Gates Cambridge Scholarship 2025/26 at University of Cambridge

Scholarship in Different Fields
  • United Kingdom, United Kingdom
  • Apply Before : December 5, 2024

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 4424
  • Degree MasterPH.D
  • Language Requirement TOEFLIELTS
  • No. of Opportunity 80
  • Fields of study All Majors offered by University
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 1 year to 4 years
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

Applications for Gates Cambridge Scholarships at the University of Cambridge will open on September 4th, 2024, for the academic year 2025/2026.

About the scholarship

In October 2000, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated 210 million USD to establish the Gates Cambridge Scholarship program. Each year,  the Gates Foundation offers 80 full scholarships to support students from all over the world to study their master or Ph.D. degrees at the University of Cambridge. 25 scholarships will be awarded to US students and 55 to students from other countries and two-third of scholarships will be allocated to PhD applicants.

At least 250 scholars and students from different countries are studying at Cambridge University. 1700 students have already graduated and joined the alumni network of the Gates scholarship.

Key Details

Number of Scholarships: 80

Type of Scholarship: Full Scholarship

Award Period: Annual

Level of study: Postgraduate

Duration of the Scholarships:

  • Ph.D.: for up to 4 years
  • MSc or MLitt (two-year research-only degree)
  • One-year postgraduate course (MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA, etc. )

Important Timeline 

For NON-US Applicants:

  • Application Open: 4 September 2024
  • Application Deadline: Depends on the course: 5 December 2024 –or 4 January 2025
  • Notification of Result: 4 March 2025
  • Scholarship Offer Notification: 29 March 2025
  • Acceptance of Scholarship: 72 hours after receiving the offer notification

For US Citizens:

  • Application Open: 4 September 2024
  • Application Deadline: 11 October 2024 (Time 12:00, noon in local US time zone)
  • Notification of Result: 11 December 2024
  • Scholarship Offer Notification: 2 February 2025
  • Acceptance of Scholarship: 72 hours after receiving the offer notification

Benefits of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Applicants will benefit from the full cost of studying at Cambridge. It also provides additional and discretionary funding.

  • Maintenance allowance of £20,000 for 12 months at the 2023-24 rate – PhD Scholars are funded for up to 4 years.
  • The Host University fees
  • One round-trip airfare (economy class)
  • Inbound visa costs and immigrant health surcharge

Additional funding:

  • Academic development funding £500-2000 to attend conferences and course
  • Family Allowance of £11,604 for the first child and £16,548 for two or more child as per the 2023/24 rate
  • Fieldwork
  • Maternity or Paternity funding
  • Hardship funding

Field of Study

Applicants can apply for any field offered by the University of Cambridge

Fields not eligible to apply for:

  • Any Undergraduate degree, like 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

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Eligiblity Criteria for Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Applicants who fulfill the following requirements can apply:

  • Have citizenship of any country other than the UK
  • Apply to one of the following postgraduate courses at the University of Cambridge:
  1. PhD (full-time or part-time*)
  2. MLitt (full-time)
  3. One-year postgraduate course (full-time), with some exceptions

What are the Selection Criteria?

  • Academic excellence
  • Reason for choice of course
  • Have leadership potential
  • Make a commitment to improving others’ lives
  • Capacity for leadership

Required Documents

Applicants of the Gates Cambridge scholarship should prepare the following documents:

  • CV/Resume
  • Research proposal for Ph.D. applicants only
  • Two academic reference
  • Gate Cambridge References in addition to the two academic references
  • Gate Cambridge Statement
  • Personal Statement (Max 3000 Characters- around 500 words): Write your reason for applying to the Gates Cambridge Scholarship and how you meet the minimum criteria of this scholarship.

Application Process

Applicants need to apply for admission and scholarship via the Graduate application portal of the University of Cambridge and fill out the admission and funding section.

Note: Please stay updated for the Application Opening on 4 September 2024.

Please visit the Gates Cambridge Scholarship website for detailed information about the 2025/26 Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

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