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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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Moving Forward After Ferguson and Staten Island

(0) Comments | Posted 9 December 2014 | (13:53)


*Adam Cowden [2014] is doing an MPhil in Planning, Growth and Regeneration. Picture credit: Debra Sweet and Flickr. Licensed by Creative Commons.

For Americans, the 2014 holiday season has not gotten off to a particularly cheery start. As anyone with access...

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A Generational Contract of Design

(0) Comments | Posted 20 November 2014 | (17:47)


*Victoria Herrmann [2014] is doing a PhD in Polar Studies at the University of Cambridge with a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Picture credit: worradmu and

The lifestyle and political choices in America over the past half-century have cultivated...

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The Struggle for Values - In and Out of the Modern Job Market

(0) Comments | Posted 13 November 2014 | (16:32)


*Farhan Samanani [2013] is doing a PhD in Social Anthropology with the support of a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

'Do what you love', we are told. But what if 'what we love' just isn't hiring? And what if whoever is hiring just...

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Diplomats in Robes

(0) Comments | Posted 3 November 2014 | (10:57)


*Todd Tucker [2012] is a Gates Cambridge Scholar doing a PhD in Development Studies focusing on international economic dispute settlement. Picture credit: renjith krishnan and

New York federal courts have rattled nerves around the globe with recent decisions that impact...

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Why Kenya's Public Transport System Is Fighting Cashless Payment

(0) Comments | Posted 28 October 2014 | (19:30)


*Marlen de la Chaux [2013] is a Gates Scholar at Cambridge University's Judge Business School, pursuing a PhD in Management Studies. She is currently a visiting research fellow with iHub in Nairobi, where she studies the opportunities and challenges associated with...

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Will India and Japan Forge a New Asia?

(1) Comments | Posted 10 October 2014 | (15:21)


*Joseph McQuade [2013] is doing a PhD in History with the support of a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Picture of Narendra Modi. Credit: Mayur Bhatt and Wiki Commons.

Amid the cheering of nearly 20,000 supporters and the vocal protests of academics and...

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Obesity Crisis Is Not Just a Lifestyle Issue

(0) Comments | Posted 21 August 2014 | (14:53)

*Annalijn Conklin [2011] has completed her PhD in Medical Science at the MRC Epidemiology Unit. Picture credit: and Stuart Miles.

The "obesity crisis" has been given much media attention in recent months for two important reasons: there are...

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The Need for an Afghan Voice in Reform

(0) Comments | Posted 11 August 2014 | (19:44)

*Lindsey Murray [2013] has been studying an MPhil in Criminological Research. Photo credit: Salvatore Vuono and

The Western World is aware that international assistance is required to help rebuild less developed countries - providing institutional reform and capacity...

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Embryonic Knowledge

(0) Comments | Posted 14 July 2014 | (19:09)


*Katie Hammond [2011] is doing an MPhil in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies. Picture credit: and dream designs.

How does biology intersect with society? A pioneering inter-disciplinary project at Arizona State University is looking at the issue from the perspective...

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When Impact Is More Important Than Invention

(0) Comments | Posted 4 July 2014 | (21:44)


*Rebekah Scheuerle [2013] is doing a PhD in Chemical Engineering. This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the Saving Lives at Birth partners, JustMilk, or the University of Cambridge. Picture credit: Salvatore Vuono and

Everyone wants to be...

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Redefining Rare Disease

(0) Comments | Posted 27 June 2014 | (13:07)


*Bo Shiun Lai [2013] is a Gates Cambridge Scholar pursuing a PhD in Pathology at the University of Cambridge. He helped develop a new paradigm that can deliver antiparasitic agents across multiple membrane barriers and published his findings on...

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The Public and Private Isaac Newton

(0) Comments | Posted 20 June 2014 | (12:24)


*Sarah Dry [2003] did a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science. Her book The Newton Papers: The Strange and True Odyssey of Isaac Newton's Manuscripts is published this month by Oxford University Press. Read Sarah Dry's blog...

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Obesity in Africa

(0) Comments | Posted 13 June 2014 | (13:18)


*Georgina Murphy [2009] did a PhD in Public Health and Primary Healthcare at the University of Cambridge. This work was done as part of a collaboration between the University of Cambridge, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, and Medical Research Council/Uganda Virus Research...

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The Other Mass Mobilisation on D-Day

(0) Comments | Posted 6 June 2014 | (13:14)


*Victor Roy [2009] is a Gates Cambridge scholar as a PhD student in sociology and political economy at the University of Cambridge focusing on innovation policy. He is also an MD candidate at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine and is a...

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Saving for the Future in Canada's North West

(0) Comments | Posted 27 May 2014 | (16:02)


*Julia Fan Li [2008] is a Gates Cambridge Alumna. She was a 2013/2014 Action Canada Fellow and co-authored the report "A Question of Future Prosperity: Developing a Heritage Fund in the Northwest Territories". This report was tabled in the...

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Evolution Doesn't Make Life Meaningless

(1) Comments | Posted 23 May 2014 | (20:48)


*Mariel Williams [2013] is doing an MPhil in Human Evolutionary Studies. Picture credit: Kongsky and

Philosophy and science aren't often easy to mix. But because I study human evolution, calls for me to speculate on the subject are often unavoidable....

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The Multiple Challenges for Global Food Security

(0) Comments | Posted 30 April 2014 | (19:13)


*David Kurz [2013] is a Gates Cambridge Scholar and MPhil student in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge. He currently studies ecology and conservation in Sumatra and would love for you to email him at and follow...

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The Early Origins of the Military-Industrial Complex

(0) Comments | Posted 24 April 2014 | (17:43)


*Kate Epstein [2004] did an MPhil International Relations and is author of the recently published Torpedo: Inventing the Military-Industrial Complex in the United States and Great Britain. She is currently Assistant Professor of History Education at Rutgers University -...

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How Technology Is Transforming Opera

(0) Comments | Posted 17 April 2014 | (10:19)


*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 | (11:55)


*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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