77 new scholars from across the world will take up their places in the autumn
We know that these scholars will flourish in the rich, international community at Cambridge and will go on to make a significant impact in their fields and to the wider global community.Professor Eilís Ferran
The Gates Cambridge Class of 2023 made up of 77 outstanding new scholars has been officially announced.
The Gates Cambridge scholarship programme is the University of Cambridge’s flagship international postgraduate scholarship programme.
It was established through a US$210 million donation to the University of Cambridge from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000; this remains the largest single donation to a UK university. Since the first class in 2001, Gates Cambridge has awarded 2,100 scholarships to scholars from 112 countries who represent more than 700 universities globally, and more than 80 academic departments and all 31 Colleges at Cambridge.
This year 77 Gates Cambridge Scholars from across the world will join the community when they start their studies in the autumn. In addition to generous funding to do their research, with no age limit on candidates, they will benefit from the strong sense of community and identity that has been forged by their predecessors and an absolute commitment to improving the lives of others.
They come from 32 countries and are studying subjects ranging from the links between sleep patterns and the retrieval of emotional memories to what we can learn about biodiversity from burying beetles. The class comprises 44 women and 33 men.
Professor Eilís Ferran, Provost of the Gates Cambridge Trust, said: “It gives me great pleasure to announce the class of 2023. These scholars, who have been selected by our expert Selection Panels, reflect the mission of the Gates Cambridge Trust established through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s generous and historic gift to the University of Cambridge.
“Like their predecessors, they are both intellectually outstanding and demonstrate the kind of leadership qualities needed to tackle the complex global challenges we face today.
“We know that these scholars will flourish in the rich, international community at Cambridge and will go on to make a significant impact in their fields and to the wider global community.”
*A list of the class of 2023 on the Gates Cambridge’s Directory page and a feature story on the announcement can be found on the University of Cambridge website here. Picture of Scholar-Elect Michael Allison.