Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Conducted By : Gates Cambridge
October 1 2018   Scholarship   Undergraduate, Post Graduate   India, Global
 About Gates Cambridge Scholarship
  • The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are considered as one of the most high-status international scholarships in the world.  
  • In the year 2000 Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme was launched when Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated US$210M to the University of Cambridge. Till date, it 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.
  • 95 new Scholarships awarded each year in which 40 are offered to the US and 55 International candidates.
  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge. It also provides additional, discretionary funding.
  • While at Cambridge, Scholars pursue a full range of subjects available at the University.
  • The present Alumni are pursuing further study or employment across many sectors of society
  • Nationality: People of all Nationalities except the UK are eligible
  • Candidates applying to pursue any one of the three below mentioned residential courses at University of Cambridge
    • PhD (3-year research-only degree)
    • M.Sc or M.Litt (2-year research-only degree)
    • One year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)
  • Current students at Cambridge if applying for a new postgraduate course are also eligible to apply.

Courses which are NOT eligible for Gates Cambridge Scholarships:

  • BA (undergraduate)
  • BA affiliated (a second BA)
  • MBBChir Clinical Studies
  • MD Doctor of Medicine degree (6 years, part-time)
  • Part-time degrees
  • Non-degree courses
  • Courses at universities other than Cambridge 
 Reward Description

Gates Cambridge Scholarships Reward:

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

Core Components:

  • University Composition Fee: Candidates have to pay the University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate
  • Maintenance allowance: Maintenance allowance for a single student (£14,300 for 12 months at the 2015-16 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 & associated NHS surcharge costs

Discretionary Components

  • The Trust also considers applications for several types of additional funding on a discretionary basis:
    • Academic development funding - from £500 to £1,500, dependent on the length of your course, to attend conferences and courses.
    • Family allowance - up to £9,630 for a first child and up to £4,110 for a second child. 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.
    • 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.
 Application Process

Gates Cambridge Scholarship Application Form:

  • Gates Cambridge runs two application rounds each year, you should ensure you apply by the relevant deadline
  • For US Citizens the last date falls in  October 2018
  • For International Students the last date to apply falls in December 2018

Other details:

  • Candidates can apply on a single form for admission to a course and a College and for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship
  • It is not possible to apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship without applying to the University of Cambridge
  • Candidates can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship and admission to their chosen postgraduate course at the University of Cambridge and a Cambridge College via the Graduate Admissions Office, using the GRADSAF form and supporting documents

Enclosures to be sent:

  • Application Form
  • Academic transcripts
  • 2 academic references
  • 1 personal reference (for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship)
  • English language test scores
  • A research proposal

Steps involved in the application process:

  • Step 1: Registration
  • Step 2: Application Fee Payment of £50 which has to be done online

Important Points

  • The online form must be submitted by the relevant closing date. 
  • After you have submitted your online application you will be given access to the online self-service account, via which you can submit the required supporting documentation.
  • These must be provided within 14 days of submitting your application, or your application will not be considered.


  • The duly filled in Application form along with the above-mentioned enclosures have to be submitted at the Graduate Admissions Office by the relevant deadline.
 Selection Process

Gates Cambridge Scholarships Selection Process:

Gates Cambridge uses a three-stage selection process to ensure Scholars meet all of the mentioned criteria to the highest degree.

  • Stage 1: Departmental Thinking
  • Stage 2: Shortlisting
  • Stage 3: Interview

Once a candidate clears all these rounds, they will be contacted on mail

 Contact Details
  • Address: Gates Cambridge 
    Ground Floor, The Warehouse, 
    33 Bridge Street
    Cambridge, CB2 1UW
    United Kingdom
  • Tel: + 44 1223 338467 
  • Fax: + 44 1223 577004
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