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Study-In-Uk: 2022 Gates Cambridge Scholarships For International Students

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.

Each year Gates Cambridge offers c.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 and 55 available in the International round.

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The selection criteria are:

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

Scholarship Summary

  • Host Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Study Abroad: Study in Europe 
  • Category: Postgraduate Scholarships | Masters Scholarships | PhD Scholarships |
  • Eligible Countries: All Countries
  • Reward: Full Scholarship | £17,848 Yearly
  • Deadline: January 6, 2022January 6, 2022

Scholarship Details

There are at least 225 Scholars from c. 50 countries studying in Cambridge at any one time who pursue the full range of subjects available at the University and are spread across its departments and Colleges.

The Gates Cambridge mission is to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. It aims to achieve this mission by selecting outstanding scholars, providing them with financial and non-financial support at one of the world’s leading universities and facilitating community building at and beyond Cambridge.

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Current student at Cambridge?

If you are currently studying at Cambridge and wish to apply for a new postgraduate course you can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. For example, if you are currently studying for an MPhil you 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. All current Cambridge students will be considered in round two. However, if you have already started a course you cannot apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to fund the remainder of it.

General funding at Cambridge

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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 www.student-funding.cam.ac.uk for more details.

Courses which are NOT eligible for Gates Cambridge Scholarships:

  • Any Undergraduate degree such as BA (undergraduate) or BA affiliated (a second BA)
  • Business Doctorate (BusD)
  • 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
  • Non-degree courses​
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Scholarship Duration and Reward

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

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Core components

  • the University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate*
  • a maintenance allowance for a single student (£17,848 for 12 months at the 2021-22 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 from the European Union has been successful in gaining a fees award from public authorities, they must accept this and the Trust will not pay these fees.

Timeline

US citizens resident in the USA

This is the earlier round for applicants who are both US citizens and resident in the United States; it is specific to Gates Cambridge.  Students meeting these criteria must apply by 13 October and submit all their documents by this date (including references), they are not eligible for the later round.

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What stage?Date
Applications openThursday 02 September 2021
Application deadlineWednesday 13 October 2021
Departmental rankingMonday 18 October 2021 to Thursday 18 November 2021
All applicants notified of application outcomeWednesday 01 December 2021
On-line review and selection by panelsTBC
Scholarships offeredLate January 2022
Scholarships accepted72 hours after offer

All other eligible applicants

The large majority of applicants will apply in this round, which is aligned with the University’s postgraduate funding competition. There are two possible application deadlines and these are based on the course to which your are applying.

What stage?Date
Applications open Thursday 02 September 2021
Application deadlineDependent on your course – either 02 December 2021 or 06 January 2022 (see Course Directory)
Departmental rankingDecember – February
All applicants notified of application outcomeFebruary 2022
On-line review and selection by panelsFebruary and March 2022
Scholarships offeredLate March
Scholarships accepted72 hours after offer

Method of Application

Applicants submit their application for admission and funding (Gates Cambridge and other funding) via the University’s Graduate Application Portal.

To be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you must complete the section to apply for admission to a course and a College place and the Gates Cambridge part of the funding section. Gates Cambridge has access to the full application for admission and funding when reviewing applications.

Deadline: January 6, 2022

APPLY NOW: https://www.gatescambridge.org/programme/the-scholarship/

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