Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Fellowship Information


Gates Cambridge Scholarships, endowed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, are awarded to outstanding students from outside the UK to pursue graduate study at the University of Cambridge. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

Who Should Apply:

Graduating seniors or recent graduates from any nation except the United Kingdom are eligible. Any major. Applicants must meet all entry criteria for Cambridge. Application for scholarship and Cambridge are all in one package. No age limit. Average GPA for recipients is 3.9. Applicants should show an understanding of what Cambridge offers and they should contact faculty they want to study with prior to applying.

Scholarships are awarded based on 4 major criteria

  • intellectual ability
  • leadership capacity
  • a person’s desire to use their knowledge to contribute to society throughout the world by providing service to their communities and applying their talents and knowledge to improve the lives of others
  • a good fit between the abilities and aspirations of the applicant and what the University of Cambridge can offer in its graduate program
Fellowship Benefits:

Discretionary components:

  • The Trust also considers applications for several types of additional funding on a discretionary basis:
  • Family allowance – please see webpage
  • Conference attendance – if you are presenting.
  • Fieldwork – you may apply to keep up to your normal maintenance allowance while on fieldwork as part of your PhD.
  • Some fourth year funding for PhD Scholars may be provided – but the term maintenance allowance reduces per term for up to a year
** Hardship funding – if there are unforeseen difficulties
Program Duration:

Depends on the degree, usually 1-3 years. Some 4 year funding is available for PhD scholars.

Number & Amount Available:

About 100 per year (around 35 from the United States). Scholarships cover the full cost of tuition and fees at Cambridge and also provide a living allowance, return airfare, a family allowance (if needed), plus funding for conferences and fieldwork.

Citizenship Requirements:
STEM Fields Only:
NC State Endorsement Required:

Student Information

Required GPA:
3.7 and above
Academic Level:


Initial Deadline:
October 15th (for US Citizens in the US)
NC State Campus Deadline:


National Deadline:
Oct 15 for US Citizens in US