Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Gates Cambridge Scholarship 2021 at University of Melbourne – Australia

University of Melbourne Scholarships. University of Melbourne is pleased to award the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Gates Cambridge Scholarships of $35,000 to international students who want to study a program at the Institution.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Gates Cambridge Scholarships

This scholarship opportunity was established in October 2000 by a donation of US$210 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge, the largest ever single donation to a UK university. The Gates Cambridge Scholarship is one of the world’s most prestigious awards, aiming to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Gates Cambridge Scholarships 2021 at University of Melbourne – Australia


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Application Deadline: December 1, 2021

Eligible Countries: International

Type: Ph.D and Masters

Value of Award: 100% fee remission and at least $35,000

Number of Awards: 80

What are the benefits?

  • 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). PhD scholars will be funded for up to 4 years.
  • The University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate.
  • One economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course.
  • Inbound visa costs & the cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge.

The Trust also considers applications for several types of additional funding on a discretionary basis. For further information see an overview of the scholarship at the Gates Cambridge Scholarhips website.

Eligibility University of Melbourne Scholarships:

To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

  • Be a citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom
  • Apply to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge:
    • PhD
    • MSc/MLitt
    • One year postgraduate course (with some exceptions – see below)

Courses which are not eligible for Gates Cambridge Scholarships:

  • Any Undergraduate degree such as BA (undergraduate) or BA affiliated (a second BA)
  • Master of Business (MBA)
  • Master of Finance (MFin)
  • PGCE
  • MBBChir Clinical Studies
  • MD Doctor of Medicine degree (6 years, part-time)
  • Graduate Course in Medicine (A101)
  • Part-time degrees
  • Non-degree courses

Selection criteria

  • Academic excellence
  • Reasons for choice of course
  • A commitment to improving the lives of others
  • A capacity for leadership

Application Process: 

Applications for this scholarship need to be made directly through the Graduate Admissions Office at the University of Cambridge, that is, students apply for admission to Cambridge and indicate that they wish to be considered for funding including merit-based scholarships.

You can apply for admission to a postgraduate degree, a College place and various sources of funding (including the Gates Cambridge Scholarship) via the University of Cambridge’s Graduate Applicant Portal.

If applicants are successful in obtaining a place at Cambridge, they will be given a conditional offer by the Graduate Admissions office. These applicants will then be considered for any awards for which they are eligible, including the Gates Cambridge Scholarships.

Note that deadline to apply for this scholarship is specific to the Cambridge course you wish to enrol in. Further information is available from the Gates Cambridge Scholarship website. For enquiries, contact


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