Gates Cambridge Scholarship

The National Scholarship Program is now accepting pre-applications for
Gates Cambridge Scholarships which support international graduate level study at University of Cambridge.  

The priority pre-application deadline to be considered for a nomination to compete for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship is April 13th.

The Gates Cambridge opportunities can be explored on the Gates Cambridge website.

The official deadline to submit Gates Cambridge Scholarship pre-applications is June 16. After June 16, the National Scholarship Program will only review Gates Cambridge pre-applications from students who can demonstrate significant knowledge about the scholarship and their proposed program of study. 

If you have any questions after thoroughly exploring the opportunities, please email Dr. Maureen Harke at

Gates Cambridge Scholarship Information


Gates Cambridge Scholarships are for graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.  Scholarships are awarded on the following criteria:  intellectual ability, leadership capacity, a good fit with Cambridge, and a commitment to improving the lives of others.

  • You can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship if you are:
  • a citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom
  • applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge:
  • PhD (three year research-only degree)
  • MSc or MLitt (two year research-only degree)
  • One year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)

If you are currently studying at Cambridge and wish to apply for a new postgraduate course you can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. For example, if you are currently studying for an MPhil you can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue a PhD. Current Gates Cambridge Scholars may also apply for a second scholarship if they are applying for a new degree. All current Cambridge students will be considered in round two. However, if you have already started a course you cannot apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to fund the remainder of it.

Gates Cambridge Selection Criteria

Gates Cambridge uses a three-stage selection process to ensure Scholars meet all of our criteria to the highest degree.

1. Departmental ranking

In order to ensure only the most academically outstanding candidates are considered, the Trust asks academic departments in Cambridge to rank eligible applicants on academic ability only. Those who are put forward by their departments are considered the most academically outstanding applicants they have received that year.

2. Shortlisting

Once the Trust has a list of all ranked candidates, these are divided into broad subject areas and passed to our Shortlisting Committees. These Committees look at the candidates' entire application pack (including the Gates Cambridge Statement and Reference) and apply all four Gates Cambridge criteria in order to identify those who will be invited for interview. Everyone who is shortlisted for interview will have gone through an exceptionally competitive process and will show evidence of meeting the four Gates Cambridge criteria

3. Interview

All shortlisted candidates have a short interview to assess how they meet all four Gates Cambridge criteria and Scholars are selected after interview. More details are available from the interview page.

Year of Application
Senior or Graduate
Pre-Application Process
Although the Gates Cambridge Scholarship does not require institutional endorsement, the National Scholarship Program would like to assist candidates in the application process and require the completion of a Pre-Application.
Application Process
The application includes three letters of recommendation (two academic and one other), transcripts, and degree certificate (if applicable).  See the Gates Cambridge website for the official list of application materials.

Application Deadlines
For campus and national deadlines, click here.
Official Website
CMU Contacts

  • Maureen Harke, Ph.D. - Associate Director, National Scholarship Program, (989) 774-3902,
  • Nicole Sparling-Barco, Ph.D., - Director of University Honors and the National Scholarship Program, (989) 774-3902,