Gates Cambridge Scholarship UK 2024-2025 (Fully Funded)

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Gates Cambridge Scholarship UK 2024-2025 (Fully Funded)


About Scholarship 

Annually, Gates Cambridge offers approximately 80 fully-funded scholarships to exceptional candidates from countries outside the United Kingdom, enabling them to pursue postgraduate degrees in any field available at the University of Cambridge. The majority of these scholarships, roughly two-thirds, are awarded to Ph.D. students, with around 25 scholarships allocated in the U.S. application round and 55 in the International round.

Degree Level:

Gates Cambridge Scholarship UK 2024-2025 (Fully Funded Scholarships) is available to undertake Masters, PhD, and Diploma level programs at the University of Cambridge.


Available Subjects:

The following subjects are available to study under this scholarship program.

  • All Subjects

Courses that Gates Cambridge does NOT consider:

  • Any Undergraduate degree, such as a 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

Eligible Nationalities:

This scholarship is open to domestic and international students of all nationalities.

Scholarship Benefits:

A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge. It also provides additional, discretionary funding.

Core components

the University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate*

  • A maintenance allowance for a single student (£20,000 for 12 months at the 2023-24 rate; pro rata for courses shorter than 12 months) – for PhD scholars, the award is for up to 4 years
  • one economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course
  • inbound visa costs & the cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge *

The University Composition Fee varies for different types of students; applicants should see the Graduate Studies prospectus for full details about precise amounts. Where a student has been successful in gaining a fee award from public authorities (such as the UKRI) they should accept this award and the Trust will not pay their fee or may share their fee and maintenance costs.

Discretionary components


The Trust also considers applications for several types of additional funding on a discretionary basis:

  • Academic development funding – from up to £500 to up to £2,000, dependent on the length of your course, to attend conferences and courses.
  • Dependent Children Allowance – up to £11,604 for one child and up to £16,548 for two or more children (2023-24 rate). No funding is provided for a partner.
  • Fieldwork – you may apply to keep up to your normal maintenance allowance while on fieldwork as part of your Ph.D. (the Trust does not fund other fieldwork costs as these should be funded by the University Composition Fee).
  • Maternity/Paternity funding – should you require it, you may apply to intermit your studies for up to 6 months and continue to receive your maintenance allowance during this time.
  • Hardship funding – for unforeseen difficulties facing the scholar

Receiving a salary or substantial other scholarship?

If you are receiving a salary from an employer or have another substantial scholarship, the Trust reserves the right to reduce or not pay the standard maintenance allowance. You should let the Trust know ASAP if you are awarded any funding towards your degree at Cambridge.

What is not covered?

Most costs are covered by the Scholarship but Gates Cambridge does not cover bench fees or the costs of scientific equipment or similar academic resources. The Trust expects such core course costs to be covered by the academic department at Cambridge.


Eligibility Criteria:

Who can apply?

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: Ph.D. (full-time or part-time*) MLitt (full-time) One-year postgraduate course (full-time), with some exceptions – see below
  •  For October 2024 entry, Gates Cambridge is continuing to pilot a scheme that allows applicants to apply for funding for a part-time doctoral degree.

Current a student at Cambridge?​

If you are currently studying at Cambridge and wish to apply for a new postgraduate course you can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. For example, if you are currently studying for an MPhil you can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue a PhD. Current Gates Cambridge Scholars may also apply for a second scholarship if they are applying for a new degree. All current Cambridge students will be considered for the second, international round. However, if you have already started a course (e.g. you are currently part way through a PhD) you cannot apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to fund the remainder of it.

General funding at Cambridge


Whether or not you are eligible for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you may be eligible for other funding offered by the University of Cambridge.

Application Deadlines:

For US citizens: 11th October, 2023. For other eligible Applicants: 5 December 2023 or 4 January 2024.



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