Gates Cambridge Scholarships (Fully-funded Masters & PhD) in UK for International Students 2019/2020

Gates Cambridge Trust offers full fee postgraduate (Masters and PhD) Gates Cambridge Scholarships for outstanding
International students to study any course at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Application Timeline:

  • Applications Open : 3rd September, 2018
  • Applications Close: Dependent on your course – either 5th December 2018 or 3rd January 2019

Eligible Countries: international

To be taken at (country): Cambridge University UK

Accepted Subject Areas: Masters and PhD Courses offered by the university

About the Award: Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They 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 Gates Cambridge Scholarships programme aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.
Type: Masters, PhD

Selection Criteria

  • outstanding intellectual ability
  • leadership potential
  • a commitment to improving the lives of others
  • a good Fit between the applicant’s qualifications and aspirations and the postgraduate programme at Cambridge for which they are applying


  • a citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom
  • applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study: PhD (three year research-only degree); MSc or MLitt (two year research-only degree); or a one year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)
  • already a student at Cambridge and want to apply for a new postgraduate course. For example, if you are studying for
    an MPhil you can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to do a PhD. However, if you have already started a course,
    you cannot apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to fund the rest of it.
  • already a Gates Cambridge Scholar and want to apply for a second Scholarship. You must apply by the second,
    international deadline and go through the same process of departmental ranking, shortlisting and interviewing as all
    other candidates.

Number of Scholarship: Several

Value of Scholarship
Scholarship will cover the full cost of study the University Composition Fee and College fees at the appropriate rate a maintenance allowance for a single student one economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course

Duration of Scholarship: For the duration of the programme

How to Apply: Apply Here
Visit the Scholarship Webpage for Details

Award Sponsors: Gates Cambridge Trust
Important Notes:

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are extremely competitive: over 4,000 applicants apply for 90 Scholarships each year.

Given the intense competition, the Trust has a four stage selection process:

  • Departmental ranking – the very best applicants to each department are ranked on academic merit only
  • Shortlisting – Gates Cambridge committees review the applications of ranked candidates using all four Gates
    Cambridge criteria and put forward a list for interview
  • Interview – all shortlisted candidates have a short interview to assess how they meet all four Gates Cambridge
  • Selection – chairs of interview panels meet to decide the final
    list of Scholars
  • A good fit between the applicant’s qualifications and aspirations and the postgraduate programme at Cambridge for
    which they are applying




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