2020 Gates Cambridge Scholarship

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.

For 2020 entry, Gates Cambridge will offer 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.


  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:
  3. PhD
  4. MSc/MLitt
  5. One year postgraduate course

How to apply?

Applicants submit their application for admission and funding (Gates Cambridge and other funding) via the University’s Graduate Application Portal. See How to apply for details.

Scholarship Coverage : Fully-funded

Application Time-frame

What stage?Round 1Round 2
Applications open2 September 20192 September 2019
Application deadline9 October 2019Dependent on your course – either 3 December 2019 or 7 January 2020
Shortlisted candidates invited to interviewLate DecemberEarly March
Interviews24 & 25 January 2020 (Seattle, USA)23 & 24 March 2020 (Cambridge, UK)
Scholarships offeredEarly FebruaryLate March
Scholarships accepted48 hours after offer48 hours after offer

Please see the official website for more information.