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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)

Miss Morgan Healy

  • Social Officer
  • Early childhood education specialist with expertise in parenting program design for low and middle income settings
Miss Morgan Healy

Miss Morgan Healy

  • Social Officer
  • Early childhood education specialist with expertise in parenting program design for low and middle income settings

Ninety percent of a child's brain develops by age five and the brain's neural architecture is set by age six. Investment in quality early education services (including parenting programs) has a higher economic and social return than investment in education services at any other age. And yet, early education services remain chronically undervalued, underfunded and underexplored. For my dissertation at Cambridge University, I plan to address these issues by designing a play-based parenting intervention that helps young children develop key higher cognitive capacities, called executive functions. My hope is that this intervention addresses gaps in the research and can be integrated seamlessly into early childhood programming across the health, education, and social service sectors in Brazil and elsewhere. Prior to Cambridge, I worked at the Harvard David Rockefeller Center in Brazil where I led strategy efforts and content re-design of Harvard's Certificate for Early Education Leadership. I also worked as a fellow with the Mayor of Baton Rouge on the city's Cradle to K Parenting Program and lived in Belo Horizonte, Brazil as a Fulbright scholar. I graduated with a Masters in International Education Policy from Harvard in 2019.

Previous Education

Harvard University International Education Policy 2019
Boston College Secondary Education, History 2016

Miss Gabrielle Mills

  • President
  • 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
Miss Gabrielle Mills

Miss Gabrielle Mills

  • President
  • 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

From a young age, I expressed a keen interest in the issues surrounding infectious diseases and global epidemics. As a Biomedical Engineering student at Arizona State University, my interest in epidemiology and its engineering applications were further developed and contextualized by an additional minor in Global Health and a research internship at the Translational Genomics Research Institute. During the course of my PhD in Chemical Engineering at Cambridge, I aspire to develop novel diagnostics for C. difficile, the deadliest superbug in the United States, and C. perfringens, the second leading cause of food poisoning. With C. difficile, there is a direct correlation between mortality and the timing and choice of initial treatment. With the invention of an immediate diagnostic that detects the level of infection, mortality rates may be reduced across global communities.I seek to be a leader in the worldwide pursuit to alleviate the burden of disease on developing populations by delivering technologies that are simple, inexpensive, and—above all else—feasible in their applicable environments. I am grateful to be joining the Gates Cambridge Community and for the opportunity to network with some of the greatest intellects of our generation with the united goal of improving the human condition.

Previous Education

Arizona State University BS in Engineering Biomedical Engineering 2019

Ms Mine Koprulu

  • 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
Ms Mine Koprulu

Ms Mine Koprulu

  • 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

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

Mr Gregory Serapio-García

  • Treasurer
  • Contact the Treasurer at treasurer@gatescouncil.org
Mr Gregory Serapio-García

Mr Gregory Serapio-García

  • Treasurer
  • Contact the Treasurer at treasurer@gatescouncil.org

A San Francisco Bay Area native, I grew up immersed in and fascinated by technology. Carrying this fascination with me to study Psychology and Computing and Digital Technologies at the University of Notre Dame, I used my first research grants to conduct a crowdsourced Internet study of personality and subjective well-being in 105 nations and nine languages. At Notre Dame’s Center for Advanced Measurement of Personality and Psychopathology, I developed an interest in the overlap of clinical disorders with everyday personality traits. In 2017, I was selected for a National Science Foundation (NSF) Computational Social Science REU at Notre Dame’s Center for Research Computing where I used machine learning to predict mental health dimensions from social media big data. By pursuing a PhD in Psychology at Cambridge under the mentorship of Dr Jason Rentfrow, I will synthesize mobile-sensing and personality data to predict mental health outcomes and subjective well-being. I hope to help automate lengthy clinical assessments through computational analyses of social media big data with Dr David Stillwell and colleagues at The Psychometrics Centre. As a Gates Cambridge Scholar and social data scientist, I hope to inform the next generation of the world’s best physicians, lawyers, philosophers, and educators of both the promise of online social data in transforming mental healthcare and the moral imperative to combat the exploitative use of big data in this proliferating field.

