2017/2018 Gates Cambridge Scholarships, UK for International Students

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The Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme was established in October 2000 by a donation of US$210m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge; this is the largest ever single donation to a UK university.

Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

The aim of the Gates Cambridge programme is to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

Sponsor: Gates Cambridge Trust

Scholarship Benefits

  • The University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate
  • A maintenance allowance for a single student (£14,600 for 12 months at the 2016-17 rate; pro rata for courses shorter than 12 months)
  • One economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course
  • Inbound visa costs and associated NHS surcharge costs


December 7, 2016


To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom
  • Be applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge: PhD (three year research-only degree, MSc or MLitt, two year research-only degree, One year postgraduate course)
  • Be academically outstanding
  • Possess leadership potentials
  • Be committed to improving the lives of others


To apply for the 2017/2018 Gates Cambridge Scholarships, you’re required to note the following:

  1. It is not possible to apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship without applying to the University of Cambridge. You must apply for admission as a postgraduate student to the University of Cambridge and a Gates Cambridge Scholarship at the same time, using the one application pack.
  2. If you are applying for admission to the MBA or Master of Finance programme, you apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship via the Judge Business School.
  3. To be considered for postgraduate admission and a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you must submit the following documents to the Graduate Admissions Office by the deadline:
  • Graduate Application Form
  • Academic transcripts
  • 2 academic references
  • 1 personal reference

Note that it’s important to read guidelines on application thoroughly before you apply.

For more information: Check Scholarship official page.


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