Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Application Deadlines:

US Applicants: October 10, 2018** (tentative)
International Applicants: December 2018 or January 2019 (varies based on proposed course)

Open to: Seniors and recent grads
Award type: Academic
Area(s) of study: All fields
Award criteria: academic achievement; leadership
Award provides: Funds the full cost of full-time graduate study in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.
Open to international students: Yes (open to citizens of any country outside the UK)

Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must apply to a PhD (three year research-only degree), one year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MBA, Diploma, etc.), or two year research-only degree (MSc or MLitt) at the University of Cambridge

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Applicants must have an outstanding academic record (the average GPA of Gates Scholars is 3.92), demonstrated intellectual distinction as evidenced by previous honors, awards, or recognitions, strong preparation for the proposed field of graduate study, and will have been ranked by Cambridge departments as the most academically outstanding applicants in a given year. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate a strong fit between the interests and abilities of the applicant and the graduate program selected by the applicant. Applicants must also demonstrate proven leadership capacity and the ability to use knowledge to contribute to society through service.

Application components:

  • Completed application to the University of Cambridge (including application form, 2 academic letters of reference, transcripts, and any additional materials required by the specific graduate program to which the student is applying)
  • Personal statement
  • 1 personal letter of reference

For more information and to register your interest in the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, complete the NS&FP Postgraduate Programs Interest Form.

This award does not require Emory endorsement.

NS&FP advisors are available to advise and provide feedback for Gates Cambridge applicants. Make an appointment with a National Scholarships and Fellowships Program advisor. We will help you determine your eligibility and, if you choose to apply, provide feedback on your application.

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