Cambridge Scholars each year, with approximately 40 awarded to students from the US. Non-US citizens studying in the US are eligible and should follow the process based on their country of citizenship.
- Applicants from any country other than the UK are eligible (NOTE: UK citizens *MAY* be eligible starting in Fall 2016)
- 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
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.
While students are not required to obtain Penn endorsement, CURF requests that Gates applicants create a single pdf of the required application materials (with the exception of recommendations) and submit that document to CURF at https://secure.www.upenn.edu/curf/form/fellowships-internal-application.
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 consider applying to the Churchill Scholarship
2016 Application Deadlines have not yet been announced. Applications from US citizens were due October 14, 2015. Applications from non-US citizens were due December 2, 2015.
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.
Dr. Wallace Genser
Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships
The ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6224
Please call 215-746-6488 to schedule an appointment