Fully Funded Gates Cambridge Scholarships for International Students Opening 15 September

Gates Cambridge Scholarships ( Fully funded) for International Students Opening 15 September

Deadline: 12 October 2022

Fully Funded Gates Cambridge Scholarships for International Students Opening 15 September 5


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. The first class of scholars came into residence in October 2001.

Each year Gates Cambridge Scholarship 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.

The selection criteria are:

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

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, as well as forming their own distinctive community.

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

Receiving a salary or substantial other scholarship?

If you are receiving a salary from an employer or have another substantial scholarship, the Trust reserves the right to reduce or not pay the standard maintenance allowance. You should let the Trust know ASAP if you are awarded any funding towards your degree at Cambridge.

Who can apply?

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 full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge:
    • PhD
    • MPhil/MLitt
    • One year postgraduate course (with some exceptions – see below)

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.

Applications for the academic year 2023-24 entry will open in September.

Gates Cambridge Scholarship manages two selection rounds each year; full details are below.

If after reading the details below you are not sure in which round you should apply please email with details.

Application Procedure

US citizens resident in the USA

This is the earlier round for applicants who are both US citizens and currently resident in the United States; it is specific to Gates Cambridge.  Students meeting these criteria must apply by 12 October and submit all their documents by this date (including references), they are not eligible for the later round.  US citizens who are studying/working overseas at the time of application should apply in the later round (see below).

Fully Funded Gates Cambridge Scholarships for International Students Opening 15 September 6
What stage?Date
Applications open*Thursday 15 September 2022
Application deadlineWednesday 12 October 2022
Departmental rankingMonday 17 October 2022 to Thursday 17 November 2022
All applicants notified of application outcomeby Friday 9 December 2022
Review and selection by panelsJanuary 2023
Scholarships offeredLate January 2023
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 you are applying.  Please apply by the Graduate Funding Competition deadline referenced in the University Course Directory.

What stage?Date
Applications open* Thursday 15 September 2022
Application deadline*Dependent on your course – either 1 December 2022 or 5 January 2023 (see Course Directory)
Departmental rankingDecember – February
All applicants notified of application outcomeby Friday 3 March 2022
Review and selection by panelsMarch 2023
Scholarships offeredLate March
Scholarships accepted72 hours after offer

*These dates are set by the University of Cambridge admissions office and may be subject to change.  Please refer to the postgraduate admissions web pages for up-to-date details.

Fully Funded Gates Cambridge Scholarships for International Students Opening 15 September 7


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