Siddhartha Kar

Siddhartha Kar

  • Alumni
  • India
  • 2012 PhD Public Health and Primary Care
  • Hughes Hall

I studied medicine at the Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College and trained as a doctor at the Sassoon General Hospitals in Pune, India. I hold an MPH degree in epidemiology from the University of Texas at Houston in the US, where I pursued graduate research training in genomics at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. I received a PhD in genetic epidemiology from the University of Cambridge in the UK in 2017, as a Gates Cambridge Scholar and as the first Homerton College Junior Research Fellow in Clinical Medicine. I was subsequently awarded a Future Leaders Fellowship by UK Research and Innovation in 2020, enabling me to establish a research group at the University of Bristol that uses inherited genetic variation to investigate the causes and correlates of tumour genomic features with the aim of informing the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of common cancers.

Who can apply?

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  • a citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom
  • applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge:
    • PhD
    • MPhil/MLitt
    • One year postgraduate course (with some exceptions – see below)

Current student at Cambridge?

If you are currently studying at Cambridge and wish to apply for a new postgraduate course you can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. For example, if you are currently studying for an MPhil you can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue a PhD. Current Gates Cambridge Scholars may also apply for a second scholarship if they are applying for a new degree. All current Cambridge students will be considered in round two. However, if you have already started a course you cannot apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to fund the remainder of it.

General funding at Cambridge

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Courses which are NOT eligible for Gates Cambridge Scholarships:

  • Any Undergraduate degree, such as BA (undergraduate) or BA affiliated (a second BA)
  • Business Doctorate (BusD)
  • Master of Business (MBA)
  • Master of Finance (MFin)
  • PGCE
  • MBBChir Clinical Studies
  • MD Doctor of Medicine degree (6 years, part-time)
  • Graduate Course in Medicine (A101)
  • Part-time degrees
  • Non-degree courses
  • From September 2022, ​MASt courses – MASt courses are treated as undergraduate courses for fee purposes and applications will no longer be accepted from September 2022, for courses starting in October 2023 onwards.