2021 Gates Cambridge Scholarship Programme – University of Cambridge

2021 Gates Cambridge Scholarship Programme - University of Cambridge

2021 Gates Cambridge Scholarship Programme is open for application. Interested and eligible applicants can take part in after reading about the scholarship award as it is given in this article. If you want to study at the University of Cambridge, then read on

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 c.80 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.

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2021 Gates Cambridge Scholarship Programme

Scholarship Benefits

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

Core components

  1. The University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate
  2. A maintenance allowance for a single student (£17,500 for 12 months at the 2020-21 rate; pro rata for courses shorter than 12 months) – for PhD scholars the award is for up to 4 years
  3. One economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course
  4. 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 from the European Union has been successful in gaining a fees award from public authorities they must accept this and the Trust will not pay these fees.

Discretionary components

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

  1. Academic development funding – from up to £500 to up to £2,000, dependent on the length of your course, to attend conferences and courses.
  2. Family allowance – up to £10,120 for a first child and up to £4,320 for a second child (2020-21 rate). No funding is provided for a partner.
  3. Fieldwork – you may apply to keep up to your normal maintenance allowance while on fieldwork as part of your PhD (the Trust does not fund other fieldwork costs as these should be funded by the University Composition Fee).
  4. 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
  5. Hardship funding – for unforeseen difficulties

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.

Scholarship Requirements

You can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship if you are:

  1. A citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom
  2. Applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge:
    1. PhD
    2. MSc/MLitt
    3. One year postgraduate course (with some exceptions – see below)

Courses which are NOT eligible for Gates Cambridge Scholarships:

  1. Any Undergraduate degree such as BA (undergraduate) or BA affiliated (a second BA)
  2. Master of Business (MBA)
  3. Master of Finance (MFin)
  4. PGCE
  5. MBBChir Clinical Studies
  6. MD Doctor of Medicine degree (6 years, part-time)
  7. Graduate Course in Medicine (A101)
  8. Part-time degrees
  9. Non-degree courses?

How To Apply

  • If you are qualified and interested, simply go to Gates Cambridge on www.apply.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk
  • Click on “Here” under register
  • Enter your email address, create and confirm your password
  • Accept the terms and conditions, privacy & cookie policy
  • Click on “Register” to start your scholarship application process

For more details, visit Gates Cambridge website

Application Deadline

The scholarship application closes on the 7th of January, 2021

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