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Inside JGU 2021 - Issue 3 (March)

JGLS Graduate awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship 2021

Mr. Rishabh Bajoria, who graduated in 2019 from Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), has joined the highly coveted list of Gates Cambridge Scholars. Mr. Bajoria is one of the nine Indian scholars who have been awarded this scholarship among the 74 new Gates Cambridge Scholars for the Class of 2021. 

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship Programme is one of the world’s renowned international postgraduate scholarship programmes offered by the University of Cambridge. With an aim to build a global network of future leaders, the programme was established in October 2000, with a donation of US$210 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge. Since 2001, the programme has awarded over 2,000 scholarships to scholars from 111 countries who represent more than 600 universities globally. 

In addition to generous funding to do their research, the Gates Scholars also benefit from the strong sense of camaraderie built by their predecessors with a commitment to improving the lives of others. Each year Gates Cambridge offers 80 full-cost scholarships to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Approximately two-thirds of these awards will be offered to PhD students, with approximately 25 awards available in the US round and 55 available in the international round. 

There are at least 225 scholars from 50 countries studying in Cambridge at any one time who pursue the full range of subjects available at the University and are spread across its departments and Colleges. The Gates Cambridge mission is to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. It aims to achieve this mission by selecting outstanding scholars, providing them with financial and non-financial support at one of the world’s leading universities and facilitating community building at and beyond Cambridge.

The selection criteria are:

  • outstanding intellectual ability
  • reasons for choice of course
  • a commitment to improving the lives of others
  • leadership potential

Mr. Bajoria is a PhD student in Legal Studies and is examining the historical trajectories of international law through the Indus Waters Treaty of 1960. 

In his message to JGU, Mr. Bajoria said, “Jindal provided me the institutional ecosystem to interact with phenomenal tutors and peers who were formative influences on me. I was pushed to ask difficult questions about the way in which law structures our political and social world. I hope to continue pursuing my curiosity through the PhD.”