Gates Cambridge Scholarships 2020/21 | UK

Studying at the University of Cambridge is almost a dream for many students. It is ranked among the top five universities in the world, first in the Times University Guide 2020 and first in the Guardian University Guide 2020. It is one of the oldest and most famous universities in the UK.

Cambridge is known for its diversity and offers services and support to international students who wish to continue their academic studies there. About 1,300 international students from all over the world are currently enrolled at Cambridge University.

The University of Cambridge offers Gates Cambridge Scholarships for outstanding international students to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree at the university.

Scholarship Details:

Applications open: 1 SEPT 2020
Deadline: 14 Oct/3 Dec 2020 or 7 Jan 2021 (annual).
City: Cambridge
Course start date: October 2021.
Level of study: PhD, MSc or MLitt, or a one-year postgraduate degree.
Field of study: Any subject offered at the University.
Number of scholarships: 80 scholarships each year.
Eligible countries: international.

Scholarship Description:

The highly competitive Gates Cambridge Scholarships are offered for full-time postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge in any course available at the university.

Unlike other scholarships, these scholarships are fully funded. For the Gates Masters Scholarship, the maximum duration will be 2 years, while for the Gates PhD. Grant up to 4 years.

Application is open to students from outside the UK and selection is based on the applicant’s qualifications, academic merit, outstanding intellectual ability and leadership potential.

Scholarship Covers:

Gates Cambridge Scholarships cover the cost of study, as well as the following expenses.

  • Composition fees at the appropriate rate
  • A maintenance grant for one student (£17,500 per year at the 2020-2021 rate) – The scholarship offered for 4 years for PhD scholars.
  • An economy class airfare at the beginning and end of the course.
  • The costs of entry visas and the cost of the health surcharge for immigrants.
  • Between £500 and £2000 for academic development funding.
  • Family allowance.
  • Field work.
  • Maternity funding: if you need it, you can apply to interrupt your studies for up to 6 months and continue to receive your
  • maintenance allowance during this period.
  • Hardship funding: For unforeseen hardship.


To apply for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, you must:

  • Be a non-UK national.
  • Apply for one of these full-time residential programs: PhD, MSc or MLitt or a one-year postgraduate course.
  • If you are already studying at Cambridge University, you can apply for a new postgraduate course and benefit from the Gates Cambridge Scholarship if you have not yet started a course.

You can find more details about eligibility on the following website:

How to apply:

Applications for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship are made through the University’s Postgraduate Applicant Portal. You will first need to submit a graduate application for admission, a place at the College and funding.

You will also need the following materials

A 3,000 character statement about why you have chosen the University of Cambridge and your suitability for the Gates Cambridge program.
A reference (non-academic) on your fit with Gates Cambridge.
Other materials such as CV/resume.
A research proposal is required for PhD applicants.


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