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The Gates Cambridge Scholarships were established in October 2000 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with a $210 million donation to enable outstanding graduate students from all around the world to study at the University of Cambridge.[1] The gift remains the largest single donation to a UK university in history.[2] Scholarships cover the full cost of a postgraduate degree in any subject at the University of Cambridge and a range of discretionary funding while at Cambridge. Scholars have access to the Gates Cambridge Scholars Room and there are a wide range of events and opportunies aimed at building a Scholar community in Cambridge. The first scholars arrived at Cambridge in October 2001 and between then and 2019 more than 1,700 individuals from over 100 countries have been awarded the scholarship[3].

Eligibility and criteriaEdit

Applicants from any country other than the United Kingdom are eligible for the scholarships. .

Selwyn College, Cambridge University

The Cambridge Gates Trust aims to maintain about 225 Scholars in residence at any time and 80 Scholars are selected each year from a pool of over 5,000 applicants. The Trustees are required to award scholarships on the basis of academic excellence, clear reasons for the choice of course at Cambridge, a commitment to improving the lives of others and a capacity for leadership[4].


The aim of the Gates Cambridge programme is to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. Scholars and alumni are already becoming leaders in their fields and contributing to finding solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems.

Gates Cambridge Scholars organizationsEdit

In 2002, Gates Cambridge Scholars self-organized and elected a student committee titled "The Gates Scholars' Council". The Council aims to represent the Gates Scholars at Cambridge and to build a scholar community interwoven into the fabric of the University. In cooperation with the Gates Cambridge Trust, the University and various academic and professional organizations, the Scholars' Council organizes a number of academic, social and professional events that have distinguished and built the reputation of the Gates Scholars at Cambridge University. The scholarship is particularly known for its strong academic and social community at Cambridge.

Trinity College, Cambridge University

In 2005, the Scholars once again self-organized to create the Gates Scholars Alumni Association. This association aims to build upon the friendships and contacts that were first made at Cambridge and to bridge the gap between the different generations of scholars. It is an active and growing organization, with members dispersed all over the world.

See alsoEdit


  • McCormack, Steve (9 March 2006). "Gates opening for the leaders of tomorrow". The Independent. Archived from the original on 12 August 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-02.
  1. ^ "7 Indians selected for Gates Cambridge Scholarship". Hindustan Times. 2018-04-12. Retrieved 2019-01-31.
  2. ^ "The Programme". Gates Cambridge.
  3. ^ jim.smith (2018-08-16). "The programme". Gates Cambridge. Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  4. ^ jim.smith (2018-08-16). "Apply overview". Gates Cambridge. Retrieved 2019-09-19.

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