Award Worth: Full cost of studying at Cambridge + Additional, discretionary funding

Next Deadline: For US candidates in USA the application deadline was 14th October 2020. For other candidates Next deadline is Either 3 December 2020 or 7 January 2021 (depending on course)


  • PhD
  • MSc/MLitt
  • One year postgraduate course (with some exceptions)


The Gates Cambridge Scholarship program was established by a donation of US$210m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge.

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.


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
    • MSc/MLitt
  • One year postgraduate course

How to apply

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Gates Cambridge Engineering Scholarships

So far 130+ Engineering students have been awarded the Scholarship.

Engineering students can also apply for Gates Cambridge Engineering Scholarships.