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Below you will find comprehensive information about your Gates Cambridge Scholarship and the many elements of the current scholar community. You can use the table of contents at the top of the page to navigate to the relevant section and also ctrl+f (or Apple button +F) to find any content on the page.

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  6. Budgeting
  7. Policies & regulations
  8. Events & activities
  9. Networking & resources
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  11. Outreach and promotion
  12. Help, support & well-being
  13. Contact

Who's who

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

  • 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
Ms Anwesha Lahiri

Ms Anwesha Lahiri

  • 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

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 Nicholas Goldrosen

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

Mr Nicholas Goldrosen

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

Ms Emilie Hertig

  • Treasurer
  • Contact the Treasurer at treasurer@gatescouncil.org
Ms Emilie Hertig

Ms Emilie Hertig

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

My passion for astronomy has been an integral part of most of my life: as I realized at the age of 12 that current theories only explain 5% of the cosmos, making a scientific contribution that would shed light on the dark sector of cosmology became my main career goal. Several years later, this unwavering curiosity motivated my Honours thesis centred on the calibration of the CHIME telescope. I then collaborated with the H0LiCOW team, analysing lensed quasars as probes of the Hubble constant, before focusing on the use of machine learning to search for deviations from general relativity in gravitational waves. While studying quantum field theory, I became fascinated by the interconnectedness between the smallest and largest scales of the universe, a central issue in inflationary physics. My PhD will aim to detect signatures of primordial gravitational waves in the CMB and constrain models of the early universe. Despite the abstract nature of my topic, I hope for my research to make a broader impact through the development of computational methods with a wide range of applications. Becoming a Gates Scholar is a great honour which will also allow me to build upon my experience with science outreach and advocating for women in STEM.

Previous Education

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Physics 2021
University of British Columbia Physics 2019
Ecole Polytechnique federale de lausanne Physics 2019

Mr Vishal Vasanthakumar

  • Internal Officer
  • The Internal Officer organises Internal Symposia each term and the Annual Gates Weekend of Research. Contact the Internal Officer at internal@gatescouncil.org
Mr Vishal Vasanthakumar

Mr Vishal Vasanthakumar

  • Internal Officer
  • The Internal Officer organises Internal Symposia each term and the Annual Gates Weekend of Research. Contact the Internal Officer at internal@gatescouncil.org

What does education do? What roles does education play in shaping people’s identities, values and lifeworlds? Having worked as a teacher, a political consultant and a program manager with state education departments in India, I have been keen to derive a deeper understanding of what education does. My first book, titled “The Smart and the Dumb”, takes a journalistic view of how education and culture intersect in India and is due for release in early 2023 by Penguin Randomhouse. My PhD research will focus on how elite education in India creates and reproduces caste and class identities. Through my research, I hope to unpack the mechanisms of how identities reproduce and manifest themselves in new forms through education and how elites contribute to these dynamics.

Previous Education

Harvard University International Education Policy 2020
Anna University Mechanical Engineering 2016

Ms Spatika Jayaram

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

Ms Spatika Jayaram

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

There is as much poetry in understanding the brain, as there is science. I had the opportunity to pursue both these during my undergraduate degree at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali. After working on Schizophrenia at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, I completed my final year thesis on memory formation at the Indian Institute of Science. My graduate research at Oxford interested me in examining how brain circuits contribute to mood disorders. The ways in which early-life experiences predispose individuals towards mental illnesses require examining changes in a developing brain. In my Ph.D., I hope to explore how such changes in the prefrontal cortex can lead to the early onset of neuropsychiatric disorders, by examining their impacts on behaviours that are commonly dysregulated across these conditions. Through my research, I hope to identify critical periods of development and arrive at a better understanding of specific prefrontal circuits that can be targets of early intervention.

Previous Education

University of Oxford Neuroscience 2023
Indian Institute of Science Ed & Research Mohali Biology 2022

Mr Zhaoting Justin Wei

  • Communications Officer
  • The Communications Officer is the conduit for assembling and distributing information to and about the Scholar community. Contact the Communications Officer at comms@gatescouncil.org
Mr Zhaoting Justin Wei

Mr Zhaoting Justin Wei

  • Communications Officer
  • The Communications Officer is the conduit for assembling and distributing information to and about the Scholar community. Contact the Communications Officer at comms@gatescouncil.org

Born and raised in Hong Kong, I am very grateful to have had teachers who from early on nurtured my passion for historical inquiry. My research to date has centred around post-imperial projects of world-making and solidarity. As an undergraduate, I investigated postcolonial economic thought in the Caribbean, with a particular focus on Michael Manley, members of the New World Group, and advocacy for the New International Economic Order. During my MPhil, I returned to the topic of the New International Economic Order, examining how various British constituencies responded to this bold programme demanding global economic reform. At Cambridge, I intend to explore an adjacent instance of postcolonial ‘world-making’ by examining how networks and expressions of Afro-Asian solidarity in support of the Black Power movement emerged and evolved – both across the Caribbean and within the United Kingdom. I hope that this research will shed light not only on how intersectional solidarity manifests and operates, but also on the implications of such historical solidarity for contemporary anti-racism movements. I am honoured to be able to pursue this research as part of the Gates Cambridge community.

