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The 2024 Gates Cambridge Scholarship in the United Kingdom is now open for applications. This scholarship, funded by The Gates Foundation and hosted by the University of Cambridge, is available for international students pursuing master’s and PhD programs. It offers a fully funded opportunity for all foreign students except UK nationals. The Bill and Melinda Gates Scholarship has a separate application process and deadline for US citizens and non-US citizens.

The Gates Foundation established the Gates Cambridge Trust by donating US$210 million to the University of Cambridge in October 2000, marking the largest donation ever made to a UK university. Each year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awards over 80 scholarships through the Gates Cambridge Scholarship program, with 55 of these available to students globally and 25 specifically designated for students from the USA.

Applications for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship for both international and US students opened on September 4, 2023, with the deadline for international applications set for December 5, 2023.

Program Details:

  • Host Institution: University of Cambridge
  • Program Duration: 1, 2, and 3 years
  • Program Type: Fully Funded


Program Benefits:

Recipients of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship 2022 can avail of several benefits, including the University Composition Fee, a maintenance allowance for a single student, economy travel for one person, reimbursement for inbound visa fees, funding for academic development, a family allowance, fieldwork funding, and maternity and paternity leave. These benefits cover up to £17,500 for a 12-month educational period, up to £4,320 for a second child, and up to 4 years of study. However, no financial support is provided for partners.


Eligibility Criteria:

The Gates Scholarship is open to citizens of any country outside the UK applying for a PhD, MSc/MLitt, or a one-year postgraduate course at the University of Cambridge. Applicants must demonstrate academic excellence and a strong case for their chosen course.


Application Procedure:

Applicants must submit their admission and financing applications through the University’s Graduate Application Portal. This involves completing the entrance and college application sections as well as the Gates Cambridge funding component for the scholarship’s consideration.


Application Deadline:

December 5, 2023


Official Link:

Visit Gates Cambridge Scholarship – How to Apply for further information and the application process.