Scholarships 2021-2022

U.K. Fully Funded International Gates Scholarship 2021 – University of Cambridge

United Kingdom 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 Ph.D. 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 the 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.

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.

Financial Coverage and Benefits of Gates Scholarships Programme 2021

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

  1. the University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate*
  2. a maintenance allowance for a single student (£17,500 for 12 months at the 2020-21 rate; pro rata for courses shorter than 12 months) – for Ph.D. scholars, the award is for up to 4 years
  3. one economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course
  4. 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.

Discretionary components of Gates Scholarships Programme

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

  1. Academic development funding – from up to £500 to up to £2,000, dependent on the length of your course, to attend conferences and courses.
  2. Family allowance – up to £10,120 for a first child and up to £4,320 for a second child (2020-21 rate). No funding is provided for a partner.
  3. Fieldwork – you may apply to keep up to your normal maintenance allowance while on fieldwork as part of your Ph.D. (the Trust does not fund other fieldwork costs as these should be funded by the University Composition Fee).
  4. 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
  5. Hardship funding – for unforeseen difficulties

Eligibility / Who can apply for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship?

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

  1. a citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom
  2. 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 (with some exceptions – see below)

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 Ph.D. 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.

Gates Cambridge 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 [email protected] with details.

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

All other eligible applicants for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship

The large majority of applicants will apply in this round, which is also 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.

What stage? Date
Applications open  1 September 2020
Application deadline Dependent on your course – either 3 December 2020 or 7 January 2021
Departmental ranking December – February
Trust shortlisting Mid-February
Shortlisted candidates invited to interview Early March
All applicants notified of application outcome 12 March 2021
Interviews 23 & 24 March 2021 (TBC)
Scholarships offered Late March
Scholarships accepted 48 hours after the offer

US citizens resident in the USA

This is the earlier round for applicants who are both US citizens and normally resident in the United States; it is specific to Gates Cambridge.

What stage? Date
Applications open 1 September 2020
Application deadline 14 October 2020
Departmental ranking October – November
Trust shortlisting Early December
Shortlisted candidates invited to interview Mid-December
All applicants notified of application outcome 21 December 2020
Interviews 22 & 23 January 2021 (TBC)
Scholarships offered Early February
Scholarships accepted 48 hours after the offer

Application Process and Deadline for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship 2021

Apply online through the link given below.


  1. Application deadline for the US citizens resident in the USA: 14 October 2020
  2. And for All other eligible applicants for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship:

(Dependent on your course – either 3 December 2020 or 7 January 2021)

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