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Value

A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge.

Core components

  • the University Composition Fee and College fees at the appropriate rate*
  • a maintenance allowance for a single student (£13,900 for 12 months at the 2014-15 rate; pro rata for courses shorter than 12 months)
  • one economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course
  • inbound visa costs

Discretionary components

The Trust also considers applications for several types of additional funding on a discretionary basis:

  • Family allowance - up to £9,630 for a first child and up to £4,110 for a second child. No funding is provided for a partner.
  • Academic development funding - up to £500 a year to attend Conferences and Courses.
  • 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

*The University Composition Fee varies for different types of students; applicants should see the Graduate Studies Prospectus for full details about precise amounts. Where a student from the European Union has been successful in gaining a fees award from public authorities they must accept this and the Trust will not pay these fees.

** The PhD at Cambridge is a three-year degree and Gates Cambridge Scholars should take on a research project that they and their Supervisor think can be completed within three years. However, if there are unforeseen circumstances which mean you need further funding during all or part of your fourth year, the Trust will consider an application on a discretionary basis. But you should not rely on receiving any fourth year funding when you start your PhD.

Receiving a salary or substantial other scholarship

If you are receiving a salary from an employer or have another substantial scholarship, the Trust reserves the right to reduce or not pay the standard maintenance allowance.

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