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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 Chickens Can Help the Poor

(0) Comments | Posted 13 July 2016 | (11:43)


*Tyler Beck Goodspeed [2008] did an MPhil in Economic and Social History at the University of Cambridge with the support of a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. He is currently is a Junior Fellow in the Department of Economics at the University of...

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Canada: The Side You Probably Don't Know

(0) Comments | Posted 31 May 2016 | (16:50)


*Jodi Gustafson [2015] is Métis and hails from Canada's Yukon Territory. She is currently pursuing a MPhil in Conservation Leadership as a Gates Cambridge Scholar at the University of Cambridge. When she is not studying conservation initiatives and climate change action,...

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Survivor's Guilt

(3) Comments | Posted 9 May 2016 | (12:04)


*Aya Waller-Bey [2015] is a Detroit native and Georgetown University alumna. She is currently pursuing a MPhil in Education in the Arts, Creativity, Education and Culture route as a Gates Cambridge Scholar at the University of Cambridge. When she is not...

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A Positive Approach to Mental Healthcare

(0) Comments | Posted 28 April 2016 | (15:03)


*Sabrina Anjara [2014] is a Gates Cambridge Scholar doing a PhD in Public Health and Primary Care focused on mental health in Indonesia. She is currently crowdfunding her research project at . Picture credit: Wikipedia.

On 19 April...

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Climate Change Relocation Is an American Story

(0) Comments | Posted 26 April 2016 | (16:54)


*Victoria Herrmann [2014] is a Gates Cambridge Scholar and Managing Director of the Arctic Institute. In 2016 she is traveling across America for a National Geographic -unded book titled America's Eroding Edges. Picture credit: Arctic Institute.

Over the past year as...

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The Complex Links Between Science and Magic

(0) Comments | Posted 21 April 2016 | (10:40)


*Nikolas Oktaba is a Gates Cambridge Scholar doing an MPhil in Classics at the University of Cambridge. Picture credit of Johann Gassner c/o Wikimedia.

It is tempting to suppose that 'science' or 'reason' have unseated the rule of 'myth'...

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Is #LetThemStay Australia's Anti-Apartheid Movement?

(0) Comments | Posted 9 March 2016 | (14:03)


*Stephanie Mawson is a Gates Cambridge Scholar at the University of Cambridge, doing a PhD in History focusing on the colonisation of the Philippines and the role of ordinary Filipinos in that process. Emma Nicholls is a Gates Cambridge...

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Why Zika Is Not Caused by Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes

(1) Comments | Posted 4 March 2016 | (16:57)


*Alexandra Mannerings [nee Kamins - 2009] did her PhD in Veterinary Science at the University of Cambridge and is now a healthcare research analyst for the Colorado Hospital Association in the United States. Picture credit: Wikipedia.

A recent internet-fuelled rumour suggested...

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How Improvisation Can Help You at Work and Home

(2) Comments | Posted 15 February 2016 | (12:55)


*Sridhar Rajan Jagannathan [2015] is a Gates Cambridge scholar and is currently a PhD student in psychology at the University of Cambridge focusing on consciousness. Picture credit: League of improvisational theater by Aude Vanlathem. Picture credit: Aude Vanlathem /, via...

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The dark side of love

(0) Comments | Posted 12 February 2016 | (16:46)


*Nikolas Oktaba [2015] is doing an MPhil in Classics. Picture credit: Wikipedia.

A trip to the closest grocery store last week yielded ample material for reflection, especially in this most perilous of seasons. Sunday was Valentine's Day and because of that...

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Could Changes in Our Diet Have Made Childbirth More Risky?

(0) Comments | Posted 26 January 2016 | (21:36)


*Victoria Tobolsky [2012] is a first year PhD student in Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard, where she is studying the evolution of the human skeleton and its applications to health. She did an MPhil in Human Evolutionary Studies at the University...

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Apartheid Ideas Highlighted in Social Media

(0) Comments | Posted 8 January 2016 | (19:15)


*Zenobia Ismail [2013] is doing a PhD in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge with the support of a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Picture credit: Wikipedia.

In December 2015 South Africa had a collective heart murmur. The sudden dismissal...

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Women Fight Terror Through Education

(1) Comments | Posted 18 December 2015 | (10:14)


*Aliya Khalid [2015] is doing a PhD in Education with the support of the Gates Cambridge Trust. She is from Peshawar. Picture credit: Wikipedia.

Ideas are what cause nations to collapse or rejuvenate. It is ideas and ideology that help people...

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The Gift of Knowledge

(0) Comments | Posted 14 December 2015 | (21:42)


*Natalie Rebeyev [2015] is doing a PhD in Medical Science with the support of a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

It was 5:30 am on a sunny Sunday morning in August 2011 and I couldn't contain my excitement. As we began to make...

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Rethinking Online Feminist Action

(0) Comments | Posted 7 December 2015 | (11:25)


*Lauren Power [2015] is doing an MPhil in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge, with the support of a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

Last week, more than 1,200 women in a secret Facebook group launched an online campaign to name-and-shame...

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Tackling India's Sanitation Crisis

(3) Comments | Posted 5 December 2015 | (10:46)


*An urban planner by learning and alumnus of Cambridge University, MS Raghavendra [2002 - PhD in Architecture] teaches at Administrative Staff College of India and may be reached at for a longer version of this piece. He did his PhD...

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Don't Blame the Abundance of Oil

(0) Comments | Posted 24 November 2015 | (16:48)


*Kamiar Mohaddes [2005] is a Senior Lecturer and Fellow in Economics at Girton College, University of Cambridge. He did a PhD in Economics, supported by a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Picture credit: Wikipedia.

According to the 'Resource Curse' hypothesis, resource-rich countries perform...

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Solving Problems With Human-Centred Design

(0) Comments | Posted 17 November 2015 | (12:16)


*Allison Kindig [2015] is a Gates Cambridge Scholar and is doing her MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development. Picture credit: Clear Light Bulb with Glowing Filament by is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported...

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Women in the Shuttle Trade Remain Trapped in Inequality

(0) Comments | Posted 14 October 2015 | (15:10)


*Darja Irdam [2012] is doing a PhD in Sociology at the University of Cambridge, supported by a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

In many societies across the world it is men who are in a position of power politically, economically and socially, while...

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Health Risks of Large Families

(0) Comments | Posted 1 October 2015 | (15:00)


*Diana Pirjol [2011] did an MPhil in Public Health. She is currently a Public Health Advocate Fellow with the European Public Health Alliance. Picture by Alex Proimos from Sydney, Australia (Washing on the Line Uploaded by russavia) [CC BY 2.0 (],...

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