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Gates Cambridge Scholarship


In October 2000, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation of Seattle, WA, announce a donation to the University of Cambridge as an endowment for the Gates Cambridge Trust. The purpose of the Trust is to award scholarships to enable outstanding young men and women from outside the United Kingdom to study as graduate students at the University of Cambridge. The Trustees award scholarships on the basis of a person’s intellectual ability, capacity for leadership, and desire to use their knowledge to contribute to the well-being of society. All fields of study are welcome. 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. All non-UK citizens are eligible to apply for the Gates Cambridge Scholarships.




Application Information

Applicants do NOT need to be nominated by Dartmouth, and should apply directly to the Gates Cambridge Trust for the Scholarship as well as applying to the University of Cambridge for graduate admission.  You are responsible for submitting your application and supporting materials by the Gates Cambridge Scholarship and University of Cambridge deadline.  See Application Timetable for more information.




  • Interview Process.  Interviews for US candidates will be held in Annapolis, MD at the beginning of February.


Gates Cambridge Scholarship Schedule

October 15,

Final Deadline for Application Materials for US citizens

December 1

Deadline for all other applicants

Early February

Finalist Interviews in Annapolis, MD for US citizens (late March for non-US citizens)

Early February-Late March

Gates Cambridge Scholars Announced


Additional Information

Gates Cambridge Website

Email Scholarship Advising

Frequently Asked Questions


Last Updated: 5/10/11