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POLIS PhD student wins Bill Gates Sr Prize

last modified May 20, 2016 10:41 AM

POLIS is delighted to announce that Njoki Wamai, who is studying for a PhD in Politics and International Studies, is one of two Cambridge Gates Scholars who have been awarded the Bill Gates Sr Award in recognition of their outstanding research and social leadership.

Njoki was recognised for both her research and her work in promoting greater diversity in Cambridge. She is the founding president of the Cambridge East African Society (CamEAS), co-founder of the African Society of Cambridge University (ASCU) and the Black Cantabs project which aims to curate the achievements of black Cambridge alumni. Her PhD research on the politics of justice during the transitional period in Kenyan politics after the 2007-8 post election violence has identified her as one of the next generation of leading scholars in the field of peace and security in Africa.

The Bill Gates Sr Prize was established by the Gates Cambridge Trustees in June 2012, to enable Scholars to nominate a fellow Scholar in recognition of their impact and contribution to their peers whilst in residence in Cambridge.

Further detail about the award can be found here