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Department of Social Anthropology


The Department of Social Anthropology is delighted to announce that three new Gates Cambridge Scholars will be joining the Department in Michaelmas 2021.  Ila Ananya (India) and Adaiah Hudgins-Lopez (USA) will both be joining the MPhil in Social Anthropology course and João Kelmer (Brazil) will join the PhD in Social Anthropology programme.


“The Gates Cambridge Class of 2021 will be made up of 84 outstanding scholars and we are delighted that three of these scholars will be studying in the Department”, commented Professor James Laidlaw, Head of Department.


The Gates Cambridge scholarship programme, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary, is the University of Cambridge’s leading international postgraduate scholarship programme.  It was established through a US$210 million donation to the University of Cambridge from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000; this remains the largest single donation to a UK university. Since the first class in 2001, Gates Cambridge has awarded over 2,000 scholarships to scholars from 111 countries who represent more than 600 universities globally and more than 80 academic departments and all 31 Colleges at Cambridge.

More details about the Gates Cambridge programme and the full class of 2021 scholars are available here -