Gates Global Scholarships (PhD, MSc, M.Phil) at Cambridge University – United Kingdom

Gates Cambridge Scholarship invites applications for 90 Fully Funded Scholarships from applicants  of countries outside the UK to complete a full-time Postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge having:

  • Outstanding intellectual ability
  • Academic excellence
  • Future Leadership potential
  • Commitment to improving the lives of others
  • A good match between the applicant’s qualifications and aspirations and the postgraduate program at Cambridge for which they are applying

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.

The purpose of the Gates Cambridge program is to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others and willing to make difference.


Successful applicants are required to:

  • 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 (03 years research-only degree)
    • MSc or MLitt (02 years research-only degree)
    • 01 year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)

Current students at Cambridge who wish to apply for a new postgraduate course, can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. For example, if you are currently studying an MPhil, you can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue PhD. Current Gates Cambridge Scholars can also apply for a second scholarship if applying for a new degree. All current Cambridge students will be considered in 2nd round. However, if you have already started a course you cannot apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to fund the remainder of it.

Applications Timeline:

What stage? Round 1 Round 2
Applications open 3 September 2018 3 September 2018
Application deadline 10 October 2018 Dependent on your course – either 5 December 2018 or 3 January 2019
Departmental ranking October – November December – February
Trust shortlisting Mid-December Early March
Shortlisted candidates invited to interview Late December Early March
Interviews 25 & 26 January 2019 (USA) 26 & 27 March 2019 (Cambridge, UK)
Scholarships offered Early February Late March
Scholarships accepted 48 hours after offer 48 hours after offer


  • All University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate*
  • A monthly maintenance allowance for student only (£17,500 for 12 months at the 2018-19 rate; pro rata for courses shorter than 12 months)
  • Economy single airfare, to and from, at both the beginning and end of the course
  • Inbound visa costs & the cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge
  • Academic Development Funding – £500 to £2,000, dependent on the length of your course, to attend Conferences and courses
  • Family allowance – up to £10,120 for a first child and up to £4,320 for a second child (2018-19 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 PhD (the Trust does not fund other fieldwork 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 PhD Scholars may be provided


Publish Date:
Institute Name: University of Cambridge
Degree/Course: PhD, Masters
Deadline: October 10, 2018
Country: United Kingdom
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