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The Trust

The Trust’s Programme Team are here to support and help Scholars in all matters relating to their scholarship. If, after reading this page, you have any questions about your award or progress please email scholar.support@gatescambridge.org. If you are unsure when you should contact the Trust, please see the Contact section below.

Scholars’ Council

The Gates Cambridge Scholars’ Council is a body of current Scholars elected by Scholars which is fully funded by the Trust.  Through its Officers, the Council represents the interests and needs of current Scholars to the Trust and the Gates Cambridge Alumni Association.

The Scholars’ Council supports the aims of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship to create a network of responsible global leaders.  Drawing on the experiences and aspirations of the entire Gates Cambridge Community, the Council strives to enrich the academic, social and professional lives of all Scholars. The Council organises a number of events and activities during the year. Scholar’s Council elections are held in Michaelmas and Easter, with Officers’ terms running for 6 or 12 months (12 months for President/VP). Several positions are appointed with applications in Michaelmas for the Orientation Co-Directors and for the Editors of the Scholar and in Michaelmas/Easter for the LfP co-directors.

You can find further information about the Council (including contact details of each Officer listed below)

Ms Anwesha Lahiri

  • The President/Chair of the Scholars' Council oversees its activities and liaises with the Trust on behalf of Scholars. Contact the President at president@gatescouncil.org
Ms Anwesha Lahiri

Ms Anwesha Lahiri

  • The President/Chair of the Scholars' Council oversees its activities and liaises with the Trust on behalf of Scholars. Contact the President at president@gatescouncil.org

Born in a family of doctors in India, I grew up looking at the world through a lens of seasoned physicians battling to save lives in resource-poor settings. While the academic in me developed an insatiable curiosity about the biological mechanisms of diseases, the social activist in me realized that exploring drivers of diseases at a population level is important to solve global health problems. My graduate studies at IIT Bombay and University of Cambridge cemented this understanding; extensive field research and work experience with UNICEF impressed upon me the importance of translating research findings into actionable evidence. My PhD seeks to explore the nutritional, lifestyle and metabolic risk factors of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases in South Asians; integrating clinical knowledge, statistics and public health. South Asians, constituting a fourth of the global population, experience a disproportionately high burden of these diseases, aggravated by inequities in biological risk, behavioural factors and access to health services. Through my research I wish to comprehensively examine the importance of modifiable risk factors in mitigating cardiometabolic disease risks in this population and inform country-specific policies and disease prevention strategies.

Previous Education

University of Cambridge Epidemiology 2021
Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay Technology and Development 2019
West Bengal University of Technology Biotechnology 2017

Mr Michael Salka

  • Vice-President
  • The Vice President/Secretary works with the President to coordinate Council activities and to liaise with the Trust. Contact vice-president@gatescouncil.org
Mr Michael Salka

Mr Michael Salka

  • Vice-President
  • The Vice President/Secretary works with the President to coordinate Council activities and to liaise with the Trust. Contact vice-president@gatescouncil.org

In the southwest Rocky Mountains, my formative years were spent shaping, and shaped by, non-human nature. My architectural career proceeded to harness environmental forces through the planning, design and construction of communal rainwater catchment pavilions in Rwanda; solar/geo-thermal powered, net-zero energy neighborhoods and mixed-use urban infill projects in the USA; and prototypical, self-sufficient, digitally-fabricated engineered timber homes, greenhouses, public space interventions, and future 'Biocities' in Spain. Presently, my doctoral research investigates how geospatial data can inform nature-based value chains for development which catalyze the sustainable regional economies we’ll need to meet the demand for a worldwide doubling of built floor area by 2060 - while mitigating and adapting to global climate change by advancing carbon neutrality, resource security, biodiversity, and ecologic resilience alongside human health and wellbeing.

Previous Education

Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia Advanced Ecological Buildings 2019
University of Colorado at Boulder Env. Design: Architecture 2014

Links

https://valldaura.net
https://www.instagram.com/mnmnsalka
https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelsalka

Mr Brandon Mercado-Saavedra

  • Contact the Treasurer at treasurer@gatescouncil.org
Mr Brandon Mercado-Saavedra

Mr Brandon Mercado-Saavedra

  • Contact the Treasurer at treasurer@gatescouncil.org

I grew up in Santa Cruz, Bolivia and went to Universidad Autonoma Gabriel Rene Moreno where I received a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. During my time as an undergrad student, I developed an interest in improving the health system of my country by performing research in those diseases that mostly affect Bolivia. The following year, I became part of a training program in charge of Professor Robert H. Gilman from the Johns Hopkins University, who gave me the opportunity of doing a master degree in Epidemiological research at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia where I studied the development of the most important chronic manifestation of Chagas disease (cardiomyopathy). During my training, I also completed courses in Argentina, Chile, Peru and the United States, which later allowed me to present my work at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH). I was also awarded a fellowship in research at the Johns Hopkins University. At Cambridge, I will perform a PhD in Biochemistry studying the interaction of Toxoplasma gondii with the host cell under the supervision of Professor Ross Waller. Besides my academic work, I am interested in youth development for which I have been selected as a Bolivian Youth Ambassador, a program sponsored by the Department of State of the United States

Previous Education

Universidad Peruana Cayetano H Epidemiology and Research 2019
Universidad A Gabriel Rene M. Biochemistry 2017

Ms Mine Koprulu

  • Internal Officer
  • The Internal Officer organises Internal Symposia each term and the Annual Gates Weekend of Research
Ms Mine Koprulu

Ms Mine Koprulu

  • Internal Officer
  • The Internal Officer organises Internal Symposia each term and the Annual Gates Weekend of Research

I am a young geneticist who is ambitious about improving healthcare and stratified medicine. At the age of 16, I attended to United World Colleges of Atlantic, an institute with a mission to use education as a force to unite people, nations and cultures for world peace and sustainable future. While at UWC, academically I became interested in studying disease genetics due to its potential to improve the lives of others. Thus, I studied BSc Human Genetics at UCL, where I developed an interest on the genetic basis of complex diseases. Afterwards, I studied MPhil in Genomic Medicine at Cambridge University as a Gates Scholar. During my master's, I worked at Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute under Prof Zeggini's supervision on two complex disease bioinformatics projects where I worked with large datasets including UKBioBank. For my PhD, I will be studying the rare and low-frequency variants underlying diabetes using data from several biological levels under the supervision of Dr Langenberg. I am very intrigued about this project addressing the knowledge gap in complex disease genomics, given its potential to improve healthcare and stratified medicine. I am very excited to be a part of the influential Gates Cambridge community again.

Previous Education

University of Cambridge Genomic Medicine 2018
University College London Human Genetics 2017

Ms Reetika Subramanian

  • Community Officer
  • The Gates Community Officers are responsible for fostering an inclusive Gates Community. Contact the Gates Community Officer at community@gatescouncil.org
Ms Reetika Subramanian

Ms Reetika Subramanian

  • Community Officer
  • The Gates Community Officers are responsible for fostering an inclusive Gates Community. Contact the Gates Community Officer at community@gatescouncil.org

Early marriage and bridal trafficking in Rajasthan, sexual violence in Mumbai, female circumcision among Dawoodi Bohras: my experiences as a journalist and researcher have exposed me to diverse geographies, socio-economic realities and cultural prejudices that young women across India face. Home, however, is the place where I first found my bearings. As a survivor of domestic violence, my feminism got defined by my mother's everyday negotiations within the structures that cultivate and normalise the culture of silence. It drove me to challenge patriarchal notions of leadership and become sensitive to differences. Gender became a way of seeing the world. Backed by my rich field insights, multimedia skills and a feminist consciousness, I am excited to return to Cambridge to pursue my PhD as a Gates Cambridge scholar. My study straddles the areas of climate justice and gender equality. In India's historically drought-prone and caste-ridden Marathwada region, I seek to combine a multi-sited feminist ethnography with an informed interpretation of oral folk poetry, to understand the historical compulsions, lived experiences and gendered labour burdens of Dalit and Adivasi girls in a climate crisis. My fundamental interest in pursuing the project stems from my yearning to reconcile collaborative storytelling with pressing marginalised realities.