Previous Education

University of Notre Dame Bachelor of Arts in Psychology 2019

Mr Brendan Terry

  • 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
Mr Brendan Terry

Mr Brendan Terry

  • 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

During my childhood, my family struggled to afford the costs of managing chronic health issues. This made clear to me that poor health and other difficult life experiences are often intertwined. At Pomona College, I majored in chemistry and started to dream of becoming a physician-scientist in order to study, and then reverse, biochemical processes that translate adverse life circumstances into poor long-term health. My passion for biochemistry grew over four years in the Sazinsky lab, where I discovered the crystal structure of an enzyme that could make better nutrition available to many more people. Also, with Dr. Calderón-Villarreal of COLEF in Tijuana, Mexico, I developed a research project that uses chemistry and anthropology to investigate environmental causes of health problems in a population experiencing homelessness. As a PhD student in the Reik and Balasubramanian labs, I will study epigenetic molecular mechanisms in embryonic development, which could provide insight into various chronic diseases and cancers that disproportionately affect vulnerable populations. I am honored to join the Gates-Cambridge community and will pay the opportunity forward by mentoring students seeking to connect social justice with the sciences.

Previous Education

Pomona College Chemistry 2020

Mr Eric LeGresley

  • Social Officer
  • The Social Officers plan a variety of events for Gates Scholars. Contact the Social Officers at social@gatescouncil.org
Mr Eric LeGresley

Mr Eric LeGresley

  • Social Officer
  • The Social Officers plan a variety of events for Gates Scholars. Contact the Social Officers at social@gatescouncil.org

I am a Canadian studying an MD/PhD at Wolfson College. I improve the design of vaccines by studying pathogen evolution.

Ms Ntombizodwa Makuyana

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

Ms Ntombizodwa Makuyana

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

Growing up in Zimbabwe, I have watched people succumb to diseases that could be cured if curative and preventive health services were provided. Zimbabwe suffers from poor healthcare infrastructure and a lack of advanced research which are hindrances to fighting diseases. This grim reality, complex and imperative to mend, birthed my interest to be involved in the improvement of others' health through research. Notably, at Biodesign Institute, l investigated HPV specific immune responses identifying asymptotic stages of cervical cancer and at Novartis, the use of biomarkers in Alzheimer's Disease. Both experiences helped me develop an appreciation of the immune system and how it can be harnessed to control and detect diseases. Hence, during my Ph.D., I intend to further explore the immune processes and their functions working with Dr. Adrian Liston, whose research is focused on manipulating the immune system to cure brain injuries. Immune responses are the core to any development of drug therapies, vaccines or healing of diseases. Thus, I hope to apply the skills and expertise I will acquire through my experience as a Ph.D. student at Cambridge to the betterment of the healthcare standards of Zimbabwe.

Previous Education

Arizona State University Medicinal Chemistry 2019

Miss Mahlaqua Noor

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

Miss Mahlaqua Noor

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

I have always been fascinated by tiny creatures such as viruses that are capable of launching vicious attacks on our robust immune system. 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 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

Miss Bailey Weatherbee

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

Miss Bailey Weatherbee

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

Since childhood, I was always fascinated by developmental biology. I wanted to understand how a single cell could become a complex organism. After matriculating as an Honors Biology student at the University of Delaware, I joined Dr. Salil A. Lachke’s developmental genetics laboratory where I studied the role of RNA-binding protein-mediated post-transcriptional regulation in mammalian ocular lens development. Simultaneously, I explored my passions for education access and science advocacy. Since 2014, I’ve worked with Leading Youth Through Empowerment – a non-profit that offers accelerated coursework to high-achieving at-risk youth. I also participated in the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Advocacy Training Program through which I met with the offices of my senators and representative to advocate for science funding and education.At Cambridge, I will carry out my Ph.D. project in the laboratory of Dr. Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz studying the post-implantation development of human and mouse embryos. Post-implantation stages are referred to as the “black box” of development, and very little is known about these early stages when many pregnancies fail. Recently, Dr. Zernicka-Goetz’s group developed a culture system that opened this “black box” and I look forward to finding what lies within it. I am honored to join the motivated and interdisciplinary Gates Cambridge community.

