The Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Who is eligible? Applicant must have been admitted to Cambridge University through the University's normal application procedures. Candidates are usually under 30 years old.
When is the Deadline? Campus Deadline: October 2, 2015
Gates Deadline: October 14, 2015 (midnight UK TIME) for U.S. citizens "normally resident in the USA"
Description This program hopes to create a network of future leaders from around the world who will bring new vision and commitment to improving the circumstances of citizens in their respective countries
How Do I Apply? Applicants for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship must apply to the University of Cambridge in the normal way and also submit the Cambridge Trusts Scholarship Application form.
Essay(s): Some faculty and departments ask you to provide written work so they can make an assessment of your knowledge and the level at which you are working.
What happens after I submit an application? The Gates Cambridge Trust will draw up a shortlist of applicants to be invited to interview, and also takes advice from the various academic committees at Cambridge about the relative merits of the different applications.
What's next? Candidates accepted for admission at Cambridge and awarded the Gates Scholarship take up residence at the University following the schedule for normal matriculants. Applicants who are declined scholarships are automatically considered for a part-cost award from other Cambridge Trusts.

In October 2000, the Bill and Melinda Gates Fund of Seattle, Washington, USA announced a donation to the University of Cambridge of $210 million to establish the Gates Cambridge Trust.

This benefaction creates in perpetuity an international scholarship program to enable outstanding graduate students from outside the United Kingdom to study at the University of Cambridge. The Trustees are required to award scholarships 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. Each year, approximately 100 new Gates Scholars are elected.

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