Gates Cambridge Scholarship
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation made the largest single grant to a UK university—$210 million—to the University of Cambridge in October 2000, establishing the Gates Cambridge Scholarship program.
The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are fully funded scholarships that are highly competitive. They are given to outstanding applicants from countries other than the United Kingdom to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject at the University of Cambridge.
The Gates Cambridge Scholarships program seeks to create a global network of future leaders dedicated to bettering the lives of others. Building a global network of future leaders devoted to enhancing the lives of others is the goal of the Gates Cambridge initiative.
By choosing exceptional scholars, offering them financial and non-financial assistance at one of the top universities in the world, and facilitating community building at Cambridge and beyond, it hopes to accomplish this purpose.
About University of Cambridge
The University of Cambridge has a long history, and people travel from all over the world to visit its renowned Colleges and university buildings.
However, the University’s museums and collections also house a variety of artifacts that offer fascinating insights into some of the intellectual pursuits of the University’s faculty and students, both in the past and the present.
The University is a self-governing community of academics and one of the oldest universities in the world.
Gates Cambridge Scholarship Criteria
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:
- One year postgraduate course
Courses which are NOT eligible for Gates Cambridge Scholarships:
- Any Undergraduate degree such as BA (undergraduate) or BA affiliated (a second BA)
- Master of Business (MBA)
- Master of Finance (MFin)
- MBBChir Clinical Studies
- MD Doctor of Medicine degree (6 years, part-time)
- Graduate Course in Medicine (A101)
- Part-time degrees
- Non-degree courses
What we are looking for:
- Academic Excellence
- Reasons for choice of course
- A commitment to improving the lives of others
- A capacity for leadership
Gates Cambridge Scholarship GPA
To be eligible you must be accepted by Cambridge for graduate study. Average GPA of Gates Scholars is > 3.90
A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge. It also provides additional, discretionary funding:
- The University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate
- 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 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.
Gates Cambridge Scholarship Requirements
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship not only covers the full cost of studying in UK but also provides the funds for various non-academic requirements.
- Applications are accepted in two rounds- 25 recipients are awarded in the US round and 55 students are awarded in the international round.
- Approximately 65% of the scholars honored with Gates Cambridge Scholarship are Ph.D. students.
- The courses for which the scholarship is applicable are, M.Sc, M.Litt, Ph.D. and most of the one-year PG courses.
- Students currently studying at University of Cambridge can apply for the scholarship if they have not started a PG course already.
- Application process begins in September of every year and the deadlines vary depending upon the course and type of the scholarship.
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers tuition fees, living expenses, travel expenses, grants for academic advancement, family allowances, maternity and paternity leave, and even emergency funds for unforeseen circumstances, ensuring that students maintain a positive outlook while they are in school.
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 £10,120 for a first child and up to £4,320 for a second child (2020-21 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
How to Apply
Number of Awards for Gates Scholarship
They award about 80 scholarships each year. Interested applicants should kindly visit Gates Cambridge Scholarship official website for more information.