Previous Education

University of Cambridge Multi-disciplinary Gender Stud 2017
Tata Institute of Social Sciences Media and Cultural Studies 2015

Miss Mahlaqua Noor

  • Alumni Officer
  • The Alumni Officer works closely with the Gates Cambridge Alumni Association to connect the Scholar and Alumni communities.
Miss Mahlaqua Noor

Miss Mahlaqua Noor

  • Alumni Officer
  • The Alumni Officer works closely with the Gates Cambridge Alumni Association to connect the Scholar and Alumni communities.

I want to gain a deeper understanding of how viruses engage with its host (us) and the arsenals we deploy to strike back. I did my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Jacobs University in Germany. Early exposure to research and extensive mentoring from my professors motivated me to pursue both on-campus and international research opportunities. I designed polyelectrolyte microcapsules for T-cell staining at Jacobs University and studied the cytokine-mediated death of intestinal organoids to understand the pathogenesis of Crohn’s disease at NYU. For my thesis, I investigated the role of cathepsin K in the choroid plexus of mice brains. I also worked at a start-up company in Frankfurt conducting cognitive and neuroscience research. Simultaneously, I have explored my passions for science writing, education and health access, and community service. I served as an Assistant Editor in ‘The Journal of Young Investigators’ where I reviewed scientific manuscripts submitted by undergraduate researchers. I also served as the President of ‘Explore Bremen’, a student-initiated outreach club that mentors socio-economic disadvantaged and refugee kids. I am actively involved in science communication through blogging and graphic designing to help science reach a wider audience. At Cambridge, I am working in the lab of Dr. Mark Wills to investigate the modulation of Natural Killer (NK) cell responses by human cytomegalovirus (HCMV). Since HCMV infection can be fatal in immunocompromised patients, therapeutically targeting the viral reservoir via NK cells could have far-reaching clinical implications. I am incredibly honored and excited to be a part of the passionate and dynamic Gates Cambridge community.

Previous Education

Jacobs University Biochemistry and Cell Biology 2019

Ms Tanvi Rao

  • Social Officer
  • The Social Officers plan a variety of events in Cambridge and trips further afield throughout the year. Contact the Social Officers at social@gatescouncil.org
Ms Tanvi Rao

Ms Tanvi Rao

  • Social Officer
  • The Social Officers plan a variety of events in Cambridge and trips further afield throughout the year. Contact the Social Officers at social@gatescouncil.org

As an undergraduate studying Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech, I became fascinated with medical imaging during internships and research focused on minimally invasive device design for radiology procedures. In my post-graduate work as a consultant, I sought to create impact through healthcare innovation but realized that subconscious bias in tactical solution design often excludes patients with the greatest need. We witnessed this during the COVID-19 crisis as those unable to access or afford care suffered disproportionately.While innovation is key to society’s well-being and progress, I believe we are also obligated to ensure that it reaches those who need it most. Through my PhD research in radiogenomics, an emerging field that combines medical imaging with genomic data, I seek to develop imaging biomarkers and predictive models for liver cancer. Ultimately, this research aims to improve access to care and reduce the resource burden on health professionals by creating tools that enhance diagnostics, enable remote assessment, and improve precision care for an under-funded yet deadly cancer. My research is supervised by Dr. Evis Sala in the Radiogenomics and Quantitative Imaging Group within the Department of Radiology.

Previous Education

Georgia Institute of Technology Biomedical Engineering 2018

Ms Nikita Jha

  • Outreach Officer
  • The Outreach Officer facilitates the scholar community's engagement with alumni, the wider Cambridge network, the public, and potential new applicants. Contact the Outreach Officer at outreach@gatescouncil.org
Ms Nikita Jha

Ms Nikita Jha

  • Outreach Officer
  • The Outreach Officer facilitates the scholar community's engagement with alumni, the wider Cambridge network, the public, and potential new applicants. Contact the Outreach Officer at outreach@gatescouncil.org

I have always had a fascination for how ‘education’ is designed. But it was an unlikely success story from North India that brought this diffused interest into sharp focus in the form of child-centric education. The story was that of an NGO running non-formal (alternative) schools for children living in slums. Every year, its makeshift schoolrooms would see child labourers become advocates for completion of schooling, the ‘reverse-education’ of illiterate parents through their children, and students outperforming their peers upon entering formal (mainstream) schools. The principle at the heart of this NGO: child-centricity.Across the country are many such scattered initiatives solving globally-prioritised problems of access, retention, and quality that nations have grappled with for decades. Studying similar efforts so as to identify patterns in their success could reveal how schools may be better designed to serve children from low-income families, with the particularities of their needs and circumstances.My PhD research will compare how non-formal and formal schools empower such children, identifying the factors that influence their academic, social, and economic agency. Holding potential solutions to the policy-practice gap in India and wider developing contexts, this research will be a step towards my hope of helping to pave the way to more child-centric, context-sensitive education systems that better serve all by serving those most at risk.

Previous Education

University of Cambridge Education (EGID) 2020
The University of Edinburgh Social Policy (with SPS) 2019

Olin Moctezuma-Burns

  • Communications Officer
  • The Communications Officer is the conduit for assembling and distributing information to and about the Scholar community
Olin Moctezuma-Burns

Olin Moctezuma-Burns

  • Communications Officer
  • The Communications Officer is the conduit for assembling and distributing information to and about the Scholar community

My research examines kitchen archives from the early modern period into the digital age in England and Mexico. Melding together past and present, I will bring together the perspectives and practices of families and collaborative authors, dealers, archivists, scholars, and members of the public to inquire into the impulse to create, preserve, and use repositories of informal, everyday knowledge and the losses and silences along the way.

I am currently PI of an Imagining Futures Phase 2 comissioned proyect that provides the tools and resources for the residents of Sotuta, Yucatan to build a transmedia archive of their #foodways. Making the archive in their day-to-day will be a way to experience the present with a consciousness of its ties to the past. It will also be central in bringing out how they can shape the future as they battle predatory food and tourism industries.

Previous Education

University College London Early Modern Studies 2019
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico English Language and lit. 2017

Mr Stanley Onyemechalu

  • Gates Community Officer
  • The Gates Community Officers are responsible for fostering an inclusive Gates Community. Contact the Gates Community Officer at community@gatescouncil.org
Mr Stanley Onyemechalu

Mr Stanley Onyemechalu

  • Gates Community Officer
  • The Gates Community Officers are responsible for fostering an inclusive Gates Community. Contact the Gates Community Officer at community@gatescouncil.org

Growing up in south-eastern Nigeria, a recurring phrase among elderly Igbo people in the region is, “before the War…”, followed by narratives of how things used to be and how things could have been. This piqued my interest in cultural heritage and how they are impacted by tragedies and conflicts. During my B.A. at the University of Nigeria, I studied how prolonged interregnal periods in certain Igbo communities, occasioned by succession difficulties after the death of a king, could impact cultural continuity. Now, I will be exploring the destructive and generative impacts of Nigeria’s 30-month Civil war, remembered as the “Biafran War”, on the cultural identity and patrimony of the Igbo people. At Cambridge, my PhD research will focus more explicitly on the complex interaction of conflict and intangible heritage and the dissonances in memorialisation, canonisation, representation and silencing. I hope to further our understanding of the uses of heritage during conflicts and to help post-conflict communities to develop comprehensive approaches to their heritage in order to inform policies for dealing with the legacies of difficult pasts. I am thrilled to belong to the Gates community and I look forward to an impactful partnership.

Previous Education

University of Nigeria Cultural Resources Management 2020
University of Nigeria Archaeology and Tourism 2016

Ms Barbara Neto-Bradley

  • Technology Officer
  • The Technology Officers are responsible for maintaining the electronic hardware and software in the Scholars' Common Room. Email: tech@gatescouncil.org
Ms Barbara Neto-Bradley

Ms Barbara Neto-Bradley

  • Technology Officer
  • The Technology Officers are responsible for maintaining the electronic hardware and software in the Scholars' Common Room. Email: tech@gatescouncil.org

I grew up in Portugal, before moving to Vancouver, Canada for university. At the University of British Columbia I discovered a love of plants. I was drawn into research thanks to a work-learn position at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum’s Herbarium, followed by a MSc in Botany. It was here that I learned how to time travel. For shallow timescales, I used natural history specimens to learn about plant responses to climate change. On deeper timescales, I studied the macroevolutionary patterns of plant photosynthesis. In tandem, I served on the board of a student-run food co-operative where I learned about and contributed to a collaborative effort to reduce on-campus food insecurity by facilitating access to nutritious and sustainably grown foods. These experiences have highlighted for me, the interconnectedness of topics surrounding plant ecology, evolution and conservation with food and agriculture. During my PhD I hope to delve into understanding tropical oak species from an interdisciplinary perspective that draws on all of these aspects.

