The Gates Cambridge Trust have announced the outcome of the first of its two selection rounds for 2019 entry, and we are pleased to announce that a Sidney Scholar has been selected.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme was set up in October 2000 by a donation of $210m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge. This remains the largest ever single donation to a UK university.

Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The selection criteria are:

  • outstanding intellectual ability
  • leadership potential
  • a commitment to improving the lives of others
  • a good fit between the applicant's qualifications and aspirations and the postgraduate programme at Cambridge for which they are applying

The aim of the Gates Cambridge programme is to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

In the first selection round of 2019, thirty-four of the most academically outstanding and socially committed US citizens were selected to be part of the 2019 class of Gates Cambridge Scholars at the University of Cambridge.

Rodrigo Córdova Rosado, having already completed undergraduate study of Astrophysics at Harvard University, will be joining Sidney this year to embark on an MPhil in Archeology of the Americas, with a focus on Archeoastronomy. Roberto commented that he hopes to "illuminate the deep astronomical traditions of Ancient American peoples, and how these help inform our own conception of the universe, our history, and ourselves".

Biographies of all the new Scholars are available to read on Gates Cambridge website.

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