Purpose: Gates Cambridge Scholarships are full-cost awards for one year of graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The scholarships are highly competitive and are awarded to citizens of any country outside of the United Kingdom on the basis of the candidate's academic excellence, a good fit between the Scholar and the University of Cambridge, evidence of leadership potential and a commitment to improving the lives of others. Learn more about the Gates firsthand on the Office of Fellowships video page. (Scroll down to the correct video). Also on the Gates Cambridge website there is a 12 minute introductory film.
Eligibility: Gates Cambridge Scholars are eligible to receive funds for study in a wide variety of fields in science, humanities, and the social sciences. To be eligible an applicant must be a U.S. citizen, a graduating senior or alumnus under the age of 30; exhibit leadership potential and exceptional academic ability, and must apply to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study:
Research leading to the PhD degree
One-year post-graduate courses (e.g. MPhil, LLM, Diploma, MBA, etc)
2 year MSC degree
Second Bachelor degree as an Affiliated Student
MBBChir Clinical Studies
Non U.S. citizens may apply through their home country; deadlines vary.
Award amount and conditions: The annual value of the Scholarship is in excess of $30,000 and may possibly be renewed for four years for students wishing to obtain a Ph.D.
Number Offered: The Trust expects to elect around 110 new Scholars annually, of whom about 45 will be students who are permanently resident in the United States.
Application Process: Applicants do not need to be nominated by Amherst in order to apply. Students must apply for admission to the University of Cambridge before they will be eligible to apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. There are different deadlines and requirements for the University of Cambridge, choosing a college within the University, the Gates Scholarship, and options for applying online or by mail.
Deadline: There is no preliminary application for this scholarship. The Gates Cambridge Scholarship deadline coincides with that of the University of Cambridge in mid-October. The application may be submitted online. You must receive instructions and an ID number from Cambridge after you submit your application before you will be able to submit your supplementary materials. This may involve a waiting period of up to 30 hours. Consequently, you must start the submission process well before the final deadline so that all your materials will be received in time. There are exceptions; it is the candidate’s responsibility to clarify and meet these deadlines.
NIH Oxford Cambridge Program
If you are a US citizen interested in earning a doctorate in biomedical research, you may like to consider applying also to the NIH Oxford Cambridge Scholars Program. This program provides full funding for students to undertake collaborative PhD research between labs at NIH and the University of Cambridge; such awards can be held in conjunction with a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.
Official website address for Gates Cambridge Scholarship: http://www.gatesscholar.org/
To learn about the University of Cambridge admissions process go here: Cambridge Admissions
For more information:
Director of Fellowship Advising
413-542-2536 Fax: 413-542-8555
The Office is located in
213 Converse Hall.
The mailing address is:
Office of Fellowships
Amherst, MA 01002