SCHOLARSHIP: Fully funded Gates Cambridge Scholarship Program for 2023–2024 | APPLY NOW

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. In October 2001, the initial group of academics moved into residence.

Gates Cambridge awards around 80 full-fee scholarships year to deserving non-UK students who wish to pursue a postgraduate degree in any field offered by the University of Cambridge. There will be about 25 awards available in the US round and 55 awards available in the international round, with about two-thirds of these awards going to PhD candidates.

For the Gates Cambridge Scholarship Program,

Eligibility Requirements

If you are: You are eligible to apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

A national of any nation outside of the United Kingdom who wishes to enrol in one of the University of Cambridge’s programs in:

PhD, either full- or part-time

MLitt (full-time)

One year of full-time postgraduate study, with the following exceptions: Gates Cambridge is testing a program that enables candidates to seek for funding for a part-time PhD degree for enrollment in October 2023.


The complete cost of attending Cambridge University is covered by a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Additionally, it offers discretionary money that is additional.

Essential Elements

The required amount of the university composition fee

A maintenance allowance for a single student ($18,744 for 12 months at the rate of 2022–23; prorated for courses lasting less than 12 months) * for PhD scholars, the award is for up to 4 years, one economy single airfare at the start and end of the course inbound visa costs, as well as the cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge For complete information regarding exact amounts, applicants should consult the Graduate Studies prospectus.

The University Composition Fee varies for different types of students. The Trust will not cover these costs if a student has been successful in receiving a fee award from public agencies (such the UKRI).

Distinctive elements

The Trust also makes discretionary decisions on requests for a range of extra funding, including:

Depending on the length of your programme, you may be eligible for academic development grants ranging from £500 to £2,000 to help you attend conferences and courses.

Family allowance: £10,944 for one child; £15,612 for two or more children (2022-23 rate). A partner is not given any funding.

Fieldwork – As part of your PhD, you can apply to keep up to your regular maintenance allowance while on the field (the Trust does not fund other fieldwork costs as these should be funded by the University Composition Fee).

If you need financing for maternity or paternity leave, you can seek to put your studies on hold for up to six months while still receiving your maintenance allowance.

Hardship money is available to help students who face unforeseen challenges.
Selection Standards

The criteria for selection are:

Outstanding intellectual capacity justifications for course selection a dedication to bettering others’ lives leadership potential
financing generally at Cambridge

You might be qualified for additional support provided by the University of Cambridge regardless of whether you qualify for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. For more information, visit

Courses that Gates Cambridge DOES NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT

Any undergraduate qualification, such as BA (undergraduate) or BA affiliated (a second BA)

Doctor of Business (BusD)

MBA, MFin, and MASt courses are master’s degrees in business.

PGCE MD Clinical Studies MBBChir degree of doctor of medicine (6 years, part-time, Home students only)

Graduate Medical Program (A101)

Degrees offered part-time besides the PhD Non-degree programs


Applications open*  Thursday 15 September 2022
Application deadline* Dependent on your course – either 1 December 2022 or 5 January 2023 (see Course Directory)
Departmental ranking December – February
All applicants notified of application outcome by Friday 3 March 2022
Review and selection by panels March 2023
Scholarships offered Late March
Scholarships accepted 72 hours after offer

Application Deadline: 5 January 2023

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