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UCCGS Gates Cambridge International Scholars-elect 2019

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Gates LogoUCCGS Gates Cambridge International Scholars-elect 2019

Ninety of the most academically outstanding and socially committed postgraduates have been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge, including the first from Mongolia and Burundi. The 90 scholars who make up the Class of 2019 are citizens of 37 different countries and this year 27 universities have produced their first Gates Cambridge Scholar.

We are delighted to announce that Ms Ola Osman, PhD in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies, has been awarded a Gates International Scholarship for 2019-20:


Ms Ola Osman


I am a Sudanese-Canadian student, I grew up in London, Ontario and received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario’s Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research. I am currently completing an MSt in Women’s Studies at the University of Oxford as a Clarendon and Prince Sultan Scholarships holder. My research deploys African and Black feminist thought to explore how gender, race, motherhood, mourning, capitalism and militarism can be examined at the international level. During my PhD in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies, I aim to investigate how ex-combatant Liberian women have fared in the areas of reintegration and participation in Liberian society fifteen years after the end of the civil war. As a Black feminist scholar, I write to fill the archival abyss that has obliterated Black women’s stories of suffering and resistance in a world where our personal lives are urgently political.

Previous Education

Oxford University 2019 MSt Women's Studies

University of Western Ontario 2018 Honours Spec. in Women's Studies


We will also welcome a second Gates International Scholar in 2019-20, Miss Reetika Subramanian, PhD in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies. 


Miss Reetika Subramanian 2


Early marriage and bridal trafficking in Rajasthan, sexual violence in Mumbai, female circumcision among Dawoodi Bohras: my experiences as a journalist and researcher have exposed me to diverse geographies, socio-economic realities and cultural prejudices that young women across India face. Home, however, is the place where I first found my bearings. As a survivor of domestic violence, my feminism was defined by my mother's everyday negotiations within the structures that cultivate and normalise the culture of silence. It drove me to challenge patriarchal notions of leadership and become sensitive to differences. Gender became a way of seeing the world. Backed by my rich field insights, multimedia skills and a feminist consciousness, I am excited to return to Cambridge to pursue my PhD as a Gates Cambridge scholar. My study straddles the areas of climate justice and gender equality. In India's historically drought-prone and caste-ridden Marathwada region, I seek to combine a multi-sited feminist ethnography with an informed interpretation of oral folk poetry, to understand the historical compulsions, lived experiences and gendered labour burdens of Dalit and Adivasi girls in a climate crisis. My fundamental interest in pursuing the project stems from my yearning to reconcile collaborative storytelling with pressing marginalised realities.

Applying a gender lens to climate change

Previous education

University of Cambridge 2017, MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies
Tata Institute of Social Sciences 2015, Media and Cultural Studies