Previous Education

University of British Columbia Botany 2020
University of British Columbia Biology 2018

Mr Juan Rueda Silva

  • Technology Officer
  • The Technology Officers are responsible for maintaining the electronic hardware and software in the Scholars' Common Room. Email: tech@gatescouncil.org
Mr Juan Rueda Silva

Mr Juan Rueda Silva

  • Technology Officer
  • The Technology Officers are responsible for maintaining the electronic hardware and software in the Scholars' Common Room. Email: tech@gatescouncil.org

I became passionate about biological systems and epigenetic regulation while I was studying my B.Sc. in Biotechnology Engineering at Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey – Campus Estado de Mexico, but also intricated with the complexities of these systems. I am convinced that they hold the key for treating diseases with clinical unmet needs, as such during my undergraduate program I conducted research related with RNA biology and gene silencing. During my PhD in genetics at Cambridge I will work on conducting research on RNA epigenetics and posttranscriptional gene regulation, as I strongly believe that these areas of research will allow us to gain a better understanding of the functioning of biological systems and to search for potential treatments for diseases, such as Cancer. I am very proud and excited to be a part of the Gates Cambridge Community, a community of scholars who believe in the power of knowledge for transforming societies.

Previous Education

Inst Tecnológico de Monterrey Estado de Mexico Biotechnology Engineering 2020

Ms Zsuzsanna Ihar

  • Learning for Purpose Co-Director
  • Learning for purpose officers lead and organise a curriculum and series of workshops aimed at skills development for scholars. Contact at learningforpurpose@gatescouncil.org
Ms Zsuzsanna Ihar

Ms Zsuzsanna Ihar

  • Learning for Purpose Co-Director
  • Learning for purpose officers lead and organise a curriculum and series of workshops aimed at skills development for scholars. Contact at learningforpurpose@gatescouncil.org

Growing up on one of the most fertile river islands in Europe, surrounded by industrial-scale farms and greenhouses, I had the chance to witness the workings of the commercial agro-food sector firsthand. It seems everyone around me was incorporated within the agricultural apparatus in some shape or form. Childhood friends grew imported seedlings in high-tech hothouses; cousins gained employment as seasonal labourers; whilst older relatives regaled stories of unified agricultural cooperatives and lamented the loss of collective farms. Hearing these stories, it soon became apparent that any account of agricultural history or theory entailed noticing material relations and affective encounters - drawing humans, machinery, crops, chemicals, and animal beings into a complex fold. This observation led me to study both plant pathology and immunology in tandem with sociology and cultural studies, granting an intimate view into scientific knowledge production. During my PhD, I hope to examine the biopolitics of historical and contemporary seed banking initiatives, with special emphasis on patent laws and ownership structures surrounding wild landrace varieties. Additionally, I am also interested in anti-capitalist, non-institutional, and insurgent forms of agroscience. I am grateful to be a part of the Gates program and its interdisciplinary community of scholars.

Previous Education

University of Sydney Environmental Sociology 2020
University of Sydney Sociology, Cultural Studies 2017
University of Sydney Faculty Scholars Program 2017

Links

https://www.linkedin.com/in/zsuzsannaihar

Ms Charikleia Triantafyllidou

  • Editor-in-Chief of The Scholar magazine
  • The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the production of the annual The Scholar magazine. Email: eic@gatescouncil.org
Ms Charikleia Triantafyllidou

Ms Charikleia Triantafyllidou

  • Editor-in-Chief of The Scholar magazine
  • The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the production of the annual The Scholar magazine. Email: eic@gatescouncil.org

The goal of my PhD research is to explore prosody (stress, rhythm, intonation) and socioeconomic status as factors influencing the development of reading abilities, and I am particularly interested in silent reading (implicit prosody). During my undergraduate studies in English Language and Literature at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, I was exposed to aspects of first and second language acquisition, and as an Erasmus+ student at the University of Edinburgh, I became increasingly interested in language processing and psycholinguistics. During my MPhil in Applied Linguistics at Trinity College Dublin, I focused on dyslexia, prosodic processing, and Computer-Assisted Language Learning. By investigating reading abilities among typically developing readers, my aim is to shed light on the role of prosodic processing and production in reading comprehension, to unveil the impact of hidden socioeconomic inequalities on literacy acquisition, and to investigate the extent to which reading difficulties remain undiagnosed. This research will aid in the diagnosis and the development of accommodations for reading difficulties and a more thorough understanding of how these difficulties can go undetected by educators.

Previous Education

University of Dublin Trinity College Applied Linguistics 2020
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki English Language & Literature 2018

Links

https://linktr.ee/ct620
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ct620

Mr Facundo Rodriguez

  • Deputy Editor-in-Chief of The Scholar magazine
  • The DEIC supports the EIC in the production of The Scholar magazine. Email: deic@gatescouncil.org
Mr Facundo Rodriguez

Mr Facundo Rodriguez

  • Deputy Editor-in-Chief of The Scholar magazine
  • The DEIC supports the EIC in the production of The Scholar magazine. Email: deic@gatescouncil.org

I grew up in the beautiful city of Pilar in Argentina but left to pursue a BSc Politics and Philosophy at LSE. As an undergraduate, I became particularly intrigued by questions regarding the nature of goodness and evil and dedicated my dissertation to the (apparent) incompatibility between the existence of God and the evil in our world. During my MSc Political Theory at LSE, I continued to inquire into the intricate nature of moral properties and their normativity through the close study of Kant, Hobbes, Marx and Aristotle. I ultimately came to think that the normativity of ethics might not spring from rationality but from requirements of interpersonal relations. With this in mind, I devoted my MPhil Philosophy research at Cambridge to uncovering what love and friendship are all about. I will continue this study in my PhD by asking whether acting ethically is a necessary presupposition of acting with someone. I hope my project will offer a framework to understand not only the source of the normativity of moral demands but also the moral dimension of our personal and political relations with each other. I am humbled to join the Gates Cambridge community and look forward to working with such a talented group of scholars.

Previous Education

University of Cambridge Philosophy 2021
London School of Economics & Political Science (Un Political theory 2020
London School of Economics & Political Science (Un Politics and Philosophy 2019

Links

https://www.linkedin.com/in/frodriguezx2
https://facundorodriguez.site

Ms Adaiah Hudgins-Lopez

  • Assistant Editor of The Scholar magazine
  • The Assistant Editor is part of a three-person team which produces The Scholar magazine. Email: ae@gatescouncil.org
Ms Adaiah Hudgins-Lopez

Ms Adaiah Hudgins-Lopez

  • Assistant Editor of The Scholar magazine
  • The Assistant Editor is part of a three-person team which produces The Scholar magazine. Email: ae@gatescouncil.org

I am from Detroit, Michigan and spent my teenage years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During my studies in Anthropology and English at Bowdoin College, I explored how humans express differences in their lived experiences to each other. I was a recipient of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, through which I studied how storytelling can facilitate communication across differences in the context of school district community engagement. My professional experiences after Bowdoin solidified and honed my commitment to serving people while introducing me to the intersections of law, community engagement, and the American immigration system. During my PhD in Social Anthropology, I will build on my MPhil research and continue learning about the relationship between legal systems and immigrant communities in Detroit (USA) and Windsor (Canada). By researching immigration law, legal consciousness, and how undocumented immigrants form collective identity, I hope to elevate immigrant voices and promote the autonomy of immigrant communities. I am honoured to be a part of the Gates Cambridge community, where we all strive to learn how to serve people better.

Previous Education

University of Cambridge Social Anthropology 2022
Bowdoin College Anthropology, English 2018

Mr Nicholas Goldrosen

  • Orientation Co-Director
  • The Orientation officers organise the new Scholar orientation activities. Contact Orientation at orientation@gatescouncil.org
Mr Nicholas Goldrosen

Mr Nicholas Goldrosen

  • Orientation Co-Director
  • The Orientation officers organise the new Scholar orientation activities. Contact Orientation at orientation@gatescouncil.org

My research uses network analysis and other quantitative methods to study police misconduct and related phenomena. In particular, I am interested in developing methods to identify both misconduct-prone officers and officers who are resilient to negative peer influences. Additionally, my research examines how sanctions for misconduct and other official responses affect future misconduct. My other research interests include progressive prosecution and the intersections of local government law and criminal justice reform.

Previous Education

University of Cambridge Criminological Research 2021
Williams College Political Science and Math 2020

Miss Yasemin Cole

  • Orientation Communications Coordinator
Miss Yasemin Cole

Miss Yasemin Cole

  • Orientation Communications Coordinator

As an undergraduate researcher at UNC at Chapel Hill and NIH, I gained a broad understanding of biological mechanisms underlying disease, especially cancer. My experiences while designing an undergraduate course, research work, and clinical volunteering sparked my interest in genomics and precision medicine. My coursework and clinical experiences during my master's in genomic medicine at Imperial College London demonstrated to me the potential of precision medicine to revolutionize healthcare. As an MD/PhD student, I will study the genomic landscape of paragangliomas, pheochromocytomas, and gastrointestinal stromal tumors at the NIH and the University of Cambridge. Through metabolic, epigenetic, and functional genomic studies, I hope to elucidate the biological underpinnings of these devastating neuroendocrine tumors, leading to advancements in prognostication and treatment. Outside the lab, I will continue my involvement in scientific outreach/education and refugee health. I am honored to be part of the multidisciplinary and collaborative Gates Cambridge community seeking to improve global society. As a future physician-scientist, I aspire to translate scientific advancements into precision medicine diagnostics and therapeutics.

Previous Education

University of North Carolina Medicine 2026
Imperial College London (University of London) Genomic Medicine 2017
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Biology 2016

Mr Henry Taylor

  • Orientation Co-Director
  • The Orientation officers lead and organise the new Scholar orientation activities. Contact the Orientation Committee at orientation@gatescouncil.org
Mr Henry Taylor

Mr Henry Taylor

  • Orientation Co-Director
  • The Orientation officers lead and organise the new Scholar orientation activities. Contact the Orientation Committee at orientation@gatescouncil.org

As an undergraduate at Duke University, I developed a keen interest in utilizing computational models to investigate the underlying mechanisms of human disease. I resolved to concentrate my career on connecting biology, mathematics, and computer science, with a focus on applications to human health. Shortly after graduating from Duke with a BSc in Computational Biology, I joined the laboratory of Dr. Francis Collins at the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH), where I studied the molecular underpinnings of diabetes using genetic and genomic techniques. While at the NIH, I became acutely aware of the health inequities that persist worldwide, and I pursued training to prepare myself for a career focused on addressing systemic health inequities. During my doctoral training at Cambridge, I plan to combine my interests in human disease and health inequities to study the genetic basis of type 2 diabetes (T2D) across diverse ancestries. It is my hope that my doctoral research will enhance the treatment and prevention of T2D for all people. I am immensely grateful and humbled to join the Gates Cambridge community, and I look forward to learning from the other scholars across diverse disciplines.

Previous Education

Duke University Computational Biology 2018

Alumni Association

All Scholars automatically become members of the Gates Cambridge Alumni Association (GCAA) at the end of their award.  The GCAA Board (whose work is funded by the Trust) aims to build a global network of alumni dedicated to improving the lives of others, to promote the Gates Cambridge Scholarship and to engage alumni through the exchange of knowledge, academic ideas and professional development.

You can find out more information on the Alumni page.

Arrival & settling in

Arrival

For information about getting to Cambridge from your arrival point in the UK the Visit Cambridge website.

To get your bearings once in Cambridge see the University’s map of Cambridge.

New Scholar Induction & Orientation

During the week before term starts, you will join Gates Cambridge’s one day Induction programme in Cambridge and a four-day Orientation in the Peak District. Both are fully funded by the Trust and delivered by the Scholars’ Council. New Scholars have consistently reported that Orientation was a highlight of the entire year and that the friendships they made lasted through the rest of the year. All Scholars are expected to attend Induction and Orientation is highly recommended. However, if you are not able to attend you should let the Scholars’ Council know and they will ensure you are provided with key information from Induction. The Scholars Council will send details of Induction and Orientation to new Scholars by email at the relevant time.

NOTE: if attending Orientation you should contact your College to arrange for your accommodation to be available earlier than normal.

An induction for Scholar’s family members will take place at the same time as the induction for Scholars. Information is shared via email prior to your arrival in Cambridge.

Welcome dinner

In late September, shortly after Scholars return from Orientation, the Trust holds a formal dinner to welcome the new class of Scholars. The Trust will send out details well in advance.

Settling in

Your first few weeks in Cambridge will be busy and may feel a little disorienting, but there are a range of activities and support mechanisms to help you settle in to life here.

The beginning of Michaelmas Term in Cambridge is often extremely busy as thousands of new students arrive, Colleges hold various events, societies and sports teams gear up, and degrees, classes, and courses get into full swing. You may feel overwhelmed and worry that you’ll never have any time to get work done—don’t worry, this is a very common feeling in these early days — relax and enjoy it. The University calendar does settle down considerably after October.

Funding your first week in Cambridge

The maintenance allowance will be paid to Scholars during the first week of term and it is hoped that the majority of new Scholars will be able to support themselves until funds are available in their bank accounts.

Advance funding of up to £100 will be made available to any Scholars who have no other funds with which to sustain themselves between arrival in Cambridge and maintenance being paid into thier bank account. Application for and collection of advance funding can be arranged by emailing scholar.support@gatescambridge.org but as previously stated, the Trust will only consider applications where no other personal funds are available. Please note that your first term of maintenance allowance will be reduced by the amount of advance funding you receive.

College accommodation deposit

Some Colleges request a deposit, payable before your arrival in Cambridge, to guarantee your accommodation. The Trust is not able to pay this deposit on your behalf. However, if you let your College Accommodation Officer know you are a Gates Cambridge Scholar they may be able to add the deposit onto your first College bill which is usually due for payment after you have received your first maintenance grant from the Trust. However, please note the Trust has no authority in this area and some Colleges may still require an advance payment.

University and College events & information

You can find full details about advice and activities for new students on the Cambridge Students website and through your College website and Porter’s Lodge.

Core funding

Your Gates Cambridge Scholarship includes the following core components:

  • Tuition Fee
  • Maintenance allowance (£18,744 for 12 months at the 2022–23 rate; pro rata for courses shorter than 12 months)
  • One economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of your course (or a return ticket for courses shorter than 11 months)
  • Visa costs, which also include the annual  Immigration Health Surcharge for the tenure of your visa
  • Covid testing costs for UK arrivals

Tuition Fee

The University Composition Fee is the approved tuition fee for the degree and subject you will undertake at Cambridge. The University Composition Fee is paid directly to your College which forwards it on to the University. The Trust expects this fee to cover all of the costs related to your course within your department (e.g. Supervisor, fieldwork costs, equipment, departmental administrative support, lab space etc.).

Please note: the University Composition Fee also covers your College membership fee but it does not cover your accommodation, meals and similar – you will need to pay for these using your maintenance allowance.

The University Composition Fee is paid by the Trust directly to your College each year. You do not need to be involved with this process; your College is aware of your status as a Gates Cambridge Scholar and should not contact you for payment.

Maintenance Allowance

Maintenance payments are made at the start of each academic quarter (October, January, April and – if appropriate – July) and paid into your nominated bank account. You will be contacted by the Programme team via e-mail with regards to collection times and location.

You will be required to sign-in with the Trust at the end of each quarter before your maintenance is paid.  Details of how to sign-in will be provided by the Programme Team via e-mail.

Fourth year maintenance (PhD Scholars)

If you are a PhD Scholar, your award provides up to four years of maintenance. If you require maintenance during some or all of the fourth year of your PhD you simply need to request this in the third year of your award by completing the Fourth Year Funding form. Full instructions and deadlines and are available on the first page of the form.

Visa costs

Your scholarship includes the cost of a visa, should you require one, at the standard rate (including the Immigration Health Surcharge).  Full details are available in the next section.

Travel

As part of your scholarship you are eligible for a single economy airfare at both the beginning and end of your course (or a return ticket for courses shorter than 11 months).   Full detail are in the next section.

COVID testing 

The Trust will cover up to specific amount for COVID testing for UK arrivals . Full details are in the next section.

Travel, visas and COVID testing

Visa costs

Your scholarship includes the cost of a visa, should you require one, at the standard rate (including the Immigration Health Surcharge).  Full details are available on the Scholar-elect page.

Travel

As part of your scholarship you are eligible for a single economy airfare from the UK to your normal place of residence (home).   If at the end of your course you are leaving Cambridge but not going to your normal place of residence (home), we will cover whichever is the cheapest fare of the two.

We expect that flights ‘home’ to be scheduled close to your official leaving time – i.e. if you finish your Scholarship in September but decide to stay in the UK until Christmas, we expect to receive an itinerary for September and not for Christmas (which has inflated holiday prices). Scholars who choose to travel at peak holiday times, or who do not plan ahead, may be asked to pay the difference between a standard, economy airfare and the peak time inflated price.

Travel booking option 1 (preferred)

The Trust is pleased to announce Clarity Travel as our new travel agent.  We will be working with Clarity Travel to arrange a quick and easy way for you to book travel without having to make any payments** – Clarity Travel will book the ticket and invoice the Trust directly (as per our previous travel agent agreement).

Please complete the Clarity travel form for students with your passport details and the details of your journey and email to Clarity Travel who will then work with you to find a suitable ticket. Please note that Clarity Travel business hours are Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.30pm.

Once your travel option is agreed, Clarity Travel will contact the Trust for authorisation to book and invoice the Trust.

Your e-ticket will then be issued directly to you. If you wish, you can also download the Go2Mobile guide to manage your ticket on your mobile phone and to receive travel alerts.

Please note that your scholarship does not provide insurance for your travel or to cover your personal belongings. As soon as your travel arrangements are confirmed, we ask that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy in case of any travel delays, loss or damage to your possessions or changes to your plans (particularly in light of the current coronavirus situation).

**Clarity Travel is required to find the best value fares for the Trust.  If you wish to book an alternative ticket or would like to add any extras, such as extra baggage, Clarity Travel will invoice the Trust for the standard ticket cost and you will need to pay the extra amount directly.

Travel booking option 2

It may be more convenient for some scholars to book their own travel (e.g. those travelling with family – although please note the Trust does not cover travel costs for family members) and then be reimbursed by the Trust.

Before confirming or paying for your flight, please submit the Flight Authorisation Form below with your proposed flight details to check that the Trust will be able to reimburse the travel costs that you will incur.  The Trust will then need to review and approve your proposed flight option. Once approved, you can book and pay for the flight. You will then need to submit a reimbursement form with supporting receipts for the Trust to reimburse you the agreed costs by bank transfer.

Scholars should use a flight comparison website, such as Skyskanner, to investigate the best value travel options available to them. In some cases it may be more appropriate for you to travel by bus or train and if so, please still use the Flight Authorisation Form to check your travel plans with the Trust.

The Trust requests that you are flexible with your choice of route, airline, departure date and departure/arrival airport where possible in order to source a competitively priced ticket.  This information should be evidenced to the Trust in the three journey quotes that you provide in the Flight Authorisation Form.

For example, when travelling to Cambridge you may have the choice of multiple London airports, such as London Stansted, London Heathrow or London Gatwick.  Also, by using the calendar function on travel websites you can view which days are cheaper to travel, it may make a significant difference to your ticket price if you depart a day or two earlier (or later). All savings allow the Trust to make the most effective use of its funds for the benefit of all scholars it supports.

The Trust will cover the cost of one checked bag, if it is not included with your travel ticket, but it does not pay for any further bags or excess luggage costs.

Once you have researched your travel options, please complete the Flight Authorisation Form and submit to our dedicated travel email address – scholar.support@gatescambridge.org to request permission from the Trust to book your journey.

Flight authorisation form

A note on insurance – your Gates Cambridge Scholarship does not provide insurance for your travel or to cover your personal belongings.  As soon as your travel arrangements are confirmed, we ask that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy in case of any travel delays, loss or damage to your possessions or changes to your plans (particularly in light of the current coronavirus situation).

If you are required to use a country specific, government scheme to travel (such as specific repatriation flights), you may apply for a reimbursement of your travel costs using the form below.

Reimbursement form instructions

Reimbursement form

Covid testing costs for UK arrivals

The Trust understands that new and current scholars coming from Green and Amber list countries are required to book and take either one or two Covid tests (depending on their vaccination status) on arrival in the UK –https://www.internationalstudents.cam.ac.uk/travelling-to-uk

The UK government has a number of approved test providers that will allow you to self-test but the prices vary considerably.  As such, the Trust has set a maximum reimbursement for this Covid testing as follows:

Day 2 & 8 testing – reimburse up to £100
Day 2 testing only – reimburse up to £50

The Trust will not reimburse any “Test to release” on Day 5 costs as this is an optional test. Scholars may book this if they wish with their own personal funds.

Scholars arriving from Red list countries will automatically receive Day 2 & Day 8 tests as part of their hotel quarantine package and do not need to purchase any extra tests.

Discretionary funding

Overview

Scholars may apply for the discretionary funding listed below which is in addition to the core funding set out in the formal offer letter and which requires an application to be submitted.

  • Academic development funding to attend activities such as conferences and courses related to your studies
  • Family allowance (for children under 16 yrs of age [or 18 yrs of age if in full-time education], not partners) should you bring your family with you to Cambridge
  • Maternity/Paternity funding – should you or your partner become pregnant during your time at Cambridge
  • Hardship funding – for unforeseen difficulties

Full details on each type of discretionary funding is provided below, including application forms.

When considering applying for any discretionary funding, firstly please investigate what funding is available.  You must apply to all sources of funding that are available to you – usually your Department and College and in some cases the Student Registry, University societies or external sources.  You should not assume the Trust is the first or only port of call for additional funding.

If any discretionary funding granted from the Trust is unspent you must return this to the Trust.  Please ensure you apply in good time. The Trust does not consider retrospective applications.

The Trust’s policies on additional funding will be reviewed regularly and the Trust reserves the right to amend or alter its policies at any time. The Trust reviews applications for discretionary funding on a case-by-case basis and retains final discretion over whether funding is awarded.

What the Trust does not fund

The Trust will not consider applications for:

  • fieldwork related costs
  • private medical treatment
  • internships
  • purchasing course or conference related items such as posters, textbooks or lab materials
  • thesis printing & binding (all scholars have a printing allowance usable in the Scholars Common Room)

The above costs should either be covered by the course fees paid on your behalf, or purchased from your maintenance allowance.

 

Academic Development Funding

Academic Development funding is intended to support activities such as attendance at conferences or courses related to your studies, which are additional to those that should be covered by the University fee paid by the Trust. Any application which funds a key component of your course will not be considered as these should be covered by the fees paid by the Trust to the University on your behalf.

Academic Development funding is offered at the following rates:

  • One-year degree: up to £500
  • Two-year degree: up to £1,250
  • Three-year degree or longer: up to £2,000

Please note that (a) you can only apply for a maximum of £500 in the probationary first year of your PhD and (b) the above are not allowances, but the maximum amounts you may apply for.

Funding can be applied for one or more times during the formal tenure of your course. For PhD students: Academic Development activities may not be applied for during a period of writing up (4th year), however you may attend an activity during your period of writing up if you apply to attend and register for the event whilst in your third year.

When applying for funding you will need to include a statement of support from your Supervisor or course tutor as part of the application form. There is no limit to the number of applications for Academic Development funding you can make, however the Trust will only fund activities that are undertaken while you are a student (i.e. before your course end date) and relevant to your course. The Trust retains final discretion over whether an activity will be supported.

You may not use Academic Development funds to purchase physical items (e.g. posters, books, laptops, cameras etc.).  Funds can also not be used to pay for unofficial suppliers/unregulated suppliers such as a friend providing you with accommodation during a conference, Air B&B bookings or transport provided by unregulated providers such as a friend driving you or Uber.

You should apply for Academic Development Funding at least a month in advance of the event and where possible, provide supporting documentation to evidence the expected costs.

**Updated Policy during Coronavirus Pandemic** – During the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the Trust will consider Academic Development Funding requests from scholars in their 4th year (not 5th year) who were unable to attend a conference last academic year because it was cancelled. Requests will be subject to the usual case-by-case review and subject to legitimate reasons and supporting evidence etc. There must be a genuine academic reason to attend the event for the benefit of PhD completion, not just to enhance personal skills.

Also, Academic Development Funding will be exceptionally allowed to contribute towards the cost of a laptop or software if a scholar is not able to work/study effectively without it.  The Trust will consider applications to contribute 50% of the cost, up to a MAXIMUM of £500.  This will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and subject to legitimate reasons and supporting evidence.  Funds cannot be used to upgrade a functioning laptop.

Please note this is a temporary agreement and the Trust has the right to end this scheme at any time.

Apply for Academic Development Funding

Family Allowance

If you wish to bring dependants (e.g. your spouse, partner and/or children) with you to Cambridge you will need to obtain prior permission from the Graduate Admissions Office and will be asked to prove you can cover their costs.

You can also apply to the Trust to help with the cost of supporting your child/children living with you in Cambridge through the Family Allowance Fund.  To be eligible, your child/children must be under 16 yrs of age [or 18 yrs of age if in full-time education]. The Trust provides Family Allowance at the following rates:

  • One child: £10,944, per annum
  • Two or more children: £15,612 per annum

These payments are significantly more generous than the University’s suggested funding guidelines for families and will therefore allow you to meet your financial offer condition with your total income. They are also maximum allowances and based on Scholars and their child/children residing in Cambridge. Scholars who go on fieldwork/LTWA or decide to write up their PhD thesis outside Cambridge with their children should contact the Trust about their plans well in advance; such applications are considered on a case by case basis and if awarded, different rates from the above may apply. The Trust reviews applications for all discretionary funding on a case by case basis and retains final discretion over whether funding is awarded.

Please note that the Trust does not provide any financial support for partners.

Apply for Family Allowance

Maternity/paternity Allowance

If you or your partner become pregnant during your time at Cambridge you may apply to the University formally to intermit your studies on non-medical grounds – see Intermission for Graduate students for full details.

If you are granted intermission by the University for maternity/paternity leave you may also apply to the Trust for a Maternity/Paternity Allowance. If this allowance is granted the Trust will continue to pay your maintenance allowance at the appropriate* rate for up to 2 quarters and will “suspend” your Scholarship until you return to your studies and extend your award finish date to reflect the Maternity/Paternity leave taken.

*Maternity/Paternity payments are made quarterly at the Trust’s standard maintenance rate if the Scholar and their partner remain in residence in Cambridge during the period of intermission.  In some cases the Trust may adjust the payment rate (e.g. if the Scholar and their partner reside outside Cambridge during the period of intermission). The Trust reviews applications for all discretionary funding on a case by case basis and retains final discretion over whether funding is awarded.

Please note: if you are a Tier 4 sponsored student intermitting your studies may have implications for your visa status. The Trust has been advised by the University’s International Student Team that Tier 4 visa holders can intermit for up to 4 months without affecting their existing visa; intermitting beyond 4 months will likely invalidate your current visa (in such circumstances the Trust will not cover the cost of a new visa).  For full, up to date information you are strongly advised to read the Student Registry’s web page regarding Intermission for Graduate students.

If you are on a one or two year programme of study there may be restrictions to the number of terms of intermission that can be applied for.

You are advised to first contact the Student Registry to ask for advice on intermitting for the purposes of maternity/paternity leave before completing this application form. The Trust will follow the University’s Maternity/Paternity policy.

Apply for Maternity/Paternity Funding

Fieldwork and Leave to Work Away

Applications for Fieldwork Funding are considered by Schools or departments. For further information please read the Student Registry’s web page for Graduate Students.

The Trust will continue to pay your fees whilst you are away on fieldwork so you are not eligible to apply to the Trust for additional fieldwork funding. However, you may apply to the Trust to continue to receive maintenance during your period of fieldwork (although this may be reduced if cost of living is significantly lower where your leave takes place or you will be receiving another source of income). In addition to the application for fieldwork to the University, you must also make an application to the Trust to seek permission to (a) leave Cambridge for the purpose of fieldwork and (b) to retain your maintenance allowance while away from Cambridge – this must include strong support from your Supervisor. The Trust will only provide the additional fieldwork funding above (i.e. fees and potentially maintenance) if you gain permission from the Student Registry for Leave to Work Away (LTWA). You should make all of the necessary advance arrangements for fieldwork in advance, including taking our travel insurance with the University.

You should apply to the University to work away 2-3 months before you plan to leave Cambridge, to allow time for your application to be reviewed. You should apply to the Trust for continued funding at a similar time and at least 6 weeks in advance of your planned departure date. The Trust reviews applications for all discretionary funding on a case by case basis and retains final discretion over whether funding is awarded.

Inform the Trust about your Leave to Work Away plans

Hardship

In the event that you should require additional funding for an unexpected or emergency situation, you should submit an application to the Hardship Fund. These applications are dealt with sympathetically and on a case by case basis.

Please note: the Trust is unable to provide funding for private medical treatment as all Scholars are covered for National Health Service treatment through the Immigration Health Surcharge already paid on your behalf by the Trust during your visa application process.  However, you may be able to seek assistance with medical costs through your College with an application to the Crane’s Charity.

The Trust reviews all applications for discretionary funding individually and reserves the right to request supporting evidence for an application.  Scholars should not assume that the Trust can always assist them and must therefore seek pre-approval before incurring any costs that they cannot cover.  The Trust retains final discretion over whether funding is awarded and the total amount.

Apply for Hardship Funding

Budgeting

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship is very generous and compares favourably against other major funding in the UK. But it is important that you budget properly during your time at Cambridge to ensure you get the most out of your experience – and avoid financial difficulties.

The Trust and Scholars’ Council have worked together to created a budgeting guide, which we strongly recommend you read.

Policies & regulations

Academic Progress

First and foremost, the Trust expects Scholars to fully dedicate themselves to their study and research while at Cambridge so as to successfully complete their degrees. As a Gates Cambridge Scholar, you have been nominated by your Cambridge department as one of their very best applicants to the University.

Your Supervisor/Course Director must complete a termly report about your academic progress for the University via CamSIS, the University’s student system. You can access these reports via your CamSIS self-service page and should read them.

In addition Scholars and their Supervisors must complete the Gates Cambridge annual report form during Easter Term each year. This is an on-line form completed by you and your Supervisor and used to track the progress of our Scholars. You will not receive your next quarterly maintenance payment until your annual report has been received. If your annual report suggests there is a cause for concern the Trust arrange for you and your Supervisor to submit quarterly progress reports. While your progress is under review, maintenance payments will only be issued where there is a demonstration of improved performance.

Residing in Cambridge

A founding purpose of Gates Cambridge Scholarships is to give you the opportunity to study in Cambridge and to be part of the Gates Cambridge community. Although the University does allow you to spend time away from Cambridge, the Trust does not look favourably upon extended periods of working away and our expectation is that Scholars will reside in Cambridge for the duration of their studies unless they have been given permission by the University and the Trust for any Leave To Work Away (e.g. for required fieldwork) or Intermission (e.g. for medical or compassionate reasons). You can find more information about residence on the University’s website.

Know the University Regulations

You must be aware of the regulations of the University and your College. It is a condition of the Gates Cambridge Scholarships that these regulations are observed. Due to the University’s federated nature you must not rely on one body (e.g. the Student Registry) to inform all other bodies (e.g. the Trust, your College, your Department) about any changes to your circumstances, so make sure you tell all relevant bodies, including the Trust. University policies may change throughout the year; it is your responsibility to be aware of them but the Trust will update you on these changes when it directly impacts upon our policies.

