Gates Cambridge have announced the results for their US Scholarship 2015-16, and five out of the forty students selected will be joining POLIS this autumn.
The successful candidates were whittled down from a field of 755 applicants.
Miss Karin Bashir will be joining the MPhil in Public Policy program; she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan and has studied and worked in Egypt and Bahrain. She is currently working with Syrian refuges in Turkey.
Ms Jocelyn Perry will be joining the MPhil in International Relations and Politics program; she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and has travelled and worked throughout Asia and South America. She plans to research post-conflict reconstruction with a focus on Africa’s Great Lakes region whilst at Cambridge.
Mr George Saba will be joining the MPhil in International Relations and Politics program; he is currently studying at Stanford University, and has worked as a research assistant for Dr. Condoleezza Rice and as a White House Intern for the Obama Administration. During his time in Cambridge, he plans to research gun control policies in countries that have passed major legislation after mass shootings.
Mr Daniel Barcia will be joining the MPhil in International Relations and Politics program; he is currently studying at Harvard University and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard College Human Rights Review. He plans to focus on economic development and U.S. foreign policy whilst at Cambridge.
Mr Yusef Al-Jarani will be joining the MPhil in Development Studies program; he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago.
The postgraduate scholarship programme was established through a US$210 million donation to the University of Cambridge from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2001, which remains the largest single donation to a UK university. Competition for places is fierce and the programme is unique in its emphasis on social leadership as well as outstanding academic ability.