The UK-based Gates Cambridge Trust has announced the 2019 class of Gates Cambridge Scholars.
This year's cohort of ninety scholars will pursue graduate studies at the University of Cambridge, with a third studying for a master's degree and two-thirds pursuing their PhDs in areas of studies ranging from human trafficking and cybersecurity, to the early detection of esophageal cancer, to the genetics of TB resistance. This year's cohort includes citizens from thirty-seven countries, including the first Gates Scholars from Burundi and Mongolia.
Established in 2001 with a $210 million endowment gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the program selects students based on their academic ability and commitment to improving the lives of others.
"The Gates Cambridge Scholars are an extraordinary group of people," said Stephen Toope, vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge and chair of the Gates Cambridge trustees. "Not only have they demonstrated outstanding academic abilities in their field, but they have also shown a real commitment to engaging with the world — and to changing it for the better. They truly embody the values our university cherishes — excellence, a global outlook and an aspiration to contribute to society."