Gates Cambridge Scholarship (2020) – 80 Full Cost Scholarships

Last updated on October 26th, 2019 at 06:38 pm

Gates Cambridge Scholarship – 2020

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.


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For 2020 entry, Gates Cambridge will offer 80 full-cost scholarships 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, with approximately 25 awards available in the US round and 55 available in the International round.

Eligibility

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 full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge:
    • PhD
    • MSc/MLitt
    • One year postgraduate course (with some exception)
      • Courses which are NOT eligible for Gates Cambridge Scholarships:
        • Master of Business (MBA)
        • Master of Finance (MFin)
        • BA (undergraduate)
        • BA affiliated (a second BA)
        • MBBChir Clinical Studies
        • MD Doctor of Medicine degree (6 years, part-time)
        • Part-time degrees
        • Non-degree courses

Deadline

Gates Cambridge considers candidates in two selection rounds each year:

Round 1: US citizens living in the USA only

Applicants in this round must apply by 9 October 2019 for entry in October 2020.

Round 2: All other eligible applicants (part of the Graduate Funding Competition)

The application deadline in this round is determined by the course you are applying for and is set by the central Graduate Admissions Office. You can find which of the two deadlines below applies to you by checking the Graduate Funding Competition deadline in the course directoryPlease also note that if a course deadline is earlier than the relevant funding deadline above (e.g. the LLM in Law), you must apply by the earlier course deadline.

Gates Cambridge follow the University of Cambridge application deadline time rule of midday (UK time) on the relevant application deadline day.

Fellowship Amount

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship is one of the most generous international scholarships available. It covers the following costs:

Core components

  • the University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate*
  • 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
  • one economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course
  • 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:

  • Academic development funding – from up to £500 to up to £2,000, dependent on the length of your course, to attend conferences and courses.
  • 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.
  • 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

*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 from the European Union has been successful in gaining a fees award from public authorities they must accept this and the Trust will not pay these fees.

How to Apply

For the majority of courses you can apply for admission and mutiple funding opportunities (including Gates Cambridge) at www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk.

​There is a seperate application route if you  wish to apply for the MBA or MFIN at the Judge Business School

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