Timeline

Gates Cambridge manages two selection rounds each year; full details are below.

If after reading the details below you are not sure in which round you should apply please email info@gatescambridge.org with details.

Whether or not you are eligible for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you may be eligible for other funding offered by the University of Cambridge. See www.student-funding.cam.ac.uk for more details.

  1. US citizens resident in the USA
  2. All other eligible applicants

US citizens resident in the USA

This is the earlier round for applicants who are both US citizens and normally resident in the United States; it is specific to Gates Cambridge. Dates for October 2021 entry will be advertised shortly.

What stage? Date
Applications open 2 September 2019
Application deadline 9 October 2019
Departmental ranking October – November
Trust shortlisting Early December
Shortlisted candidates invited to interview Mid-December
All applicants notified of application outcome 20 December 2019
Interviews 24 & 25 January 2020 (Seattle, USA)
Scholarships offered Early February
Scholarships accepted 48 hours after offer

All other eligible applicants

The large majority of applicants will apply in this round, which is also aligned with the University’s postgraduate funding competition. There are two possible application deadlines and these are based on course to which your are applying. Dates for October 2021 entry will be advertised shortly.

What stage? Date
Applications open 2 September 2019
Application deadline Dependent on your course – either 3 December 2019 or 7 January 2020
Departmental ranking December – February
Trust shortlisting Mid-February
Shortlisted candidates invited to interview Early March
All applicants notified of application outcome 13 March 2020
Interviews 23 & 24 March 2020 (Cambridge, UK)
Scholarships offered Late March
Scholarships accepted 48 hours after offer