Previous Education

University of Cambridge Economic and Social History 2022
Harvard University History 2021

Miss Mayumi Sato

  • 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 Mayumi Sato

Miss Mayumi Sato

  • 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

Growing up in Asia and North America, I have always felt contradicting experiences of identity, one that oscillates between the desire to belong in a new country and the desire to remember my home roots, while ultimately finding myself not fully accepted in either. From a young age, I used my personal experiences as an opportunity to make sense of the world, and to unpack the societies I moved through. Between academic degrees, I worked on issues of reforestation, gender and social equity in forest landscapes, and land resettlement and reparations in Asia, North America, and Europe. My studies and work has allowed me to develop my current research interests, which focus on the intersection between environment and social justice. My research is centered on practices of environmental justice and resistance, which serve as broader social struggles for freedom and land recognition and reclamation. Through my research, I hope to share public-facing knowledge and flatten the power hierarchies between how "research" is credited and produced, and to translate scholarship in ways that are accessible and useful within and outside the academy.

Previous Education

University of Cambridge Sociology 2020
McGill University Honours Geography 2017

Ms Tanvi Rao

  • Alumni Officer
  • The Alumni Officer works to connect the Scholar and Alumni communities. Contact the Alumni Officer at alumni@gatescouncil.org
Ms Tanvi Rao

Ms Tanvi Rao

  • Alumni Officer
  • The Alumni Officer works to connect the Scholar and Alumni communities. Contact the Alumni Officer at alumni@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

Mr Joshua Weygant

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

Mr Joshua Weygant

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

"Can we print a functional intestine?" This was my first question when I saw how living cells were printed with a 3D printer. It's perhaps oddly specific, but due to Hirschsprung disease, a large part of my intestine was removed when I was a baby, and I spent countless days in the hospital. Therefore, I know how advances in science and technology can dramatically increase patients' quality of life, and these experiences formed my research interest. I first studied physics engineering at the RheinMain University, and then, during my Masters at the University of Freiburg, I fell in love with the field of biofabrication, which also led me to research at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School. In Cambridge, I will investigate how we can utilize bioprinting to fabricate multi-organ-on-chip systems which potentially can be used for personalized medicine. Next to science, I am passionate about higher-education politics. I believe everybody, regardless of their social and economic background, should have the same opportunities for an education, which is simply not the case yet. I am incredibly honored to join the Gates Cambridge community and deeply grateful to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for their support.

Previous Education

Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg Microsystems Engineering 2022
Hochschule RheinMain (HSRM) Physics Engineering 2018

Mr Leonardo F. Souza-McMurtrie

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

Mr Leonardo F. Souza-McMurtrie

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

Hi, I'm Leo. I do research on international law and international conflicts!

Previous Education

Queen Mary, University of London International Disputes 2020
Amazon Federal University Law 2018

Mr Stephen Metcalf

  • Learning for Purpose 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
Mr Stephen Metcalf

Mr Stephen Metcalf

  • Learning for Purpose 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 eastern Kentucky, in the heart of the Appalachian region of the United States, I was fascinated by questions of meaning in life and devastated by the hardship I witnessed at home and abroad. Education has been my ticket to exploring these two themes: meaning and inequity. With generous support through the Brown Fellows Program, I immersed myself in the liberal arts and sciences at Centre College, studying neuroscience and mathematics as well as philosophy and religion. I lived as a monastic for a summer in a Buddhist monastery in Taiwan, investigated crime scenes and defended the underserved in Washington, DC, and carried out a final-year thesis on spiritual memoirs and autobiographies. After examining the association between the immune system and mental illness through the MPhil in Epidemiology at Cambridge, I joined research teams at Dartmouth College, where we have explored self-regulation as a mechanism of behaviour change and conducted policy-focused research on the US opioid crisis. During my PhD I will address a critical question: Given similar histories of adversity, why do some children do better than others? Studying resilience may help us improve well-being and could lead toward greater health and educational equity. I look forward to working with others in the Gates Cambridge community as we explore fundamental life questions and help others thrive.

