Deadlines for October 2017 entry: 12 October 2016 (US round) and 7 December 2016 (International round). Check which one applies to you.

The two application rounds:

  • Round 1: US citizens normally resident in the USA
  • Round 2: citizens of all countries other than the USA (except the United Kingdom) and US citizens normally resident outside the USA

Key dates for each round for October 2017 entry are given below.

What stage? Round 1 Round 2
Applications open 5 September 2016 5 September 2016
Application deadline 12 October 2016* 7 December 2016*
Supporting documents deadline 7 days after submitting application 7 days after submitting application
References deadline 7 days after submitting application 7 days after submitting application
Departmental ranking October - November December - February
Trust shortlisting Mid-December Early March
Shortlisted candidates invited to interview Late December Early March
Interviews 27 & 28 January 2017 (USA) 28 & 29 March 2017 (Cambridge, UK)
Scholarships offered Early February Late March

Once you have submitted your application you and your referees will receive an email notification from the Graduate Admissions Office within 36 hours explaining how to upload supporting documents and references. You must submit this documentation by the deadlines given in this email.

Once your application has been received, Gates Cambridge will ask academic departments in Cambridge to rank their very best candidates. A shortlisting committee then applies the four main criteria of the Scholarships to produce a final interview list.

We hold interviews in the USA in late January for Round 1 candidates and in Cambridge in late March for Round 2 candidates. If you are unable to attend in person we will interview you by Skype or phone. You will be told within a week of the interview whether you have been successful.

We advise that you begin your application as early as possible and do not wait until the deadline.

  • You must submit your application no later than midday (UK time) on the dates given. Gates Cambridge cannot guarantee that applications submitted after the deadlines will be considered.
  • You must supply all supporting documents (transcripts and anything else required by the department) within 7 days of submitting your application.
  • You must supply references (two academic, one personal) within 7 days of submitting your application.
  • If English is not your first language you will need to submit evidence of your competence in English - this is not required at the point of application but will be a condition of any subsequent offer.

*Note: if a course deadline is earlier than the relevant funding deadline above, you must apply by the earlier course deadline.