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The Gates Cambridge Scholarships fund postgraduate study for international students who have outstanding academic ability and exceptional social leadership skills. The programme was established through a US$210m donation to the University of Cambridge from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2001 which remains the largest single donation to a UK university.

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How Technology Is Transforming Opera

(0) Comments | Posted 17 April 2014 | (09:19)


*Ilana Walder Biesanz [2013] is doing an MPhil in European Literature and Culture. She was involved in the first online opera and is on the panel of Opera21 Magazine's 'Technology and Opera' discussion. Picture credit: Stuart Miles and

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The Urgent Need for Affordable Treatment for Sleeping Sickness

(0) Comments | Posted 9 April 2014 | (10:55)


*Divya Venkatesh [2011] is a Gates Cambridge Scholar doing a PhD in Pathology. Picture credit: Wiki Commons and Adrian Custer.

Last week, Bill Gates called for the world to step up the fight against 'neglected tropical diseases' such as...

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Conservation Is Necessary for Food Security

(0) Comments | Posted 26 March 2014 | (22:21)


*Libby Blanchard [2012] is doing a PhD in Geography focusing on climate change. Picture credit: pupunkkop and

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) predicts that the world will need to produce 70% more food by 2050 to realise...

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Breast Cancer Business Challenge

(1) Comments | Posted 6 March 2014 | (10:59)


*Grecia Gonzalez [2012] is doing a PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge.

On February 10, 2013, my mother passed away after a three-year battle with breast cancer. Walking beside her on her journey was a life-changing experience for everyone...

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A Golden Age of Satire

(2) Comments | Posted 27 February 2014 | (12:59)


*Marc Mierowsky [2011] is doing a PhD in English at the University of Cambridge.

In 2012, The People's Daily reported that Kim Jong Un had been voted the sexiest man alive. Quoting their source, The Onion, a little too extensively, the...

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A Global Battlefield

(0) Comments | Posted 20 February 2014 | (12:02)

*Joseph McQuade [2013] is doing a PhD in History on the use of political violence in the early 20th century. Picture credit: dan and

Lest we forget, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the war that shaped the 20th century. The first of three world...

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Architects Need to Address Long-Term Climate Change Challenges

(0) Comments | Posted 13 February 2014 | (11:13)


*Linda Gichuyia [2011] is doing a PhD in Architecture at the University of Cambridge. Picture credit jiggoja and

Flooding in the UK has caused huge problems this winter, damaging homes and possessions. In developing countries, from the Philippines to Haiti,...

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Science Needs Ethics

(0) Comments | Posted 3 February 2014 | (21:00)


*Sean Collins [2012] is doing a PhD in Materials Science at the University of Cambridge where he is a Gates Cambridge Scholar. His research focuses on studying the optical properties of metal nanoparticles using high energy electron beams.

My area of...

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Why Reproductive Fertility Technology Is Not the Solution to Age-Related Infertility

(0) Comments | Posted 29 January 2014 | (10:39)


*Katie Hammond [2011] is doing a PhD in Sociology at the University of Cambridge, having completed an MPhil in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies. Her research looks at assistive reproductive technologies, the resulting markets, and their regulation. Picture credit: arztsamui and


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Truth and Reconciliation for Canada's Aborigines

(0) Comments | Posted 23 January 2014 | (17:10)


*Tara Cookson is a Gates Cambridge Scholar and is doing a PhD in Geography at the University of Cambridge. She is critically exploring the effects of the more recent post-neoliberal policy shifts on women's lives as carers within the Latin American...

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Why the Energy Technology Revolution Hasn't Happened

(0) Comments | Posted 15 January 2014 | (13:34)


*Robert Perrons [2001] was a Gates Cambridge Scholar at the University of Cambridge, where he received a PhD in Engineering. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. His research mainly focuses...

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San Quentin: Starting a Prison Revolution?

(0) Comments | Posted 7 January 2014 | (12:19)


*Sytske Besemer [2008] has just finished a PhD in Criminology at the University of Cambridge. Picture credit: Wiki Commons and Jitze Couperus.

"San Quentin, what good do you think you do?

Do you think that I'll be different...

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Ukraine: The Struggle for Democracy

(1) Comments | Posted 23 December 2013 | (15:44)


*Oksana Trushkevych [2001 - formerly Oksana Ruzak] did a PhD in Engineering at the University of Cambridge and is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Warwick. Svitlana Kobzar [2005] did a PhD in International Politics. Picture credit:...

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Dangerous Loopholes in Climate Change Framework

(0) Comments | Posted 16 December 2013 | (11:29)


Libby Blanchard [2012] is a Gates Cambridge Scholar and a PhD candidate in Geography at the University of Cambridge. Follow her on Twitter: @blanchardlibby. Picture credit: pupunkkop and

On November 23rd, the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP 19) of...

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Mandela Moments: Lessons in Selflessness

(0) Comments | Posted 11 December 2013 | (12:47)


*Zenobia Ismail [2013] is a South African student doing a PhD in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. Between 2008 and 2011 she was involved in multi-country research on democracy and governance in sub-Saharan Africa....

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Measuring the True Impact of Development Initiatives

(0) Comments | Posted 10 December 2013 | (10:18)


*Marlen de la Chaux (2013) is currently pursuing a PhD in Management Studies at the University of Cambridge.

Sometimes major international governance schemes begin simply: with a glass of beer, and questions of how to measure the making...

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After Typhoon Haiyan: Can We Build Safer Homes?

(0) Comments | Posted 4 December 2013 | (10:33)


*Daniel Jimenez [2013] is doing an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge. Photo: Coastal homes along the path of Typhoon Haiyan prior to landfall, Basey, Samar, August 2013.

Over the past decade, the headlines have been...

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Climate Change: Where Next After Warsaw?

(0) Comments | Posted 25 November 2013 | (19:02)


Libby Blanchard [2012] is a Gates Cambridge Scholar and PhD candidate in Geography at the University of Cambridge. Follow her on Twitter: @blanchardlibby. Picture credit Stoonn and

Over the past two weeks, international negotiators from 195 member nations met in...

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The Case for Quotas for Women in Politics

(0) Comments | Posted 22 November 2013 | (14:36)


*Jennifer M. Piscopo [2002] is a Gates Cambridge Alumna and Assistant Professor of Politics at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA, and Magda Hinojosa is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. To read their policy...

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Devil's Advocates at the Khmer Rouge Trial

(0) Comments | Posted 14 November 2013 | (13:05)


*Justine Drennan [2011] did an MPhil in International Relations and has been reporting, writing and editing Cambodian news stories of international interest as an intern for The Associated Press. Picture credit of Cambodian youth seeing the victims' pictures at Tuol Sleng:...

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