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Gates Cambridge Scholarships are extremely competitive: c. 4,000 applicants apply for 95 Scholarships each year.

Given the intense competition, the Trust has a four stage selection process:

  • Departmental ranking - the very best applicants to each department are ranked on academic merit only
  • Shortlisting - Gates Cambridge committees review the applications of ranked candidates using all four Gates Cambridge criteria and put forward a list for interview
  • Interview - all shortlisted candidates have a short interview to assess how they meet all four Gates Cambridge criteria
  • Selection - chairs of interview panels meet to decide the final list of Scholars

Fuller details about each stage are available from the menu on the left.

Please note that Trust is not able to provide feedback to applicants.


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