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Bill Gates Cambridge Scholarships 2015/2016- Apply!

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

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 round 55 in international round
    About 225 Scholars from c. 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:

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.

Application deadline

Round 1 (US citizens based in the USA) – 15 October 2014

Round 2 (all other eligible candidates) – 3 December 2014

How to apply for Bill Gates Scholarships:

All interested candidates should kindly visit this link and apply now. http://www.gatescambridge.org/apply/how-to-apply.asp

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