Gates Cambridge Scholarship Programme (Fully Funded) for International Students in UK 2023-2024

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Gates Cambridge Scholarship program Application form portal is now open for the academic year 2023-2024. Each year there are a Numbers of Scholarships awarded to International Students as the 2022-2023 Gates Cambridge Scholarship will Commence in Next Month. See full details below

Gates Cambridge offers c.80 full-cost scholarships to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK every year to pursue a 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 and 55 available in the International round.

The Gates Cambridge scholarship 2022 in UK is fully funded for Masters and PhD Degree Programs Only

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Applicants are hereby invited to apply for Admission at the University and Submit an Online Application Separately for Scholarship all on the University Graduate Application Portal.

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.

Eligibility Requirements:

You can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship if you are:

  • a citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom
  • applying to pursue one of the following courses at the University of Cambridge:
    • PhD (full-time or part-time*)
    • MLitt (full-time)
    • One year postgraduate course (full-time), with some exceptions – see below

* For October 2023 entry, Gates Cambridge is piloting a scheme which allows applicants to apply for funding for a part-time doctoral degree.


A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge. It also provides additional, discretionary funding.

Core components

  • the University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate*
  • a maintenance allowance for a single student (£18,744 for 12 months at the 2022-23 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 & the cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge

* The University Composition Fee varies for different types of students; applicants should see the Graduate Studies prospectus for full details about precise amounts. Where a student has been successful in gaining a fees award from public authorities (such as the UKRI) they must accept this and the Trust will not pay these fees.

Discretionary components

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

  • Academic development funding – from up to £500 to up to £2,000, dependent on the length of your course, to attend conferences and courses.
  • Family allowance – up to £10,944 for one child and up to £15,612 for two or more children (2022-23 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).
  • 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
  • Hardship funding – for unforeseen difficulties facing the scholar

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Selection Criteria

The selection criteria are:

  • outstanding intellectual ability
  • reasons for choice of course
  • a commitment to improving the lives of others
  • leadership potential

General funding at Cambridge

Whether or not you are eligible for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you may be eligible for other funding offered by the University of Cambridge. See for more details.

Courses which Gates Cambridge does NOT consider:

  • Any Undergraduate degree, such as BA (undergraduate) or BA affiliated (a second BA)
  • Business Doctorate (BusD)
  • Master of Business (MBA)
  • Master of Finance (MFin)
  • MASt courses
  • PGCE
  • MBBChir Clinical Studies
  • MD Doctor of Medicine degree (6 years, part-time, Home students only)
  • Graduate Course in Medicine (A101)
  • Part-time degrees other than the PhD
  • Non-degree courses

Deadlines for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship

All applicants except US citizens and residents:

  • Applications open: 15 September 2022.
  • Application deadline: Dependent on your course, either 01 December 2022 or 05 January 2023.
  • Application outcome: by Friday 3 March 2023.
  • Scholarships offered: Late March.
  • Scholarships acceptance: 72 hours after offer.

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US citizens and resident in the USA :

  • Applications open: 15 September 2022.
  • Application deadline:  12 October 2022.
  • Application outcome: by Friday 9 December 2022.
  • Scholarships offered: Late January 2023.
  • Scholarships acceptance: 72 hours after offer.

How to apply for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship Programme 2023/2024

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