Fully Funded Scholarship: The application is open for the 2023 Gates Cambridge Scholarships for International Students to Study in the UK. This is a UK Scholarship, it doesn’t require IELTS.
The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are one of the world’s most prestigious international scholarships, providing full funding for postgraduate studies.
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About The Gates Cambridge Scholarships
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship program was established in October 2000 by a US$210 million donation to the University of Cambridge from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; this is the largest single donation to a UK university. The first class of scholars arrived in October 2001.
Each year, Gates Cambridge awards approximately 80 full-fee scholarships to outstanding applicants from countries other than the United Kingdom to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject offered by the University of Cambridge. Approximately two-thirds of these awards will be available to Ph.D. students, with 25 awards available in the US round and 55 available in the International round.
Brief Scholarship Details
Host Country: UK
Sponsor(s): Gates Cambridge Scholarships
Academic Program: Postgraduate Scholarships | Masters Scholarships | Ph.D. Scholarships
Award Value: Fully Funded
Eligible Country: All countries except the UK
Application Begins: 15 September 2022
Application Deadline: 3 January 2023
Full Benefits of Gates Cambridge Scholarship
A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge including
- Tuition fees,
- maintenance allowance (£18,384 for 12 months at the 2022-23 rate),
- travel costs,
- visa, etc.
It also provides additional, discretionary funding such as academic development funding, family allowance, fieldwork, etc.
Eligibility Requirements for Gates Cambridge Scholarship
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 2023 entry, Gates Cambridge is piloting a scheme that allows applicants to apply for funding for a part-time doctoral degree.
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
- 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
Selection Criteria for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship Award
Candidates are assessed based on four criteria below:
- Outstanding intellectual ability
- Reasons for choice of course
- Commitment to improving the lives of others
- Leadership potential
Applicants apply for admission and funding (Gates Cambridge and other sources) through the University’s Graduate Application Portal.
To be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, you must first complete the application for admission to a course and a College place, as well as the Gates Cambridge section of the funding section.
There are two Gates Cambridge application deadlines: 12 October 2022(for US citizens resident in the USA) and either 1 December 2022 or 5 January 2023 depending on the course (for all other eligible applicants).