Gates Cambridge Scholarship News UK 2024-2025 (Fully Funded Scholarships)

  • Fully Funded
  • University of Cambridge
  • Masters, PhD, Diploma
  • All Subjects
  • International Students, Domestic Students
  • UK
  • 01/05/2024
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Gates Cambridge Scholarship News UK 2024-2025 (Fully Funded Scholarships)Gates Cambridge Scholarship News UK 2024-2025 (Fully Funded Scholarships)

Scholarship Description:

Gates Cambridge Scholarship News UK 2024-2025 (Fully Funded Scholarships) is open for International Students, Domestic Students . The scholarship allows Masters, PhD, Diploma level programm(s) in the field of All Subjects taught at University of Cambridge . The deadline of the scholarship is expired at 05 Jan 2024.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship program was established in October 2000 through a generous donation of $210 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge, marking the largest-ever single contribution to a UK university. The first cohort of scholars began their studies in October 2001, and since then, the Trust has granted over 2,000 scholarships to individuals from more than 100 countries.

Annually, Gates Cambridge offers approximately 80 fully-funded scholarships to exceptional candidates from countries outside the United Kingdom, enabling them to pursue postgraduate degrees in any field available at the University of Cambridge. The majority of these scholarships, roughly two-thirds, are awarded to Ph.D. students, with around 25 scholarships allocated in the U.S. application round and 55 in the International round.

Selection for these scholarships is based on several criteria, including exceptional intellectual capabilities, a clear rationale for the chosen course of study, a strong commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of others, and demonstrated leadership potential.

At any given time, Cambridge hosts approximately 250 Scholars representing about 50 different countries. These scholars span a wide array of academic disciplines offered by the University and are integrated into its various departments and Colleges, while also forming a unique and cohesive community of their own.

Furthermore, a global community of over 1,700 Gates Cambridge Alumni is spread across the world, all united by the mission of the Gates Cambridge program, which is to establish a worldwide network of future leaders dedicated to enhancing the well-being of others. This mission is pursued by selecting outstanding scholars, providing them with both financial and non-financial support at one of the world's foremost educational institutions, and fostering community connections within and beyond the University of Cambridge.

Degree Level:

Gates Cambridge Scholarship News UK 2024-2025 (Fully Funded Scholarships) is available to undertake Masters, PhD, Diploma level programs at University of Cambridge.

Available Subjects:

Following subject are available to study under this scholarship program.

  • All Subjects

Courses which Gates Cambridge does NOT consider:

  • Any Undergraduate degree, such as BA (undergraduate) or BA affiliated (a second BA)
  • Business Doctorate (BusD)
  • Master of Business (MBA)
  • Master of Finance (MFin)
  • MASt courses
  • PGCE
  • MBBChir Clinical Studies
  • MD Doctor of Medicine degree (6 years, part-time, Home students only)
  • Graduate Course in Medicine (A101)
  • Part-time degrees other than the PhD
  • Non-degree courses

Scholarship Benefits:


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

Core components

  • the University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate*

  • a maintenance allowance for a single student (£20,000 for 12 months at the 2023-24 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 has been successful in gaining a fee award from public authorities (such as the UKRI) they should accept this award and the Trust will not pay their fee or may share their fee and maintenance costs.

Discretionary components

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.

  • Dependent Children Allowance – up to £11,604 for one child and up to £16,548 for two or more children (2023-24 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 facing the scholar

Receiving a salary or substantial other scholarship?

If you are receiving a salary from an employer or have another substantial scholarship, the Trust reserves the right to reduce or not pay the standard maintenance allowance. You should let the Trust know ASAP if you are awarded any funding towards your degree at Cambridge.

What is not covered?

Most costs are covered by the Scholarship but Gates Cambridge does not cover bench fees or the costs of scientific equipment or similar academic resources. The Trust expects such core course costs to be covered by the academic department at Cambridge.

Eligible Nationalities:

This scholarship is open to domestic and international students of all nationalities.

Eligibility Criteria:

Who can apply?

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 courses at the University of Cambridge:
    • PhD (full-time or part-time*)
    • MLitt (full-time)
    • One year postgraduate course (full-time), with some exceptions – see below

* For October 2024 entry, Gates Cambridge is continuing to pilot a scheme which allows applicants to apply for funding for a part-time doctoral degree.

Current student at Cambridge?​

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 PhD. 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 the second, international round. However, if you have already started a course (e.g. you are currently part way through a PhD) you cannot apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to fund the remainder of it.

General funding at Cambridge

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

Application Procedure:

Application Deadlines:

For US citizens: 11th October, 2023.

For other eligible Applicants: 5 December 2023 or 4 January 2024.

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