Previous Education

University of Delaware Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences 2019

Mrs Shalom Henderson

  • External Community Officer
  • The External Community Officer promotes scholar involvement in the community. Contact the Officer at external@gatescouncil.org
Mrs Shalom Henderson

Mrs Shalom Henderson

  • External Community Officer
  • The External Community Officer promotes scholar involvement in the community. Contact the Officer at external@gatescouncil.org

As a speech-language pathologist in the Frontotemporal Disorders Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, I worked with patients diagnosed with neurodegenerative conditions. My research emphasis has been on frontotemporal lobar degeneration and its subtypes, particularly primary progressive aphasia (PPA), which are fast progressing, often misdiagnosed, and have no effective treatment. Being a clinician-researcher has uniquely positioned me to examine questions that are meaningful and translatable to a clinical context. At Cambridge’s MRC CBU, my PhD will focus on investigating the semantic representation versus control deficits in PPA to better understand the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying semantic cognition, with the ultimate goal of informing approaches to characterization and intervention in the clinical setting and providing further experimental validation of computational models of controlled semantic cognition. It is truly an honor to be part of the Gates Cambridge community, and I look forward to collaborating with fellow Gates scholars who have a shared goal - a commitment to improving the lives of others!

Previous Education

MGH Institute of Health Profes Speech Language Pathology 2018
Columbia University Psychology 2015

Ms Jeanne-Rose Arn

  • Internal Officer
  • The Internal Officer organises Internal Symposia each term and the Annual Gates Weekend of Research
Ms Jeanne-Rose Arn

Ms Jeanne-Rose Arn

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

I obtained advanced degrees both in law and in philosophy (studying at the University of Geneva and at Harvard Law School). In philosophy, my courses focused on analytic philosophy and philosophy of mind. This is where I first encountered the topic of self-deception which has become the focus of my proposed research. After my studies, I practiced law at a leading law firm in Switzerland where I handled a high-profile case of “conscious negligence”, that diminishes responsibility under Swiss Criminal Law. This experience triggered my interest in the fundamental conditions of moral and legal responsibility as well as the limits of responsibility in law. For my PhD, I intend to address the question of self-deception in morality and law. Minimally, self-deception denotes a phenomenon that occurs when a person acquires and maintains a false belief despite possessing evidence to the contrary. Self-deception may lead to acts or behaviour that result in wrongdoings and harm others and is therefore a critical topic for both morality and the law. Despite this, the significance of self-deception in law remains largely unexplored.

Previous Education

Harvard University Law 2016
University of Geneva Law 2016
University of Geneva Philosophy 2015

Mr Yinuo Han

  • Technology Officer
  • Contact the technology officers at tech@gatescouncil.org.
Mr Yinuo Han

Mr Yinuo Han

  • Technology Officer
  • Contact the technology officers at tech@gatescouncil.org.

Gazing at the night sky, it is difficult not to wonder what worlds might exist around each star and whether they might even host life. Over the past two decades, exoplanetary science has revealed to us the great diversity of planets outside the solar system, presenting the possibility of understanding their evolution, habitability and presence of biosignatures. A crucial piece in the puzzle of characterising full planetary systems requires the study of debris disks, which provide crucial constraints on the architecture and history of the system. My research uses high-resolution imaging and dynamical modelling to understand how planets and debris disks interact, what the structures of debris disks tell us about the architecture of planetary systems and their implications on theories of planetary formation and evolution. I completed my undergraduate degree with majors in Physics and Neuroscience at the University of Sydney, which provided valuable opportunities for me to explore and pursue my interests. I am excited to be part of the Gates Cambridge community and to commence research at the Institute of Astronomy.