Previous Education

University of Cambridge Master of Philosophy Epidemiology 2015
Centre College Bachelor of Science Behavioral Neuroscience 2014

Links

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=-tyJuPAAAAAJ&hl=en
https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephenmetcalf

Mr Angello Alcazar

  • 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
Mr Angello Alcazar

Mr Angello Alcazar

  • 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

I was born in the second largest city located in a desert after Cairo, towards the end of a never-ending dictatorship. Growing up in Lima, I soon learned that Peru was a country which amalgamated many conflicting realities that were not easily reconciled. My drive to address some of these issues and think laterally has been the stimulus for my work as a researcher, journalist, editor and academic consultant. From a young age, my reluctance to yield to well-demarcated routes has broadened my perspectives and motivated me to find my own path while collaborating with others to create change. Covering dictatorship novels, autobiographical writing and the role of emotions in fiction, my three theses have contributed to advance knowledge at the intersection of literature and sociology. At Cambridge, my PhD project will explore how a group of South American authors grappled with pain and dissatisfaction in their artistic and extraliterary experiences through the diary form. By so doing, I hope to shed light on the value of a sentimental approach to adversity in life-writing, as well as the configurations of masculinity that emanate from it. I am deeply indebted to the Gates Cambridge Trust for giving me this unparalleled opportunity.

Previous Education

Universitat de Barcelona Advanced Literary Studies 2022
McGill University Sociology and Hispanic Studies 2020

Ms Jigisha Bhattacharya

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

Ms Jigisha Bhattacharya

  • 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 a small town in Bengal, I turned sensitive to conflicts between communities and identities from an early age. While pursuing my BA in English (Hons.) at Presidency University, Kolkata, my MA in English at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and my MPhil. in Social Sciences at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, I became interested in how literary and cultural forms share a reciprocal relationship with political ideations and events. As a firm believer in public-facing academic work, I have also curated and written extensively on gender, culture, and literature. Further, teaching undergraduate students at the Jindal Global Law School in India has taught me the transformative potential of pedagogic spaces and the need for an egalitarian academic atmosphere. The steep rise of political incarceration in contemporary India has motivated my doctoral project which traces prison experiences of Indian women activists in literary and archival expressions. Through my scholarship and community engagement, I hope to explore how conditions of marginalisation enable responsibility, solidarity, and hope.

Previous Education

Jadavpur University Social Sciences 2019
Jawaharlal Nehru University English 2017

Miss Briseyda Barrientos Ariza

  • Assistant Editor of The Scholar magazine
Miss Briseyda Barrientos Ariza

Miss Briseyda Barrientos Ariza

  • Assistant Editor of The Scholar magazine

I am from Hyattsville, Maryland and most of my childhood summers were spent in the humid climates of Guatemala––saturated in the culture of storytelling. During my studies at Towson University, I returned to the stories of my girlhood. As a recipient of the Leadership for Public Good Fellowship, I collected the oral histories of Guatemalans on their encounters with regional folkloric figures, amplifying occluded voices via cultural/archival work. I built upon my fieldwork in my thesis, where I examined the function of orature and its products as counterstories and symptoms of colonial trauma. During my MPhil at Cambridge, I will broaden my work to the larger Central American diaspora to exhibit how orature and its practice operate as a collective narratological and rhetorical (method)ology that opposition colonial narratives, allowing for new ones to emerge. By re-reckoning the violence represented in the literary and lived, I seek to reassess how narratives are constructed and taught globally through the language and experiences of the oppressed to highlight the anticolonial possibilities extant in intergenerational stories. I am honored to join the Gates Cambridge community, where we all look forward to building a better world.

Previous Education

Towson University English with Literature Track 2022
Towson University Psychology 2022

Miss Arushi Vats

  • Assistant Editor of The Scholar magazine
Miss Arushi Vats

Miss Arushi Vats

  • Assistant Editor of The Scholar magazine

After completing my graduate studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, I have worked in the culture industry of India, focusing on contemporary art of South Asia as a researcher, critic, and curator. Being involved with organisations that challenge authoritarianism, I am interested in how art and activism intersect in powerful and necessary ways. My learning in art has been shaped by ‘doing’—working with artists and collectives, working against capitulatory institutions, and working towards sites of freedom. It is a mode of learning driven by shared spaces, cross-disciplinary pollination and open pedagogies such as reading groups, writing workshops, and public seminars. Such formats of ‘thinking with’ are integral to my scholarship. My research on the mediatic transfers between the photographic and painted image emerging from cites of civic resistance in India will chart a history of lively contestation over notions of the public sphere, articulations of dissent, acts of collective organising, and assertions of difference. By engaging with the history of civic action from below, I hope to draw vital insights into the evolving political ecology of resistance, and its cultural afterlife as image and icon.

