Bill Gates Sponsored Scholarship Foundation for Full-Time Postgraduate Degree at University of Cambridge in UK 2020

Every year Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offers scholarships to nationals of countries outside the UK in pursuit of a full-time postgraduate degree coursework at the University of Cambridge. This annual scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge University.

Gates Cambridge scholarship is one of the highly esteemed International awards. Founded in October 2000, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation made a donation of US$210m to the University of Cambridge. Over 1,800 scholarships have been awarded to date to scholars from 111 countries. Each year, over 5,000 applications are received for this scholarship.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship Programme is aimed at building a global network of future leaders who are totally committed to improving the lives of others. These men and women go into the world and develop innovative solutions for the challenges of the world. By attracting students from all over the world with different backgrounds, the Gates Cambridge Scholarships is committed to enhance community diversity.

Value Description

80 total-cost scholarships is offered to excellent applicants from non UK countries by Gates Cambridge. Two-thirds of these awards is offered to PhD students.

This annual scholarship covers the following costs;

  • the University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate
  • a maintenance allowance worth £17,500 for 12 months at the 2020-21 rate, which is for up to 4 years for PhD scholars.
  • one economy flight ticket at the beginning and end of the course
  • inbound visa costs & the cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge

Gates Cambridge does not cover the following costs;

  • bench payments
  • the price of scientific equipment or similar academic resources
  • additional payments charged by departments for fieldwork, orientation activities, mandatory study trips, courses outside Cambridge or similar.

Round 1: US citizens living in the USA only

Applicants must apply no later than 9 October 2020 for entry in October 2021.

Round 2: All other eligible applicants

The course applied for will determine the application deadline.

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

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To be considered for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, you must meet the following eligibility requirements;

  • You must be a national of any country outside the United Kingdom.
  • You must apply to pursue a full-time PhD, MSc/MLitt or one year postgraduate degree coursework at the University of Cambridge.
  • Students studying a course at the moment who wish to apply for a new degree coursework are eligible to apply for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship.
  • Students who are already studying a course are not eligible to apply for the Gates Cambridge scholarship to fund the remaining of it.
  • Undergraduate or part-time degree students are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Successful applicants will be selected on the following criteria;

  • Reasons for choosing their course of study
  • Excellent intellectual ability
  • A commitment to improving lives of others
  • Leadership potential 

Application Deadline Candidates are considered in two selection rounds.

Application Details

  • With the closure of the entry application into the 2020/21 academic year, the entry applications into the 2021/22 academic year will open in September 2020.
  • Application for admission to a postgraduate degree or college place can be done via the University’s Graduate Applicant Portal.


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  1. I want to advance my educational carriers, so that I can be a professional in my field.

  2. Bwalya Francis

    I am a Zambian citizen and I would like to study environmental studies as a postgraduate

  3. Yidnekachew Mulat

    i want to be learn masters degree in investment banking cambirge , their is not investment banking sector in ethiopia incase of luck of knowledge! Its help us ethiopia to part of flat world in soonest.

    • Ojoawo olusoji joshua

      I want to advance my education so that I can see that homeless people in Africa have someone who can help and speak for them

  4. Interested BSC Civil Engineering From Jimma University (Ethiopia)

  5. I am a Zimbabwe citizen who finished my A Levels last year achieving 3 A*s in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. I achieved 7 A*s and 2 As for my Cambridge IGCSE which I wrote in 2017. I have been toying between doing medicine (been offered a place at UCD in Dublin to do it ) or a science degree. I have been offered a place at Cambridge University to do Natural Sciences (Biology) to begin in October 2020. I have done job shadowing at various medical facilities and have been amazed and humbled at the level of dedication and selflessness of the doctors and nurses working under such difficult conditions, limited equipment and with so few supplies etc. I have seen the desperation on parent’s faces as they could not afford the $5 for a blood test for their children or the $2 for a medication. This has given me the desire to be part of a research team to find affordable yet effective treatments for these poor families. I want to make a positive difference to those people around me.

  6. Machock Deng Khor

    my first degree is Human Resource Management and Leadership from New Generation University [ Ethiopia ]. Therefore, I want to study in Gate’s Sponsored scholarship for my second degree.

  7. ojoawo olusoji

    How do i apply .My first degree is in Agricultural-Economics from university of Ibadan.NigeriaI need information that can help me apply

  8. ojoawo olusoji

    How do i apply .My first degree is in Agricultural-Economics from university of Ibadan.NigeriaI need information that can help me apply.Thanks

  9. Saabwe Nicholas Mpanga

    I am from Uganda and am interested in Bsc. In oil and gas production

  10. J’aime le Canada

  11. Onyinye-Onyes Enigwe

    I am interested in maste degree.

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