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The University of Cambridge is one of the leading Universities of Europe.  The award of a Gates Cambridge Scholarship provides excellent opportunities for personal intellectual development, living and working alongside other similarly outstanding students from the UK and from many other countries.

The University of Cambridge

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

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The Gates Cambridge Trust

US citizens planning graduate study at Cambridge University, England. All applicants are expected to hold academic qualifications that will enable them to gain admission to the highly selective graduate programs of Cambridge University. Scholars should be able to demonstrate potential for further scholarly development and to exhibit a commitment to use the benefits of higher education for the common good.

Eligibility Limitations:
Foreign nationals educated in the United States may still apply, but the application process follows a different time-line. In many cases, a Preliminary Application Form (PAF) must be sent to Cambridge to see if the University is interested enough to encourage the student to submit scholarship materials.


Cambridge University, England.

1-4 years, depending on the course of study.

Application Requirements:
All applicants apply simultaneously for admission as a graduate student to the University of Cambridge and a Gates Cambridge Scholarship using the one application pack.

Typical Essay Question:
"In not more than 500 words, please describe below how your interests and achievements, both academic and extra-curricular, 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."

Campus Deadline:
N/A, 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 2018

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.

Finalists will be notified of the competition's outcome in early February, 2019.

Who applies nationwide?
In each application year, approximately 90 awards are distributed, and of these, approximately 40 are granted to US citizens applying to the Trust. Approximately 800 applications are received from American students, 100 of whom are named as Finalists and invited to interview.

Recent Brandeis University Winners and Finalists:
Congratulations to Sophie Rosenberg '10, who has earned a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to suppor her work toward a Ph.D. in politics and international studies at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests include the politics of public international law, transitional justice and the International Criminal Court. Sophie is the first Gates Cambridge Scholar at Brandeis since Wendi Adelson '01, who studied International Relations at Cambridge. Several students have also been named as Finalists by the Gates Cambridge Trust: Elizabeth Stoker '13, Tobias Harris '05, Gloria Sheu '05, Shlomo Meislin '04, and Daniel Abadi '02.

Scholarship Application
Graduate Studies at Cambridge

E-mail: info@gates.scholarships.cam.ac.uk