Gates Cambridge Scholarship


Established by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2002, the Gates Cambridge Scholarships are intended for scholars of outstanding academic merit and leadership potential who are committed to serving their communities.

There are approximately 230 Gates Cambridge Scholars studying at Cambridge at any one time, with approximately 100 scholars coming from the United States. In selecting Gates Cambridge Scholars, the Gates Cambridge Trust seeks students of scholarly promise for whom further study at Cambridge would be particularly appropriate. Gates Cambridge Scholars will be expected to be leaders in addressing global problems relating to learning, technology, health, and social equity. The scholars are thus expected to use their education for the benefit of others and to show commitment to improving the common weal.


Scholars must gain admission to the University of Cambridge and pursue one of the following courses of study: second bachelor degree as an affiliated student, one-year postgraduate courses, or research leading to the degree of Ph.D.

Campus Advisor

Diane Johnson (


More information is available at the Gates Cambridge Scholarship Web site: