Thirty-five of the most academically brilliant and socially committed young people in the United States have been selected for one of the top international scholarships in the world — the Gates Cambridge Scholarship at the University of Cambridge. Three Harvard undergraduates are among the cohort: Caitlin Andrews, who will pursue a Ph.D. in zoology; Paul Meosky, who will pursue an M.Phil in English studies; and Kamal Obbad, who will pursue an M.Phil in advanced computer science.

The prestigious postgraduate scholarship program was established through a $210 million donation to the University of Cambridge from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000. The successful 35 U.S. candidates, 22 of whom will study for one-year master’s degree courses and 13 of whom will pursue Ph.D. degrees, were selected from an initial field of 826 applicants.