Bill Gates/Cambridge Foundation Scholarship 2015/2016


The 2015/2016 Bill Gates Foundation Scholarships also known as the Gates Cambridge Scholarships, application process has commenced.

Application Deadline

Round 1 (US citizens based in the USA) –15 October 2014
Round 2 (all other eligible candidates) – 3 December 2014

This scholarships was started and sustained by a donation of US$210 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge.

Details of Gates Cambridge Scholarships for 2015/2016
Bill Gates Foundation Scholarships are prestigious, 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 programme aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are one of the most prestigious international scholarships in the world.

The programme was established in 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.

While at Cambridge, Scholars pursue full range of subjects available at the University and are spread through its departments and Colleges.
Our Alumni are pursuing further study or employment across many sectors of society. Despite the relative youth of the programme, Gates Cambridge Alumni are increasingly taking on leadership roles and applying their knowledge and skills to improve the lives of others.

1. First class of Scholars took up their awards in 2001
Currently over 1,300 Gates Cambridge Scholars and Alumni from 100 countries

95 new Scholarships awarded each year:

40 in US, around 55 in international round

About 225 Scholars from 50 countries studying in Cambridge

Over 1,000 Alumni spread across the globe

Eligibility for the 2015/16 Bill Gates Foundation Scholarships

You can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship if you are:
1. 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 (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.

Courses which are NOT eligible for Gates Cambridge Scholarships:

BA (undergraduate)
BA affiliated (a second BA)
MBBChir Clinical Studies MD Doctor of Medicine
degree (6 years, part-time)
Part-time degrees
Non-degree courses Courses at universities
other than Cambridge
Fields of study

This scholarship will be given to pursue any postgraduate program in Cambridge University, UK. What the scholarship covers

Bill and Melinda Gates foundation scholarship is a full scholarship and covers the following:
The University Composition Fee and College fees at the appropriate rate a maintenance allowance for a single student (£13, 300 for 12 months at the 2012-13 rates; pro rata for courses shorter than 12 months) one economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course

Family allowance –
up to £7,775 for a first child and up to £1,200 for a second child. 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 PhD.

Some fourth year funding for PhD Scholars may be provided – but the termly maintenance allowance reduces per term for up to a year Hardship funding – if there are unforeseen difficulties.

How to apply for Bill Gates Scholarships:

All interested candidates
should kindly visit this link and apply now.