Comparative Literature Alumna Receives Prestigious International Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Published: March 15, 2016

Sanna Alas (B.A.S., Human Biology & Society, Comparative Literature ’15) has been selected as one of 35 US scholars to receive the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Sanna will begin her Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine program in the Cambridge University Department of History and Philosophy of Science this Fall.

The Gates postgraduate scholarship programme was established through a $210 million donation to the University of Cambridge from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000, which remains the largest single donation to a UK university. Since the first class of Scholars in 2001 more than 1,500 Gates Cambridge Scholarships have been awarded to Scholars, with a gender balance of approximately 50% men and women, from 103 countries and 600 universities (more than 200 in the USA) who have studied in 80 academic departments and all 31 Cambridge Colleges.Competition for places is fierce – with more than 4,500 applications for 90 scholarships each year. Scholars are selected on the basis of both outstanding academic ability and social leadership.Bios and photos of Sanna and the other new US Scholars are available from the New Scholars page –