Code of Practice

Be sure to read the University’s Code of Practice for Graduate Students and Supervisors, which is issued and updated annually by the University and explains the role and obligations of Supervisors and Graduate Students. The Trust will send you a copy in October.

Receiving a salary or substantial other scholarship?

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are fully funded and we do not expect you to hold any other named Scholarships coincident with your Gates Cambridge funding. An exception to this is made for Scholars in receipt UK Research Council fees awards or the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program scholarship (at Gates Cambridge maintenance rates while in Cambridge).

If you will receive a salary from your employer, or receive substantial funding from any other source during the tenure of your Gates Cambridge Scholarship, the Trust must be informed of this. In such circumstances it is likely that your award will be reduced to take account of substantial external income. For example, a Scholar in receipt of a salary which is equivalent to or more than the Trust’s maintenance allowance during their award will receive a fees only award.

The Trust will not normally reduce its levels of funding to Scholars who have won modest awards.

Tax and your Scholarship

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are not taxable in the UK. The Trust is unable to provide further tax guidance and Scholars should seek independent tax advice as to the tax status of the scholarship in their home country.

The University of Cambridge does not currently complete 1098T tax forms for US students as foreign universities are not obliged to provide this information.

If you require a letter from our Finance team to confirm your Gates Cambridge award or the funding you have received, please email scholar.support@gatescambridge.org

Illness

The Trust will always deal as sympathetically as possible with problems arising from illness and you may apply to the hardship fund if you are in financial difficulty. However, your College should be the first port of call in these cases as they are responsible for your pastoral care. If you develop a physical or other ailment while in Cambridge which might seriously impede academic progress, you must discuss your situation with your College Tutor and contact the Trust.

You should raise any illness-related issue that may impact your ability to complete your course with your College Tutor (initially, as well as others where appropriate) as soon as possible – this allows appropriate support to be sign-posted and offered in good time.

If you have an illness which prevents you from undertaking your studies/research you should discuss intermitting your studies with your supervisor and Graduate Tutor – and let the Trust know about these discussions.

Debt

Please note that the Trust disclaims all responsibility for any debts you may incur. Nor will the Trust act as guarantor for loans or debts. Scholars are advised that the Trust reserves the right to pay maintenance to the college if so requested on the reasonable grounds of failure to settle outstanding debts to the College or any other body.

Intermission (taking a break from your course)

Intermission has a formal meaning and requires a change in your registered status at the University. It does not mean to informally ‘take a break’.  You can find full details on the University’s web page.

Should you need to ‘intermit’ your studies (i.e. you need to stop your research or course attendance) for medical or non-medical reasons you apply to the Student Registry for permission to intermit and also complete the Trust’s Intermission application form below.  PhD students should always discuss any plans to intermit well in advance with their supervisor, College Tutor or Departmental Graduate advisor/administrator.

Once your application for intermission has been approved by the Student Registry and the Trust your Scholarship will be ‘suspended’ – the Trust will not be liable for University fees and you will not receive your maintenance allowance. Your Scholarship will restart when you return to Cambridge and your award finish date will be amended to reflect the period of Intermission. Scholars on a Tier 4 visa should note that the Trust is only able to suspend its award, it has no control over visa extensions. Scholars can find more details on Tier 4 visa and intermitting on the University’s web page.

A retrospective application for Intermission will not be accepted unless there have been exceptional circumstances and you may be required to return any maintenance you have already received.

Where a Scholar has to intermit for circumstances beyond their control (e.g. illness) and is unable to return to their home country for the period of intermission, the Trust will consider an application for hardship funding.

De-registration

In very rare circumstances, de-registration from the list of graduate students may occur if a Scholar fails to perform academically at the standard expected by their Department, or breaches one of the University’s regulations.  More information is available from the University’s web pages.

The Trust would hope that no Gates Cambridge Scholar should become deregistered by the University. Any Scholar who is experiencing difficulties whilst at Cambridge should inform the Trust as soon as possible and well in advance of any action being taken.

In the event that a Scholar is de-registered they will retain the right to appeal under University regulations. There is no guarantee however that the Trust will support such an appeal, and it is unlikely that a Scholar will be funded by the Trust throughout the appeal process.  Should a Scholar be found to have been guilty of a serious breach of University regulations (such as undertaking full time paid employment whilst enrolled as a PhD student), then the Trust may seek to recover any maintenance and fees paid during the period of the breach.

Data Protection & Privacy

The Trust is committed to protecting your data and giving you full control of it.

You can find out more by reading our Privacy policy and Data Protection Statement.

Intellectual Property

The Trust places no condition on ownership of any intellectual property for its scholars, past or present.

If it is appropriate to do so, you are very welcome to acknowledge the support you have received from the Trust to undertake your studies/project/paper etc. You are welcome to use the Gates Cambridge logo and template PowerPoint presentation. Please email scholar.support@gatescambridge.org for these files.

Events & activities

Being a student at the University of Cambridge presents you with many opportunities for academic development alongside social and cultural activities.

In addition to University and College events, the Gates Cambridge community hosts a wide range of events to enable its diverse members to form a strong and vibrant community at and beyond Cambridge. Information about all events and opportunities are sent out via the weekly e-Bulletin (which is the best way to become acquainted with the Gates Cambridge community) and Scholars should subscribe to the Gates Cambridge Calendar for up-to-date information on all events. You can find a summary below:

Induction and Orientation (New Scholars only)

See Arrival and settling in above.

Welcome Dinner (New Scholars only)

After the Orientation, the Welcome Dinner is the first Trust event you will be invited to and usually takes place at the end of September, just before the start of term. It is a formal dinner hosted by the Provost. Beginning with a drinks reception, the dinner is an opportunity to get to know your fellow Scholars and to meet the Trust’s staff.

Annual lecture

At this Trust organised event, an eminent speaker is invited to talk to the Gates Cambridge community and wider University on a topic of importance and current interest.

Scholars’ Council events 

In addition to the many smaller events run throughout the year by the Scholars Council, there are “flagship” events for the entire Gates Cambridge community. These include:

  • Gates Gala – this occurs in November each year and is the flagship event of Michaelmas Term. Gala is a ‘black tie’ evening and an opportunity for all current Scholars, families, alumni, members of the Trust, and their guests to converge for an evening of music, dancing, entertainment, and more.
  • Day of Engagement – usually held in Lent Term and an opportunity for Scholars to utilize the traits we were selected for (outstanding intellectual ability and leadership potential) to act on our commitment to improving the lives of others.
  • Day of Research – usually held in Easter Term, this has two primary aims: to showcase the research undertaken by members of the Gates community and to provide Scholars with the opportunity to gain experience in presenting their work.
  • The Garden Party – this is a charity event, during which Gates Scholars raise money for a specified charity or trust while additionally enjoying an afternoon of music, food, and beverages. The Garden Party is typically held outside and occurs during May Week.
  • In addition to the major events listed above, the Scholars Council and Scholar community organise a wide range of interesting and engaging activities throughout the year. These include social events (pub nights, potlucks, term trips, etc.), academic events (discussion groups, external speakers at Gates Conversations, and internal symposia at which Scholars share their work with one another), cultural events (e.g. trips to cultural and historic sites in the UK) and the many personal and professional development events under the Learning for Purpose programme.

Learning for Purpose

Learning for Purpose (LfP) is a unique component of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship with a focus on practical skill building through tailored learning. The programme seeks to support and equip Scholars in their personal and professional development as researchers and potential leaders striving to make a positive difference in the lives of others. LfP facilitates opportunities for Scholars to explore and reflect on questions pertaining to leadership, with the aim of fostering mindful leaders. LfP organises bespoke workshops by world experts and encourages peer-to-peer and informal learning through discussion panels and events amongst current Scholars. One critical outcome of LfP trainings is a set of transferable skills for each Scholar, which can be used across academic disciplines.

Visit the LfP website.

Graduation Dinner

The Graduation Dinner is a formal farewell to graduating Scholars. Held in summer, it is an opportunity to celebrate your hard work and achievements in the company of your peers, the Trustees and Trust staff. This event also acts as your official welcome to the Gates Cambridge Alumni community.

