Gates Cambridge Scholarship Program
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship program was established in October 2000 by a donation of $210 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge; this is the largest-ever single donation to a U.K. university.
Gates Cambridge offers scholarships to outstanding applicants from countries outside the U.K. to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Approximately two-thirds of these awards will be offered to PhD students.
- U.S. citizens planning graduate study at Cambridge University, England.
- Academic qualifications that will enable one to gain admission to the highly selective graduate programs of Cambridge University.
- Ability to demonstrate potential for further scholarly development and to exhibit a commitment to use the benefits of higher education for the common good.
- Foreign nationals educated in the U.S. may still apply, but the application process follows a different timeline.
- In many cases, a preliminary application form must be sent to Cambridge to see if the university is interested enough to encourage the student to submit scholarship materials.
Cambridge University, England
Amount, Duration of Award
Award covers the full cost of of a full-time graduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Approximately 80 scholarships will be awarded in 2020. The awards are for one to four years, depending on course of study.
- All applicants apply simultaneously for admission as a graduate student to the University of Cambridge and a Gates Cambridge Scholarship using one application pack.
- Typical essay question: In not more than 500 words, please describe below how your interests and achievements, both academic and extracurricular, demonstrate a capacity for leadership, commitment to using your knowledge to serve your community and to applying your talents to improve the lives of others. Please also explain how your proposed studies in Cambridge will help you with the aims of your future career.
Dates, Deadlines and Notification
- Campus deadline: Not applicable, since candidates must apply directly both to Cambridge and to the Gates Trust. All Brandeis students are welcome to contact Academic Fellowships for feedback and advice on their application, however.
- Final deadline: October 2021 (US citizens)
- Final dealine: December 2021 (non-US citizens)
- Interviews: Finalists will be invited to interview with a panel of four people, usually consisting of a representative of the trust, two academics and a former Gates Cambridge scholar. We are happy to arrange mock interviews for Gates Finalists. Please be in touch regarding your progress in the competition.
- Notification: Finalists will be notified of the competition's outcome in early February 2022.
Past Brandeis Winners, Finalists
- Sophie Rosenberg ’10, winner, PhD program in politics and international studies
- Wendi Adelson ’01, winner, MPhil program in international relations and affairs
- Elizabeth Stoker ’13, finalist
- Tobias Harris ’05, finalist
- Gloria Sheu ’05, finalist
- Shlomo Meislin ’04, finalist
- Daniel Abadi ’02, finalist