Through the program, fifty-five men and women representing thirty-four countries will receive scholarships to pursue graduate studies at Cambridge University. This year's cohort, which includes the first Gates Cambridge Scholars from Bosnia and Herzegovina and from Luxembourg — as well as the first Native American Scholar — will pursue research in a range of fields, from RNA and DNA modification and law, to conservation, chemistry, and German language and literature.
In February, the trust announced the names of thirty-five Gates Cambridge Scholars from thirty-four colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Established in 2001 with a $210 million endowment gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the program selects recipients based on their academic ability and leadership potential.
"Gates Cambridge Scholars come from all over the world, but they have some important things in common: great leadership potential, a commitment to improving the lives of others and an unparalleled passion for learning," said Gates Foundation co-chair Bill Gates. "Melinda and I are pleased to welcome the class of 2017. We have no doubt they will have an incredible impact on topics of global importance."