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Bill Gates Scholarship Programme | University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (BSc, MSc & PhD)

Bill 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. Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge

The aim of the Gates Cambridge programme is to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others


  • The University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate*
  • A maintenance allowance for a single student (£14,900 for 12 months at the 2017-18 rate; pro rata for courses shorter than 12 months)
  • One economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course
  • Inbound visa costs & the cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge

Discretionary components:

  • Academic development funding – from £500 to £2,000, dependent on the length of your course, to attend conferences and courses.
  • Family allowance – up to £10,120 for a first child and up to £4,320 for a second child (2016-17 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 field work costs as these should be funded by the University Composition Fee).
  • Hardship funding – for unforeseen difficulties
  • 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
  • Some fourth year funding for Ph.D. Scholars may be provided.
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  • 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:
  • Ph.D. (three-year research-only degree)
  • MSc or MLitt (two-year research-only degree)
  • One year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)

Eligible Regions: Open for all (except citizens of United Kingdom)


Apply online through website application link.

Application Deadline: Feb 11, 2019.

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  1. Bikila Tamiru

    I have been graduated MSC.degree in Accounting and finance . i have 6 years work exprience and i have pack of finance to update educational quality so I want to apply on PHD program.

  2. Cesar hernandez

    Me gustaría obtener una beca para lograr mis sueños y metas que e anhelado en vida

  3. How can i apply for M.Sc Mathematics?

  4. Libuseng Sekhamane

    I am a Lesotho citizen lady,who is interested in the scholarship
    I graduated in diploma in tourism management and so I still want to pursue my studies.. I want to apply for degree

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