Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

About the Gates Cambridge Scholarship

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship program was established in October 2000 by a donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge. 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.

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

No citizenship requirement

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship application process:

Review the scholarship website for information about the scholarship requirements, eligibility and application process.

Begin researching graduate programs at Cambridge and identify the best fit for your intellectual and professional aims ( Successful applicants must have an outstanding academic record, be able to demonstrate a clear ability to lead, have a commitment to improving the lives of others and be a good academic fit with Cambridge.

Discuss your plans to apply for the scholarship with your mentor(s) and with CFSA in the spring semester.

You will need to submit an “intent to apply” form to CFSA by June 30th.

If approved by CFSA, you will then proceed to start your application for graduate admission and funding via the Graduate Applicant portal: Applications open on September 1.

In addition to submitting the required documents for the graduate program you are applying to, Gates Cambridge applicants have to submit:
– the Gates statement
– one Gates reference letter

Most deadlines for admission to Cambridge are in October to November. Application for the Gates Cambridge is in October.
Non-U.S. citizens and U.S. citizens who are residing outside of the U.S. have a later deadline: either in early December or early January (depending on the discipline).

Interested? Contact CFSA for information on how to get started.

Advising contact:

Jolynn Parker  Email:
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