Candidates wishing to be considered for an award from Gates Cambridge must also provide the details of an additional referee, who can provide a personal (character) reference.
Wherever possible, references should be submitted via our online Referee Portal as described in our guidance for academic references.
Your personal referee should be someone who knows you personally and who has the requisite experience and standing to assess your personal achievements and capacities, as well as your academic qualities.
In many cases this would be an appropriate academic at your current or previous university. In the absence of an academic, a current or previous employer may also be appropriate.
Your personal referee must not be a friend or family relation. You should notify your referees immediately you decide to apply to Cambridge so that they can start to prepare your references.
A personal reference is not required for awards other than the Gates Cambridge Scholarships.