Applications for October 2017 entry are now closed. But you can read up on how to apply for October 2018.

We are delighted that you are interested in applying for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Below you will find information which will help you make the best possible application. 


Gates Cambridge considers applications from citizens from outside the United Kingdom who wish to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge. See our eligibility page for details.


Applications open in early September for entry the following October. There are two Gates Cambridge application deadlines: mid-October (for US citizens resident in the USA) and early December (for all other eligible applicants). Further details are available from our deadlines page.

What we are looking for

Gates Cambridge selects Scholars using four criteria: academic excellence, leadership potential, a commitment to improving the lives of others and a good academic fit with Cambridge. You can read about how we interpret these on our ideal candidate page.

How to apply

You apply for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship at the same time as you apply for a degree course, a College place, and any other funding opportunities through the University of Cambridge Graduate Applicant Portal. You will need to supply various supporting documents (e.g. transcripts and academic references), including a personal reference for your application to Gates Cambridge.

In order to make the best possible application you should read the entire Apply section of this website in conjunction with the University's Graduate Admissions website and the website of the department to which you intend to apply. We advise you to research admission and funding as early as possible and not leave your application until the last minute.

The College system

If you would like to learn more about Cambridge's College system you can watch our College film and read full details on the Gradate Admissions Office's Colleges page.

How we select

Read about Gates Cambridge's three-stage selection process on the how we select page.

Get to know Gates Cambridge

The Gates Cambridge website is full of interesting content to allow you to get a good sense of the programme and its Scholars. We hope this helps and inspires you when crafting your application.

In our multimedia section you can watch short profile films of some of our Scholars, read The Scholar magazine or access other interesting content. 

Using our find a scholar function you can search for Scholars from your country,  area of academic interest or other data.

In the experience section you'll get a sense of what life as a Gates Cambridge Scholar (and the many opportunities it affords) is like - both at and beyond Cambridge.