The Gates-Cambridge Scholarship
In 2000, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation established the Gates-Cambridge Trust at the University of Cambridge, England. Its purpose is to enable "outstanding" graduate students from around the world to study at the university. Each year, about 100 scholarships are awarded; roughly 40 of these are given to students from the U.S.
The scholarship covers all expenses for pursuing graduate studies at Cambridge University for a period equal to the duration of the applicant's proposed program of study (usually one to three years). Generally, PhD candidates are funded for a period of three years. It may be possible to extend the period of study funded by the scholarship beyond the initial term. The scholarship includes tuition, roundtrip airfare to the UK, a stipend for living expenses, and a discretionary allowance for educational expenses.
Students may pursue full-time study in any discipline offered at Cambridge. See website for further details on eligible programs of study.
- not be a citizen of the United Kingdom
- be applying separately for a graduate degree program at Cambridge
- receive a bachelor's degree before the proposed study at Cambridge
- have a high GPA (should be 3.8 or higher) and high GRE scores
Scholarships are awarded "on the basis of a person's intellectual ability, leadership capacity and desire to use their knowledge to contribute to society throughout the world by providing service to their communities and applying their talents and knowledge to improve the lives of others."
Students must be admitted to Cambridge through the traditional academic procedure, meeting academic criteria for admission to a chosen course of study, in addition to applying for the Gates-Cambridge.
Applicants who are not native English speakers must demonstrate their language proficiency.
External deadline: October 2010 (TBA)