The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation made the largest single grant to a UK university—$210 million—to the University of Cambridge in October 2000, establishing the Gates Cambridge Scholarship program. In October 2001, the initial group of academics moved into residence. Since that time, the Trust has given out more than 2,000 scholarships to students in more than 100 different nations.
Bill and Melinda Gates graciously agreed to support the Gates Cambridge Trust by becoming its patrons in 2012. The Trust is happy to emphasize the connection between the Gates family and the Gates Cambridge Scholarships.
Ten eminent Trustees from various backgrounds make up the Gates Cambridge Board. The University of Cambridge appoints the other two Trustees, while the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation names the other two. Trustees gather twice a year to discuss the program’s strategic direction.
Gates Cambridge awards around 80 full-fee scholarships year to deserving non-UK students who wish to pursue a postgraduate degree in any field offered by the University of Cambridge. There will be about 25 awards available in the US round and 55 awards available in the international round, with about two-thirds of these awards going to PhD candidates.
Outstanding intellectual capacity and motivations for choosing the course are the selection criteria. A dedication to bettering people’ lives and Leadership capacity.
At any given time, there are 250 Scholars from 50 different countries studying in Cambridge. They follow the whole range of subjects offered by the university, are dispersed among its departments and Colleges, and have formed their own unique community.
Building a global network of future leaders devoted to enhancing the lives of others is the goal of the Gates Cambridge initiative. By choosing exceptional scholars, offering them financial and non-financial assistance at one of the top universities in the world, and facilitating community building at Cambridge and beyond, it hopes to accomplish this purpose.
|Programme Name||Gates Cambridge Scholarships|
|Eligible Students||From Various Developing Nations|
The Trust also makes discretionary decisions on requests for a range of extra funding, including:
Financial support for attending conferences and courses, ranging from £500 to £2,000 depending on the length of your course.
Family allowance, which can be up to £10,944 for one child and £15,612 for two or more children (2022-23 rate). A partner is not given any funding.
When conducting fieldwork for your PhD, you may request to receive up to your regular maintenance allowance (the Trust does not fund other fieldwork costs as these should be funded by the University Composition Fee).
Maternity/Paternity funding: If you need it, you can seek to put your studies on hold for up to 6 months while still receiving your maintenance allowance.
Hardship funding, for unforeseen challenges the student may face.
The Trust maintains the right to lower or not pay the regular maintenance stipend if you are receiving a salary from a job or another sizable scholarship. If you get funding for your Cambridge degree, please notify the Trust as soon as possible.
What is left out?
The Scholarship covers the majority of expenses, although Gates Cambridge does not pay for bench fees, the price of scientific equipment, or other comparable academic charges. The Trust anticipates that the Cambridge academic department will pay for these fundamental course costs.
Through the university’s graduate application portal, candidates submit their applications for admission and financial aid (Gates Cambridge and other funds).
You must fill out both the Gates Cambridge portion of the funding section and the form to apply for admission to a course and a college place in order to be eligible for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. When evaluating applicants, Gates Cambridge has access to the whole admission and grant application.