Previous Education

University of Sydney Physics 2019

Links

https://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/people/Yinuo.Han

Mr Kumar Thurimella

  • Technology Officer
  • The Technology Officers are responsible for maintaining the electronic hardware and software in the Scholars' Common Room.
Mr Kumar Thurimella

Mr Kumar Thurimella

  • Technology Officer
  • The Technology Officers are responsible for maintaining the electronic hardware and software in the Scholars' Common Room.

I am a current MD/PhD student split between the University of Colorado-School of Medicine and the University of Cambridge. As an applied mathematician/software engineer turned future physician, I am excited to apply my computational and mathematical background to help in the discovery of mechanisms behind inflammatory diseases of the gut.

In my PhD portion of my training in Biotechnology and Mathematics/Statistics where I work with Dr. Roisin Owens and Dr. Sergio Bacallado on developing a mathematical/statistical tools for validating bioelectronic models of the gut.

Previously, I worked as a Software Engineer at Uber in San Francisco for 3 years. I have my MPhil at Cambridge working at the Sanger Institute. I completed my BS in Applied Mathematics at University of Colorado-Boulder, where I am originally from.

Previous Education

University of Colorado at Denver Medicine 2026
University of Cambridge Biological Sciences 2018
University of Colorado at Boulder Applied Mathematics 2013

Links

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kumarthurimella
http://kumarthurimella.com

Ms Janine Brandes

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

Ms Janine Brandes

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

With the average life expectancy increasing worldwide, the prevalence of neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease is predicted to double within the next generation. Despite this rising challenge to public health and numerous clinical trials, there is still no cure for this debilitating disease, highlighting the need for better preclinical models and increased translational research. This motivated me to join efforts unravelling the underlying molecular mechanisms of Parkinson’s during my Master’s thesis in Molecular Medicine at the University of Tübingen. To enable my research to bridge the gap from bench to bedside, I subsequently collaborated with AstraZeneca as a research assistant at the University of Oxford where I established a drug screening pipeline on patient derived cells and succeeded in identifying new drug candidates. For my PhD in Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Cambridge, I will employ a cellular 3D model of Parkinson’s disease involving human neurons and glia to continue deciphering the mechanisms driving disease in patient brains. I hope that using this clinically relevant disease model will facilitate the translation of preclinical studies into patient treatment. I am deeply honoured to have been selected for a Gates Cambridge scholarship and am looking forward to joining a community of scholars who aspire to use their academic abilities to improve the lives of others.

Previous Education

Eberhard-Karls-Universitat Tubingen Molecular Medicine 2019
Eberhard-Karls-Universitat Tubingen Molecular Medicine 2016
University of Michigan Psychology, Neuroscience 2015

Miss Hafsah Haseeb Siddiqui

  • 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
Miss Hafsah Haseeb Siddiqui

Miss Hafsah Haseeb Siddiqui

  • 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

While studying Human Geography and Sociology at the University of Toronto, my professors nurtured my interest in examining social inequality and segregation in urban space. I was inspired to contemplate justice-oriented visions of city building and analyze uneven development and political fragmentation within cities which are more pronounced now than ever. At Cambridge, my research will consider how citizen-led development can be employed as a tool for empowering the urban poor in the context of housing inequality and forced evictions from informal settlements in Pakistan. Specifically, I will investigate how cross-class alliances can enhance marginalized groups’ political claims-making abilities and help them assert their status as legitimate urban citizens. Urban theories and policies are largely based on the experiences of a select few cities in the Global North. In response, my scholarly aim is to highlight diverse Southern urban experiences, which will reveal important socio-political particularities about life in cities of the Global South. By inspiring policymakers and researchers, I hope to achieve a future where cities are not divided or fragmented but rather inclusive spaces of collaboration between residents. I am grateful and excited, and humbled most of all, to be joining a community of students who share a strong commitment to changing the world for the better.

