The Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme (Masters & PhD) in UK for International Students.

Application deadline: Dependent on course – either 6 December 2017 or 4 January 2018 (For non-US citizens)

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.

Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.


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 (three year research-only degree)
    • MSc or MLitt (two year research-only degree)
    • One year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)

Use the Eligibility checker to know if you are eligible.

Each Scholar is different and brings something unique to the programme. But the Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme is looking for four key criteria:

  • Academic excellence
  • Leadership potential
  • A commitment to improving the lives of others
  • A good academic fit with Cambridge.

Scholarship Value

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

Core components

  • the University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate*
  • a maintenance allowance for a single student (£14,900 for 12 months at the 2017-18 rate; pro rata for courses shorter than 12 months)
  • one economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course
  • inbound visa costs & the cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge.  Read more.

How to apply

Applicants must submit an application for graduate admission, a College place and funding – including a Gates Cambridge Scholarship – via the University’s Graduate Applicant Portal.

In addition to the section for admission, the University’s graduate application form includes a specific Gates Cambridge section which asks applicants to submit the following:

  • A 3,000 character (500 word) statement about their fit with the Gates Cambridge programme
    ​A (non-academic) reference about their fit with Gates Cambridge
  • All applicants must submit an up to date CV/resume.


Application deadline: Dependent on course – either 6 December 2017 or 4 January 2018 (For non-US citizens)

For more information, please visit the official website of  the Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme.


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