Gates Scholarship Programme at University of Cambridge is available for international students who wish to pursue their studies at the university. We have offered details in this post on the eligibility for the scholarship and how to apply for the award.
Gates Cambridge Scholarship Programme
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship award program was created in October 2000 by an endowment of US$210m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge; this is the biggest ever single endowment to a UK university.
For 2022 entry, Gates Cambridge will provide 80 full-cost scholarship awards to exceptional candidates from countries outside the UK to study a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Around two-thirds of these scholarship awards will be provided to Ph.D. students, with around 25 awards available in the US round and 55 available in the International round.
Who can apply?
You can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship if you are:
- a citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom
- applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge:
- One year postgraduate course
Can Current Student at Cambridge Apply?
If you are currently studying at Cambridge and wish to apply for a new postgraduate course you can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. For example, if you are currently studying for an MPhil you can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue a PhD.
Current Gates Cambridge Scholars may also apply for a second scholarship if they are applying for a new degree. All current Cambridge students will be considered in round two.
However, if you have already started a course you cannot apply for a Gates Scholarship to fund the remainder of it.
General funding at Cambridge
Whether or not you are eligible for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you may be eligible for other funding offered by the University of Cambridge. Visit www.student-funding.cam.ac.uk for more details.
Courses which are NOT eligible for Gates Cambridge Scholarships
- Any Undergraduate degree, such as BA (undergraduate) or BA affiliated (a second BA)
- Business Doctorate (BusD)
- Master of Business (MBA)
- Master of Finance (MFin)
- MBBChir Clinical Studies
- MD Doctor of Medicine degree (6 years, part-time)
- Graduate Course in Medicine (A101)
- Part-time degrees
- Non-degree courses
Benefits of Gates Scholarship Programme
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship award is one of the most substantial international scholarship awards available. It covers the following costs:
- The University Composition Fee at the applicable rate*
- A maintenance stipend for a single student (£17,500 for 12 months at the current rate; pro rata for courses not longer than 12 months) – for PhD scholars the grant is for up to 4 years
- One economy single flight ticket at both the start and end of the course
- Inbound visa expenses & the expense of the Immigration Health Surcharge
Applications for the academic year 2023-24 entry will open in September.
Gates Cambridge manages two selection rounds each year; full details are below.
If after reading the details below you are not sure in which round you should apply please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details.
Whether or not you are eligible for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you may be eligible for other funding offered by the University of Cambridge. See www.student-funding.cam.ac.uk for more details.
How To Apply
Visit the Gates Cambridge official webpage
Complete a combined application form
Applicants submit their application for admission and funding (Gates Scholarship and other funding) via the University’s Graduate Application Portal.
To be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you must complete the section to apply for admission to a course and a College place and the Gates Cambridge part of the funding section.