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Bill Gates Scholarship for International Students at University of Cambridge in UK, 2020

The Gates Cambridge scholarships are one of the most prestigious international awards in the world provided by  Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for international students who wish to pursue a full-time program in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

These are prestigious and highly competitive awarded to citizens of any country outside the UK. Bill gates scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge. The programme was established in 2000 by a donation of $210m USD from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge; this is the largest ever single donation to a UK university.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom.
  2. 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); or a one-year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)
  3. OR already a student at Cambridge and want to apply for a new postgraduate course. For example, if you are studying for an MPhil you can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to do a PhD. However, if you have already started a course, you cannot apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to fund the rest of it.
  4. OR already a Gates Cambridge Scholar and want to apply for a second Scholarship. You must apply by the second, international deadline and go through the same process of departmental ranking, shortlisting and interviewing as all other candidates.
  5. Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: Citizens of any country outside the United Kingdom can apply for these bill gates scholarships.




A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge.

  1. the University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate*
  2. 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
  3. one economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course
  4. inbound visa costs & the cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge


The Trust also considers applications for several types of additional funding on a discretionary basis:

  1. Academic development funding – from up to £500 to up to £2,000, dependent on the length of your course, to attend conferences and courses.
  2. Family allowance – up to £10,120 for a first child and up to £4,320 for a second child (2020-21 rate). No funding is provided for a partner.
  3. 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).
  4. Maternity/Paternity funding – should you require it, you may apply to intermittent your studies for up to 6 months and continue to receive your maintenance allowance during this time
  5. Hardship funding – for unforeseen difficulties

Scholarship Abstract:

Sponsored by: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Host Country: UK

Institution(s): University of Cambridge

Eligible Nationality: ALL

NOTE: USA citizens are also eligible to apply


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