Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

About the Gates Cambridge Scholarship

This relatively new scholarship foundation, the Gates Cambridge Trust, was established in 2000 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The scholarship funds full cost graduate scholarships for study at the University of Cambridge and is open to students from any discipline. Applicants must gain a place at Cambridge through its regular admission process. Gates Cambridge Scholars are selected not only for their intellectual ability, but for their demonstrated commitment to reducing inequality and improving lives around the world. In its creation of a strong, international network of future leaders, the Gates Cambridge trust seeks to ensure that its scholars are committed to work that is both informed by ethical concerns and relevant to current pressing problems. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of academic excellence, leadership potential, and a commitment to improving the lives of others.

Special Location of award, if applicable: University of Cambridge

Eligible applicants:

• will apply for and be admitted to a full-time course of study at the University of Cambridge (research leading to the Ph.D., or a 1-2 year postgraduate degree)
• can articulate why they want to come to Cambridge in particular, and how their abilities and goals fit with their chosen program at Cambridge.

Student year:

Student year at time of application:  Graduate or Senior

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

No citizenship requirement

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship application process:

Successful applicants must be able to demonstrate a clear ability to lead; evidence of leadership can be expressed in a multitude of ways but you should be thinking about leadership opportunities both on- and off-campus. The Trust seeks individuals whose ambitions are important to the world and society at large. ***Note: Non-U.S. citizens and U.S. citizens normally resident outside of the U.S. have a later deadline: December 7, 2016.

Begin researching graduate programs at Cambridge and identify the best fit for your intellectual and professional aims ( You’ll apply first through CFSA in mid-August, then directly to Cambridge. Most deadline dates for admission to Cambridge are October to November.

Advising contact:

Jolynn Parker  Email:
More Information:

Enter any terms you are interested, such as “Government” or “Biotechnology”,