Gates Cambridge Scholarships 932 views

Type of Funding

Fully funded




The University of Cambridge invites outstanding students from countries outside the UK who wish to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree commencing AY 2020/2021, to apply for the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarships. Citizens of any country outside the UK are eligible if they are applying to pursue 1 of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge:

  1. PhD (3-year research-only degree);
  2. MSc or MLitt (2-year research-only degree); or
  3. One-year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.).

Courses which are not Courses which are not eligible for Gates Cambridge Scholarships are:

  • Undergraduate degrees such as BA (undergraduate) or BA affiliated (a second BA)
  • Master of Business (MBA)
  • Master of Finance (MFin)
  • PGCE
  • MBBChir Clinical Studies)
  • MD Doctor of Medicine degree (6 years, part-time)
  • Graduate Course in Medicine (A101)
  • Part-time degrees and
  • Non-degree courses

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 (Round 1) and 55 available in the International round (Round 2).


The full scholarship covers:

  • 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 and the cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge
  • Discretionary components, namely: 1) Academic development funding of £500 to £2,000, depending on the length of course, to attend conferences and courses; 2) Family allowance of up to £10,120 for a first child and up to £4,320 for a second child (2020-21 rate); 3) Fieldwork – scholars may apply to keep up to their normal maintenance allowance while on fieldwork as part of their PhD; 4) Hardship funding, for unforeseen difficulties; and 5) Maternity/Paternity funding (should scholars should you need to intermit their studies for up to 6 months, they can apply to continue to receive their maintenance allowance during this time).


Applicants should possess academic excellence, a strong case for choice of course, commitment to improving the lives of others and capacity for leadership.

Applicants must be citizens of countries outside the United Kingdom, who are applying to pursue 1 of the abovementioned eligible full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge. Those who are currently studying at Cambridge and wish to apply for a new postgraduate course, may also apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. For example, those who are currently studying for an MPhil can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue a PhD.

Current Gates Cambridge Scholars may also apply for a second scholarship if they are applying for a new degree. Those who have already started a course cannot apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to fund the remainder of it.


Applications are to be done online by 9 October 2019 for Round 1, which is for US citizens normally resident in the US, and by either 3 December 2019 or 7 January 2020 (course-dependent) for Round 2 applicants, which refers to applicants from countries other than the US and the UK.

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