Deadline Application available - September 2018
Final deadline - October 2018
Eligibility bachelor's by time of award
Award funding for graduate program at Cambridge

Candidates must:

  • hold, or expect to obtain before the application deadline, a bachelor's degree
  • gain admission to the University of Cambridge and to a constituent college
  • may be citizens of any country outside the UK


Gates Cambridge Scholarships are prestigious, highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

Selection Criteria

  • outstanding intellectual ability
  • leadership potential
  • a commitment to improving the lives of others
  • a good fit between the applicant's qualifications and aspirations and the postgraduate program at Cambridge for which they are applying

NYU Endorsement

If applying for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, please note that you do not require a letter of endorsement from NYU. However, we are happy to support you in your application, and will offer feedback. When you have a draft, feel free to make an appointment with one of us on our Support Structures Page.

Advice from NYU Gates Cambridge Finalist and Recipient

Emily Spitz (finalist, 2015):

Advice: The best piece of advice I received when I was applying was to take ownership of my accomplishments. Don’t waste time comparing yourself to other candidates or thinking that you didn’t do enough to warrant such a prestigious scholarship. You have something to offer, and you have to believe that before you can convince anyone else of the fact. Throughout the application and interview process, I took the time to think about what I value, and how I wanted to help other people with my talents in the future. At the end of the day, I came away with a self-awareness that was more significant than any monetary prize. 


Hannah Carlan (2013):

Advice: Prepare your applications early and make sure you have a professor or mentor read your statement more than once to provide comments. Your statement of purpose is the most distinctive part of your application, and the more feedback you have, the better! It also helps to do a mock interview with a member of the scholarships office to both dispel nervousness and learn how to translate your personal experience into succinct qualities that make you a strong candidate.