Gates Cambridge Scholarship for Master and PhD studies in the United Kingdom

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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.

For 2020 entry, Gates Cambridge will offer 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

There are about 225 Scholars from c. 50 countries studying in Cambridge at any one time who pursue the full range of subjects available at the University and are spread across its departments and Colleges.

The aim of the Gates Cambridge programme is to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

Eligibility

Check if you are eligible to 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:
    • PhD
    • MSc/MLitt
    • One year postgraduate course (with some exceptions – see below)

The courses not eligible for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship are listed at the bottom of this page.

You can use the form below to quickly check if you are eligible to apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship and, if so, in which of the two application rounds you must apply. 

Deadlines

Applications for October 2020 entry are now open.

Gates Cambridge considers candidates in two selection rounds each year:

Round 1: US citizens living in the USA only

Applicants in this round must apply by 9 October 2019 for entry in October 2020.

Round 2: All other eligible applicants (part of the Graduate Funding Competition)

The application deadline in this round is determined by the course you are applying for and is set by the central Graduate Admissions Office. You can find which of the two deadlines below applies to you by checking the Graduate Funding Competition deadline in the course directoryPlease also note that if a course deadline is earlier than the relevant funding deadline above (e.g. the LLM in Law), you must apply by the earlier course deadline.

Gates Cambridge follow the University of Cambridge application deadline time rule of midday (UK time) on the relevant application deadline day. 

Application materials

To apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you need to submit an application for admission and funding

Applicants submit their application for admission and funding (Gates Cambridge and other funding) via the University’s Graduate Application Portal. See How to apply for details.

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:

How to apply

Ready to make an application?

You may apply for admission to a postgraduate degree, a College place and various sources of funding (including Gates Cambridge) via the University‚Äôs Graduate Applicant Portal. Full details can be found at www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk.

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