Study in the UK for free: Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Scholarship Title

Gates Cambridge Scholarship




The Gates Cambridge Scholarship started with a massive donation of 210 millon US dollars from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge in October 2000. The first set of scholars came in October 2001. Annually the Gates Cambridge Scholarship offers full-cost scholarships to 80 outstanding applicants outside the UK, to pursue a full time postgraduate degree in any course available at the University of Cambridge. The mission of this organization is to build a global network of of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.



The Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers:

  • The University Composition fee (this varies for different types of students).
  • One economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course.
  • A maintenance allowance
  • Inbound cost of visa and the cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge



You can apply for this 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.
  1. PhD
  2. MPhil/MLitt
  3. One year postgraduate course



The only institution in partnership with this Scholarship is the University of Cambridge.



  1. A Statement in no more than 3000 characters approximately 500 words, explaining why you are applying and how you meet the four main criteria which are:
  • Academic Excellence
  • Reason for choice of course
  • A commitment to improving the lives of others
  • A capacity for leadership
  1. Research proposal (PhD applicants only).
  2. Two academic references (preferably someone who understands the criteria and the highly competitive nature of the Gates Cambridge program and one who is aware of your personal attributes).

Application Period


Application for the 2022/2023 Gates Cambridge Scholarship is currently closed. The application period for the 2023/2024 hasn’t started but would be updated on our blog when it begins.

NOTE: Deadline of application depends on courses and scholarships must be accepted 72hrs after the offer.


Application Process


To apply for the Grant Cambridge Scholarship click here.

  • Apply for admission to a course and a college place at the Gates Cambridge part of the funding section.
  • Build up an account on the website.
  • Fill in your personal information.
  • Submit the documents specified in requirements.
  • Answer the application questions.
  • Submit the application.




We would like to make clear the fact that this is not the official scholarship page or website, and we are not in any way partnering or affiliated to the scholarship body and their partner institutions. This is but a carefully constructed summary of the most essential information about the scholarship, together with necessary application links and contact. In as much as we can assure 90% accuracy of the details we provide concerning this scholarship, we still advise that you do your due diligence as an applicant.

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