Bill Gates Scholarships at University of Cambridge 2020

This is a fully funded postgraduate scholarship program for international students. Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme has been on since October 2000 after Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation made a single donation of US$210m to the University of Cambridge; the largest ever single donation to a UK university.


The scholarships will be offered 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.



To be eligible for these scholarships, you must:

  • be 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 (with some exceptions – see below)

Eligible postgraduate courses and exemptions including applying round suitable for any candidate can be found at






  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 PhD 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


Discretionary components

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 PhD (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

Application Deadline: 7 January, 2020.

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