The has announced the 2017 class of .
Through the program, fifty-five men and women representing thirty-four countries will receive scholarships to pursue graduate studies at . This year's cohort, which includes the first Gates Cambridge Scholars from Bosnia and Herzegovina and from Luxembourg — as well as the first Native American Scholar — will pursue research in a range of fields, from RNA and DNA modification and law, to conservation, chemistry, and German language and literature.
In February, the trust announced the names of thirty-five Gates Cambridge Scholars from thirty-four colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Established in 2001 with a $210 million endowment gift from the , the program selects recipients based on their academic ability and leadership potential.
"Gates Cambridge Scholars come from all over the world, but they have some important things in common: great leadership potential, a commitment to improving the lives of others and an unparalleled passion for learning," said Gates Foundation co-chair Bill Gates. "Melinda and I are pleased to welcome the class of 2017. We have no doubt they will have an incredible impact on topics of global importance."