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  • Locations: Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Academic Year
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Columbia Dates & Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline/Columbia Clearance Deadline Decision Date & Deadline Note Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 10/11/2017
10/11/2017 TBA TBA

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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: Fellowship Program
Program Advisor: Jodi Zaffino:, Scott Carpenter: Eligibility - Home School: Columbia Alum, Columbia College, Columbia General Studies, Columbia SEAS
Discipline: Arts and Architecture, Foreign Language Learning, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM Eligibility - Class Year: Columbia Alumna/us, Senior
Eligibility - Nationality/Citizenship: Not U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident Fellowship Type: Postgraduate Degree-Seeking, Public Service
Program Description:
Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive full-cost scholarships awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the U.K. 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. To date, the Gates Cambridge Scholarship has supported over 1,000 scholars from 90 countries.

A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge.  Core components include the University Composition fee and College fees, a maintenance allowance of £14, 600 for twelve months, and round-trip airfare to and from the U.K. 

To be eligible for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, an applicant must be a citizen of any country outside the U.K. and either: applying to pursue a full-time residential Ph.D. (three-year research-only degree), M.Sc. or M.Litt. (two-year research-only degree), or a one-year postgraduate course; or already a student at Cambridge and applying for a new postgraduate course—for example, a student in an M.Phil. course can apply for a scholarship to do a Ph.D., but may not apply for a scholarship to continue a degree program he or she has already started; or already a Gates Cambridge Scholar and applying for a second scholarship—such students must apply by the second (international) deadline and go through the same process of departmental ranking, short-listing, and interviewing as all other candidates.

Certain courses are ineligible for scholarship support:  B.A. (undergraduate), B.A. affiliated (second or honors B.A.), M.B.B.Chir. Clinical Studies, part-time degrees, non-degree courses, and courses at other universities.

While there is no one template that describes a Gates Cambridge Scholar, the program does look for four critical criteria in identifying future scholars: academic excellence, a good fit with Cambridge, leadership potential, and a commitment to working for the greater good.

Please note: The Gates-Cambridge Scholarship application is included as part of the application to Cambridge University. This OGP application solely registers your intent to apply for the Gates-Cambridge as a student or alumni of CC, SEAS, or GS, and allows our office to better facilitate communication with you, while you undergo the actual Gates-Cambridge application process. The OGP application does not constitute any part of the official application you will submit directly to the University in order to be considered for the Gates-Cambridge Scholarship. For details on the official Gates-Cambridge Scholarship, required submission materials, and official deadlines for both US and non-US citizens, please see:

Meet Columbia's most recent Gates-Cambridge Scholars: Sophie Wilkowske '17CC (History), Elizabeth Walsh '14GS (Anthropology)

This program is currently not accepting applications.