Previous Education

University of Toronto Geography 2019
University of Toronto Human Geography, Sociology, Writing & Rhetoric 2018

Miss Fang Liu

  • 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
Miss Fang Liu

Miss Fang Liu

  • 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

My proposed topic, moral dilemmas of contemporary Chinese liberal intellectuals, arises from my long-standing interest. I completed a BA in Journalism in the highest rated institution for journalism in China, Renmin University, and received my Distinction MA in Sociocultural Anthropology at Durham University, UK. Between the two degrees, I have worked as a journalist and editor in Chinese top media organisations for over 11 years. These experiences have granted me first-hand observations, an extensive network analytic skills and narrative approaches. I have written numerous articles concerning the roles and dilemmas of liberal intellectuals, 20 of which were published into my first book, Triste Common Sense (2013). I reckon many ethical paradoxes in everyday life of Chinese liberal intellectuals are largely unheard and untold. By verbalising, representing and analysing their experiences, this project will help us to gain more reflection and recognition on their roles and responsibilities in this era. It will also benefit broader Chinese citizens to get better understandings of the reality of Chinese society, and to take references or inspirations from these intellectuals' choices and struggles.

Previous Education

Durham University Sociocultural Anthropology 2019
Renmin University Journalism 2007

Mr Anis Barmada

  • 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 Anis Barmada

Mr Anis Barmada

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

Growing up in Damascus, Syria, I immigrated to the United States when I was seventeen in September 2015. Completing my senior year at Wheeling High School in the U.S., I enrolled at UIC pursuing a bachelor's degree with a double major in biology and chemistry and minor in mathematics. I was fascinated by the immense potential in developing novel analytical chemical and mathematical tools to solve pressing biomedical problems. Starting my first year of college, I have conducted research on diabetic eye disease while volunteering at an ophthalmology clinic to serve patients of the same life-changing, blindness-causing disease conditions. Through these experiences, I found an articulation of my interests in patient-driven research that considers both the biochemical and socioeconomic lenses. Through the MPhil in Genomic Medicine at Cambridge, I hope to visualize the molecular, analytical, statistical, social, and clinical challenges facing the use of omics-based personalized medicine across everyday clinics. Professionally, I intend to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. advancing biochemical and computational technologies to address currently incurable diseases, and contributing to the crafting of a new era of healthcare without disparities.

Previous Education

University of Illinois-Chicago Biology and Chemistry 2020

Ms Amelia Urry

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

Ms Amelia Urry

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

With a background in literature and journalism, I have spent a lot of time thinking about the gap between public ideas of science and how scientists think about their own work. My PhD will build on this idea through a history of climate science in Antarctica, a continent frequently depicted as a 'blank' for science to fill in. The past half-century of scientific attempts to map, measure, and model the seventh continent have led to the current "deep uncertainty" in IPCC projections of sea-level rise. The efforts to confront uncertainty in Antarctic oceans and ice sheets form an important chapter in the still-unfolding history of climate science, and I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to carry out this work as a member of the Gates community.

Previous Education

University of Cambridge History and Philosophy of Scie 2020
Yale University English, Creative Writing 2013

Ms Avani Tandon Vieira

  • 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 Avani Tandon Vieira

Ms Avani Tandon Vieira

  • 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

Over years of studying literature, first as an undergraduate at St. Stephen's College, Delhi and then as a Master's student at the University of Oxford, I have developed an appreciation for the narratives that often go unheard. My work considers independent literary expression in India and turns to the ways in which writing and documentation can transform how we occupy, understand, and move in the world. By looking to minority voices, through scholarship and curatorial work, I hope to bring attention to the politics of artistic practice, building spaces that are are aware both of their potential and their responsibility.

