Gates Cambridge (UK) Scholarship for International Students

Deadline: 4 December 2012

Gates Cambridge Scholarship are highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They 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.

Gates Cambridge Scholarship offered 90 scholarship for any field of study offered at the University. The scholarship targeted to citizens outside United Kingdom.


Scholarship Value:

A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge, namely:

– the University Composition Fee and College fees at the appropriate rate
– a maintenance allowance for a single student (£13,000 for 12 months at the current 2012-2013 rate; pro rata for courses shorter then 12 months)
– the cost of the most economical airfare from the scholar’s normal country of residence to the UK at the beginning of their course and the cost of the most economical airfare from the UK to the scholar’s normal country of residence at the end of the course

The Trust also considers applications for several types of additional funding on a discretionary basis such as family allowance, conference attendance, fieldwork allowance, some fourth year funding for PhD scholars and hardship funding.



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: PhD (three year research-only degree); MSc or MLitt (two year research-only degree); or a one year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)

• already a student at Cambridge and want to apply for a new postgraduate course. For example, if you are studying for an MPhil you can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to do a PhD. However, if you have already started a course, you cannot apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to fund the rest of it.

• already a Gates Cambridge Scholar and want to apply for a second Scholarship. You must apply by the second, international deadline and go through the same process of departmental ranking, shortlisting and interviewing as all other candidates.

Application Instruction:

The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive scholarships and awarded on the basis of the candidate’s academic excellence, a good fit between the Scholar and the University of Cambridge, evidence of leadership potential, and a commitment to improving the lives of others.

Applications open early September annually.   See the  How to Apply section for further details.   The deadline for applications is 4 December 2012 for citizens other than the US and 16 October 2012 for US citizens.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) or read the FAQs for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

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