Gates Cambridge Scholarship Programme

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Deadline: 11 October 2017
Eligibilityoutstanding applicants from countries outside the UK
Scholarship: tuition fees, maintenance allowance, one economy single airfare, inbound visa costs


The Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme was established in October 2000 by a donation of USD 210 m 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.

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

Other criteria

  • 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:
    • Ph.D. (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.).


  • The University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate;
  • A maintenance allowance for a single student (14,900 GBP 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.

Discretionary components:

  • Academic development funding – from 500 GBP to 2,000 GBP, dependent on the length of your course, to attend conferences and courses;
  • Family allowance – up to 10,120 GBP for a first child and up to 4,320 GBP for a second child (2016-17 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 Ph.D. (the Trust does not fund other field work costs as these should be funded by the University Composition Fee);
  • Hardship funding – for unforeseen difficulties;
  • 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;
  • Some fourth year funding for Ph.D. Scholars may be provided.


All the details regarding the application process could be found HERE.

More information HERE.

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