These scholarships, which are among the most prestigious of international academic awards, are part of a scholarship programme established by a very substantial donation to the University from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000. Olga is one of 55 successful candidates; following a process of selection at Departmental and University levels candidates were interviewed. Candidates are expected to have an outstanding academic record and research proposal, but also to have demonstrated significant leadership qualities and social committment. Olga, who studied for a BSc at Moscow State University of Railway Transport, a BA degree from Cambridge and is currently undertaking the MPhil degree, is training for ordained ministry in the Church of England. She is also involved in a church-based initiative mentoring young student leaders and volunteers at a College Chapel. Olga will be undertaking research on the Hebrew Bible under the supervision of Dr Nathan MacDonald, Lecturer in Hebrew Bible.