Previous Education

University of Oxford World Literatures in English 2017
University of Delhi English 2016

Miss Ashley Zhou

  • 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
Miss Ashley Zhou

Miss Ashley Zhou

  • 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 in Austin, Melbourne, Beijing and Maryland, my life has been filled with shifting residences, but remaining unchanged is a deep curiosity for the miraculous gift of “mind” that distinguishes humans of all cultures. During my undergraduate studies in Neuroscience and Behavior at University of Notre Dame, I’ve found my passion for research in the neuroscience of consciousness and human intelligence. My PhD project at the MRC Brain and Cognition Unit investigates the neural networks associated with insight problem-solving, and I hope I can help reveal how our “intuition” works and inspire conversation across interdisciplinary fields. In an age marked by technology breakthroughs, my goal is to encourage more dialogue between neuroscience and artificial intelligence. I’m extremely honored to be part of the Gates Cambridge Scholars community, and I’m looking forward to beginning the next part of my journey with my fellow Gates Scholars and creating lasting impact on the world together.

Previous Education

University of Notre Dame Neuroscience and Behavior 2019

Ms Julia Jakob

  • Orientation co-director
  • • The Orientation officers lead and organise the new Scholar orientation activities. Contact the Orientation Committee at orientation@gatescouncil.org
Ms Julia Jakob

Ms Julia Jakob

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

I grew up in Austria, where the formal educational attainment of an individual strongly depends on their parents' education and profession. Education at all levels is not as accessible as it could and should be, and this is most harmful to the most marginalized members of our society. As a German as a second language teacher working with refugees, I have come to understand that accessibility barriers can take many forms, and that what are seemingly traits of individual learners (such as motivation) should be re-examined and understood as systemic accessibility issues.My PhD project will combine gender studies with educational research and social work practice to better understand male refugees' conceptualizations of their plural identities and their language learning motivation. I hope that my findings will contribute to making second language education more accessible and inclusive, and I am honored to be able to carry out this research as a member of the Gates Cambridge community.

Miss Stuti Pachisia

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

Miss Stuti Pachisia

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

I grew up in Kolkata, India and studied for a BA in English at Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University. Later, I pursued an MA in Comparative Literature at SOAS, University of London. As a student of literature, I grew deeply interested in the subversive potential and the community value of protest poetry. Through my PhD in English at Cambridge, I seek to explore the literary and cultural movements of the protest poem in the postcolonial metropolis. I find this examination increasingly relevant in light of recent worldwide resistance networks, which express international solidarity through the literary text. Through this project, I hope to not only find interventional ways of thinking about the protest poem, but also to find methodologies for making the literature classroom a socially transformative space.(she/her)

Previous Education

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) MA in Comparative Literature (Africa/Asia) 2019
Lady Shri Ram College for Women BA in English 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 cheque distribution. 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.

Finances

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.

Core  funding

Your Gates Cambridge Scholarship includes the following core components:

  • Tuition Fee
  • Maintenance allowance (£17,500 for 12 months at the 2020–21 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

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 your first payment will be made by cheque. You will be contacted by the Programme team via e-mail with regards to collection times and location.

From the second instalment onwards you have the option of receiving your maintenance allowance via a direct transfer to your bank account. You will be required to sign-in in person at the Trust’s Offices at the end of each quarter. See below the sign-in dates for the academic year 2019-20:

  • Lent Term – Monday 2 December 2019 to Wednesday 11 December 2019
  • Easter Term – Monday 9 March 2020 to Thursday 19 March 2020
  • Long Vacation – Monday 8 June 2020 to Thursday 18 June 2020

Please note that the Trust cannot change the dates on which payments of allowances are normally made, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Fourth year maintenance (PhD Scholars)

If you require maintenance during some or all of the fourth year of your PhD you may 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 on the Scholar-elect page.

Travel home

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.

As our travel agent (STA Travel Cambridge) has ceased trading, Scholars are now asked to book and pay for their own flight and then claim a reimbursement from 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 – https://www.skyscanner.net/, 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 – events@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

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: £10,420, per annum
  • Two or more children: £14,870 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

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 and you can find resources below:

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.

Letters and cheques (apart from maintenance) will be sent to your College pigeon-hole. It is your responsibility to check your College mail regularly.

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.