Gates Cambridge

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

£30,000 ~ £60,000 (annual)
Fees (International) , Maintenance , Student visa cost , Student immigration health surcharge , Other (see below)
Course length
Prospective applicant
Masters, PhD
Full Time, Part Time
253 nationalities, See full list


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 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.

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.

Award details

£30,000 ~ £60,000 (annual)
Course length
Fees (International) Maintenance Student visa cost Student immigration health surcharge Other (see below)

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship provides funds to fully cover a scholars' non-controllable study costs. This would typically be between £30,000 - £45,000 per year. The exact amount will depend on the specific course fee and course length and whether the student is in receipt of any other funding awards.

In addition, the Gates Cambridge Scholarship provides a wide range of funding beyond fees and maintenance which could add up to a total funding package of around £60,000 per year.

This includes: a return flight and/or train ticket to Cambridge, visa costs and the NHS health surcharge; scholars are also eligible to apply for a range of discretionary funding during the tenure of their award such as Academic Development Funding for conferences and Child Allowance if bringing their child (children) with them to Cambridge. Full details can be found at

Research costs (such as consumables) are not included as these should be covered by the University fee paid by the Trust.

80 (approximately)

Gates Cambridge Scholarships provide a maintenance allowance of up to 4 years for PhD Scholars at the outset. Extensions are considered on a case by case basis in the event of intermission or illness if the scholar cannot complete their studies within the original tenure of their award.

Academic merit Other (see below)

Candidates are assessed based on four criteria:

  1. Outstanding intellectual ability
  2. Reasons for choice of course
  3. Commitment to improving the lives of others
  4. Leadership potential

More information can be found at

During the tenure of their award, students will be required to sign in with the Trust each quarter to receive their maintenance payment and they will be asked to provide an annual Gates Cambridge progress report.



Prospective applicant
Masters PhD
Full Time Part Time
253 nationalities, See full list
239 courses, See full list

Application Process


Key dates

US Round - US nationals living in the USA should apply by Wednesday 12 October 2022.

International Round - all other nationalities should apply by the funding deadline for their course (either 1 December 2022 or 5 January 2023).

US Round - successful candidates will be informed by 01 February 2023.

International Round - successful candidates will be informed by 01 April 2023.