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Fully Funded Gates Cambridge Scholarships for International Students - United Kingdom

Gates Cambridge Scholarships for International Students – UK

  • University of Cambridge
  • Fully Funded
  • United Kingdom
  • Any Subject
  • International Students
  • US citizens: 14 October 2020; Other applicants: 12 March 2021

Applications are invited for Fully Funded Gates Cambridge Scholarships from International students at the University of Cambridge, England.


The Gates Cambridge Scholarship program 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 will offer 80 fully funded 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


The Gates Cambridge Scholarship is one of the most generous international scholarships available. It covers the following costs:

  • the University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate
  • a maintenance allowance for a single student (£17,500 for 12 months at the 2020-21 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

Discretionary components

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


To be eligible for Gates Cambridge Scholarships, applicants must be:

  • 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


You may apply for admission to a postgraduate degree, a College place and various sources of funding (including Gates Cambridge) via the University’s Graduate Applicant Portal. Full details can be found at

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. Gates Cambridge has access to the full application for admission and funding when reviewing applications. 

As part of your application you will submit the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Statement
  • Research proposal (PhD applicants only)
  • Gates Cambridge reference