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Gates Cambridge Scholarships for International Students, 2022

Deadline: 13th October 2021

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme was established in October 2000 by a donation of US$210m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge; this is the largest ever single donation to a UK university.

Each year Gates Cambridge offers full-cost scholarships to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Approximately two-thirds of these awards will be offered to PhD students, with approximately 25 awards available in the US round and 55 available in the International round.

The selection criteria are:

  • outstanding intellectual ability
  • reasons for choice of course
  • a commitment to improving the lives of others
  • leadership potential

There are at least 225 Scholars from c. 50 countries studying in Cambridge at any one time who pursue the full range of subjects available at the University and are spread across its departments and Colleges.


Chevening Scholarships for Outstanding Emerging Leaders 2022

The Gates Cambridge mission is to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. It aims to achieve this mission by selecting outstanding scholars, providing them with financial and non-financial support at one of the world’s leading universities and facilitating community building at and beyond Cambridge.


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 at the University of Cambridge:
    • PhD
    • MSc/MLitt
    • One year postgraduate course (with some exceptions – see below)

Courses which are NOT eligible for Gates Cambridge Scholarships:

  • Any Undergraduate degree such as BA (undergraduate) or BA affiliated (a second BA)
  • Master of Business (MBA)
  • Master of Finance (MFin)
  • PGCE
  • MBBChir Clinical Studies
  • MD Doctor of Medicine degree (6 years, part-time)
  • Graduate Course in Medicine (A101)
  • Part-time degrees
  • Non-degree courses


US citizens resident in the USA

This is the earlier round for applicants who are both US citizens and normally resident in the United States; it is specific to Gates Cambridge.

What stage? Date
Applications open Thursday 02 September 2021
Application deadline Wednesday 13 October 2021
Departmental ranking Monday 18 October 2021 to Thursday 18 November 2021
All applicants notified of application outcome Wednesday 01 December 2021
On-line review and selection by panels TBC
Scholarships offered Late January 2022
Scholarships accepted 72 hours after offer

All other eligible applicants

The large majority of applicants will apply in this round, which is also aligned with the University’s postgraduate funding competition. There are two possible application deadlines and these are based on course to which your are applying.

What stage? Date
Applications open  Thursday 02 September 2021
Application deadline Dependent on your course – either 02 December 2021 or 06 January 2022 (see Course Directory)
Departmental ranking December – February
All applicants notified of application outcome February 2022
On-line review and selection by panels February and March 2022
Scholarships offered Late March
Scholarships accepted 72 hours after offer

The application process

Watch the University’s short overview film about applying for postgraduate admission and funding and then read below about specific requirements for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

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For more information, visit the official website of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship here.

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