Networking & resources

Member Directory

You can look up any member of the Gates Cambridge community using the public Directory. You can then search the Internet for further details.

Your on-line profile

Every scholar-elect, scholar and alumna/nus has an on-line profile which allows you to update certain elements (e.g. contact, location and employment details). This is currently not searchable by members, but is a very useful tool for the Trust to report on the community and to send members appropriate information about events and activities.

@gatesscholar.org email

Your profile comes with the ability to use a forwarding email address of username@gatesscholar.org. This is not a comprehensive email system, simply a forwarding function. If you know your username (e.g. j.bloggs) you can test the forwarding function by sending an email to j.bloggs@gatesscholar.org. If you do not know your username you can either log in to your profile or email scholar.support@gatescambridge.org.

Social media

There are numerous social media channels, pages and groups which are available to members.

Public channels

Member only groups

  • Scholars-elect Facebook group (private, managed by the Scholars Council) – the Scholars’ Council send a link to all Scholars-elect
  • Scholars Facebook group (private, managed by the Scholars Council) – the Scholars’ Council send a link to all Scholars
  • Alumni Facebook group (private, managed by the Alumni Association) – details sent to Scholars about to graduate
  • LinkedIn group (private, managed by the Trust) – search for “Gates Cambridge Scholars, Past and Present”

Logos and PowerPoint

You are welcome to use the Gates Cambridge logo and template PowerPoint presentation. Please email scholar.support@gatescambridge.org requesting these files.

Open Access Publishing 

The University states that “All research active staff and students publishing journal articles or conference proceedings should upload their accepted manuscripts to www.openaccess.cam.ac.uk immediately after acceptance for publication.”

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation states: “If the publication is a direct result of research conducted while a Gates Cambridge Trust affiliate, we will cover the open access publishing fees as appropriate. The publication does need to be compliant with the Open Access policy – articles must be open access, immediately available, and published with a CC-BY license in a fully open access journal. The foundation is no longer paying for hybrid publications. Effective January 1, 2021, the policy will be updated to be consistent with the key principles of Plan S. As a member of cOAlition S, the foundation is committed to working in partnership with other funders to make all research articles open by default. Please review the foundation’s Grantee Publishing Guide for further information. We link all publications to a specific Gates grant number that funded the work. In this case the grant number would be for the original endowment OPP1144.” For any questions please contact Ashley Farley, Program Officer – Open Access Team – Knowledge and Research Services, openaccess@gatesfoundation.org, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. You can also review the Foundation’s Open Access Policy & FAQ’s.

Gates Scholars Common Room (GSCR)

Whilst in Cambridge you will have access to the Gates Scholars Common Room (GSCR). This room is located on the 2nd floor of the University Centre. It is there for you to work in, relax in, and to mix with fellow Gates Cambridge Scholars and is the location for a lot of Scholars’ Council organised events. Resources include a computer lab, a collection of books from the Cambridge University Press, space to read and work, Wi-Fi, a TV room, games, etc.

The room is accessible to all Scholars and Alumni with your university card. If you have any trouble accessing the Common Room with your University card, please contact the Internal Officer of the Scholars’ Council (internal@gatescouncil.org).  The University Centre is open seven days a week from 9.00am to 11.00pm (10.30pm on Sunday).

Printing allowance

Each year the Trust provides a printing allowance (currently £20 per annum) to all Scholars in residence which can be used on the printers in the Scholars’ Room. Unused credit does not roll over and it is not normally possible to provide additional credit.

In addition, many Scholars will have access to free or discounted printing via their College and/or department.

Outreach and promotion

Outreach

Scholars and Alumni can undertake outreach via the Ambassador Programme – a Scholar and Alumni-led and Trust-supported project to increase awareness about the Gates Cambridge Scholarships across the world.

Scholars and Alumni arrange formal presentations or informal conversations for their local universities, alma mater or other institutions. At present this is likely to be virtual, but once in person events are possible this may as part of a trip for a conference, fieldwork or holiday – or when they return home after their scholarship. There is no application process or formal arrangements. Please contact scholar.support@gatescambridge.org for the most up to date PowerPoint presentation and other materials.

If you give a presentation or talk –  or have any questions – please email scholar.support@gatescambridge.org with details.

Promotion

There are two main ways you can help promote the Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme and the opportunities it offers:

  • Create content – whether writing for The Scholar magazine, creating a blog or interviewing for a profile you can make your own contribution to profile raising.

Send us news

Knowing about the successes and activities of our Scholars and Alumni is key to showcasing the Gates Cambridge programme to the wider world and to our community. A good stream of news allows us to do this – as well as increasing an individual Scholar’s profile.

Will you or a Scholar you know:

  • be a recipient of an award

  • publish a book or paper

  • take part in a significant international event

  • organise a conference or similar event

  • set up or play a significant new role in an NGO or other body

  • write an op-ed

  • about to be receive some media coverage

  • or undertake something else we could promote

If so, send details to news@gatescambridge.org. If you can send details before the event all the better, but if you can only send details post event please do.

Create content

There are lots opportunities to create content. Find out what you can do for Gates Cambridge and how we can help you.

  • Interview for a profile [links to pdf]

  • Blog for us [links to pdf]

  • Write an article for The Scholar magazine [links to pdf]

  • Press releases and media contacts [links to pdf]

Please email news@gatescambridge.org with details.

Help, support & well-being

Whether you are a new Scholar arriving from overseas (for whom Cambridge may seem bewildering) or a current Scholar facing challenges, there are a range of options for help, support and well-being while you are a student at Cambridge.

Your College

Your College is responsible for your pastoral support and welfare while at Cambridge and is your first port of call for almost any difficulties you may be experiencing.  Each College has a dedicated College Tutor responsible for the welfare of its students; your College should provide details during College orientation. College MCR Welfare Officers can be contacted for advice, especially if you want to understand the options available before raising a formal issue with College Tutorial staff.

Your Department

Your Department is responsible for providing your education, progress and a academic support at Cambridge. You should contact the relevant person with any questions or concerns relating to your course, supervisor or Department. For general or administrative enquiries you may want to start with the Graduate Administrator of your Department; for specific questions or concerns relating to your course or research you should contact your Primary Supervisor (PhD Scholars) or Course Director (Masters degree Scholars).

The Trust

You should contact us with any questions or concerns related to your scholarship. In addition, you should contact the Trust if for any of the reasons listed in the section entitled “When to contact the Trust”. The Scholar Support team (currently made up of the Programme Manager and Progamme Officer) should be your first point of contact and you can contact them on scholar.support@gatescambridge.org.

The Scholars’ Council

The Scholars’ Council can provide information on anything related to activities and events organised them and the Scholars’ Room.

University services

The University offers a range of specific support and well-being services (from the Disability Resource Centre and Counselling Service to the Careers Service and Childcare Office) and you can find full details on the University’s well-being portal

Contact

How we contact you

The Trust and Scholars Council will always communicate with you via email. Make sure you check your email regularly and if you use spam-filters add Gates Cambridge related email addresses to your address book (@gatescambridge.org and @gatescouncil.org domains).

The Trust expects Scholars to respond to requests for information and complete any surveys which are sent out so that it can assess the success of the programme on an on-going basis.

How and when to can contact the Trust

The Trust’s staff are here to support and help you before, during and after your time at Cambridge.

You can contact the Scholar Support team at any point by email on scholar.support@gatescambridge.org.

The Trust needs to know about your academic progress and plans and any major changes to your circumstances at Cambridge. Please contact the Trust as soon as possible in any of the following circumstances:

  • You are thinking about applying for Leave To Work Away – e.g. for fieldwork
  • You are thinking about applying for Intermission (a break from your course) – e.g. for medical reasons
  • You are experiencing financial, medical, personal, mental health or other difficulties that are impacting on your ability to successfully complete your course on time/at all
  • You are thinking about changing your supervisor
  • You are thinking about changing your course
  • Any other circumstances that might affect your ability to make satisfactory academic progress

Please do not ignore any concerns or difficulties you may be experiencing. It is always the case that the sooner you inform the Trust of any important changes or difficulties you are experiencing the sooner we can help or signpost you to help in other parts of the Collegiate University. The Trust will always deal with all inquiries confidentially and is available to discuss any relevant issues with you.