Gates Cambridge Scholarship Programme | How To Apply

Gates Cambridge Scholarship Programme application | How to apply online.

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Gates Cambridge Scholarship

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Details of Gates Cambridge Scholarship Application Form

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme was established in October 2000 by a donation of US$210m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge; this is the largest ever single donation to a UK university.

Each year Gates Cambridge offers c.80 full-cost scholarships to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Approximately two-thirds of these awards will be offered to PhD students, with approximately 25 awards available in the US round and 55 available in the International round.

The selection criteria are:

  • outstanding intellectual ability
  • reasons for choice of course
  • a commitment to improving the lives of others
  • leadership potential


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:
    • PhD
    • MSc/MLitt
    • One year postgraduate course
    • Benefits


      A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge. It also provides additional, discretionary funding.

      Core components

      • the University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate*
      • a maintenance allowance for a single student (£17,848 for 12 months at the 2021-22 rate; pro rata for courses shorter than 12 months) – for PhD scholars the award is for up to 4 years
      • one economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course
      • inbound visa costs & the cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge

      * The University Composition Fee varies for different types of students; applicants should see the Graduate Studies prospectus for full details about precise amounts. Where a student from the European Union has been successful in gaining a fees award from public authorities they must accept this and the Trust will not pay these fees.

      Discretionary components

      The Trust also considers applications for several types of additional funding on a discretionary basis:

      • Academic development funding – from up to £500 to up to £2,000, dependent on the length of your course, to attend conferences and courses.
      • Family allowance – up to £10,120 for one child and up to £14,440 for two or more children (2021-22 rate). No funding is provided for a partner.
      • Fieldwork – you may apply to keep up to your normal maintenance allowance while on fieldwork as part of your PhD (the Trust does not fund other fieldwork costs as these should be funded by the University Composition Fee).
      • Maternity/Paternity funding – should you require it, you may apply to intermit your studies for up to 6 months and continue to receive your maintenance allowance during this time
      • Hardship funding – for unforeseen difficulties


      The large majority of applicants will apply in this round, which is aligned with the University’s postgraduate funding competition. There are two possible application deadlines and these are based on the course to which your are applying.

      What stage? Date
      Applications open  Thursday 02 September 2021
      Application deadline Dependent on your course – either 02 December 2021 or 06 January 2022 (see Course Directory)
      Departmental ranking December – February
      All applicants notified of application outcome February 2022
      On-line review and selection by panels February and March 2022
      Scholarships offered Late March
      Scholarships accepted 72 hours after offer

      For More Information:

      Visit the Official Webpage of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship Programme 2022/2023

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