Miss Laura Isabel (Laurisa) Sastoque Pabon

  • Media Editor of The Scholar magazine
  • The Media Editor is responsible for the maintenance of The Scholar website. Email: me@gatescouncil.org
Miss Laura Isabel (Laurisa) Sastoque Pabon

Miss Laura Isabel (Laurisa) Sastoque Pabon

  • Media Editor of The Scholar magazine
  • The Media Editor is responsible for the maintenance of The Scholar website. Email: me@gatescouncil.org

Growing up in Bogotá, Colombia, I grappled with the idea of conveying a more truthful and nuanced portrayal of our people’s history to the rest of the world. In 2019, I moved to the United States to pursue a degree in History and Creative Writing, with a minor in Data Science, at Northwestern University. During my studies, I became intrigued by the stigmatization of Colombian immigrants due to our association with drug trafficking history. This interest evolved into a senior thesis that analyzed hundreds of periodical sources and oral histories to uncover how this narrative evolved. Now pursuing an MPhil in digital humanities at Cambridge, I’m merging my interests in immigration narratives and digital methods to develop a GIS map that provides a fresh perspective on the complex relationship between Colombian identity and drug trafficking. My goal is to create a digital exhibition that challenges stereotypes about global Colombians and Latin Americans, showcasing it at museums and galleries worldwide with the help of the Gates Community. I’m excited to open up new avenues for understanding and appreciation of our historical memory.

Previous Education

Northwestern University History, English, Data Science 2023

 

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
  • Dependant Children Allowance, DCA (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 or First Year of PhD: up to £500
  • Two-year degree or Second Year of PhD: up to £1,250
  • Three-year degree or longer or Third /Fourth Year(s) of PhD : up to £2,000

Please note that (a) unused funds on a given year will roll over onto the next one; you may apply for a maximum of £2000 over the whole of your PhD; (b) you can only apply for a maximum of £500 in the probationary first year of your PhD and (c) 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.

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, cameras etc.) with the exception of laptops (see below).  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.

The Trust will consider Academic Development Funding requests from scholars in their 4th year (but not in their 5th year). 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 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.

Apply for Academic Development Funding

Dependant Children Allowance (DCA)

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 Dependant Children 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 DCA 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 DCA

 

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.

Trust reviews all applications for discretionary funding individually.  The Trust retains final discretion over whether funding is awarded and the total amount.  Scholars should expect to be asked provide supporting evidence.

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

For information about how we process your data please see our privacy notice.

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 and College services

Scholars are encouraged to contact the Trust about any difficulties they may be experiencing, particular if these will have an impact on their funding and ability to complete their degree on the agreed schedule.

However, while the Trust is able to provide financial support and community building activities for scholars, it does not directly deliver educational and support services. Instead, the Trust pays fees to the Collegiate University so Gates Scholars (who are members of the University and a College) can accesses these important services.  They include

  • Mental health and wellbeing – e.g. the University’s Mental Health Change Programme and Counselling service, as well as College-based support. More details.
  • Physical health – the Trust pays the International Health Surcharge to the UK government for all scholars so they have full access to NHS services. In addition, Colleges provide support to students who require support with physical health matters. More details.
  • Academic support – this is provided by your Supervisor (PhD) or Course Director (masters) and your College Tutor. More details.
  • Accessibility and disability – the University and Colleges support scholars with disabilities in various ways, including making reasonable adjustments and providing support through the Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre. More details.

Scholars with disabilities can also contact the Trust where there is a need for financial support. The Trust will treat such requests confidentially and will review them on case-by-case basis.

  • Sexual harassment and violence support

The University’s Sexual Harassment and Violence Support Service (SHVSS) provides trauma-informed emotional and practical support. The service is for registered students who have been subjected to any form of sexual harassment or violence and/or intimate partner abuse, recently or in the past. More details.

  • Support and information for student communities – The University provides support and signposting for members of various groups, including BME, LGBTQ+, disabled students, care-experienced, care-giving and student parents. More details.
  • Complaints – the University provides a number of processes and services for students and staff to complain, including about inappropriate behaviour by other students or staff. The Trust does not have the expertise or resource to manage and adjudicate complaints from Gates Cambridge Scholars about the behaviour of other Gates Cambridge Scholars or other members of the collegiate University. Where such behaviour occurs, the Trust strongly encourages Scholars to engage with the University’s well established and professional processes. More details.

Where a scholar wishes to complain about a member of the Trust’s staff, they should write to the Provost or, in the case of the Provost, to the Chair of the Gates Cambridge Trustees.

 

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.