From the 90 students, seven are Indians who got selected for their outstanding achievement in terms of their academics & social commitment and were awarded the Gates Cambridge Scholarship 2019 that was announced by the university on Thursday. The names of those seven Indians with their fields of study are:
- Arjun Ashoka (PhD in Physics)
- Kanupriya Sharma (PhD in Criminology)
- Reetika Subramanian (PhD in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies)
- Avani Vieira (PhD in English)
- Nitika Mummidivaparu (MPhil in the History and Philosophy of Science)
- Nishant Gokhale (PhD in Legal Studies)
- Dhruv Nandamudi (PhD in Biological Science)
The 90 scholars who got selected are citizens of 37 different countries for the class of 2019. The Cambridge Vice-Chancellor and Chair of the Gates Cambridge Trustees, Stephen Toope, said that these scholars are an extraordinary group of people who not only demonstrated their outstanding academic abilities in their field but have also shown a real commitment to engaging with the world – and to changing it for the better.
This competitive international postgraduate scholarship programme was launched in 2000, with a $210 million donation to the University of Cambridge from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This foundation is the largest single donation to a UK university in history.