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International Development Research @ Cambridge


Delivered by the Office for Postdoctoral Affairs (OpDA), the Borysiewicz Biomedical Sciences Fellowships take outstanding Cambridge postdocs and develop them into motivated, strategic future leaders ready to pursue a range of global questions and problems. In the first year, Fellows spend time in small groups, pursuing a Global Challenge in collaboration with mentors and experts from industry, enterprise, policy, government and academia leading to a tangible output. 


GC Connect

Aims and goals

Accelerating progress in addressing Global Challenges by connecting problem solvers with community-scale problems.

  1. Complement existing CGC and CGE networks of solution seekers.
  2. Create a purpose-built platform that enables easy access to community-scale problems
  3. Develop a framework to dissect and articulate gathered problems to address and appeal to diverse communities of experts.
  4. Connect processed community-scale problems with those who have the interest and capacity to develop solutions.

Find further information here.


GCConnect brings together an interdisciplinary team with different origins united in their passion for social impact and innovation. GCConnect is supported by the Centre for Global Equality (CGE), Cambridge Global Challenges (CGC), the Borysiewicz Biomedical Science Fellowship and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPDA).



About the Borysiewicz Biomedical Sciences Fellowship

The Borysiewicz Biomedical Sciences Fellowships have been developed in honour of Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, a pioneer in the biomedical sciences, who when Vice-Chancellor of the University led and shaped the development of key provisions for Cambridge’s postdoc community.  The Borysiewicz Fellowships will take outstanding Cambridge postdocs and develop them into motivated, strategic future leaders ready to pursue a range of global questions and problems. The programme will provide a unique mixture of purposeful and outcome-driven engagement opportunities for postdocs both within and outside their area of expertise, which will develop their skills as leaders and lead to a chance to pursue truly independent work on novel ideas.

Welcome to Cambridge Global Challenges

Cambridge Global Challenges is the Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population.


Join the Interdisciplinary Research Centre

Register to Cambridge Global Challenges and to the IRC's mailing list here.


Learn about the support we provide 

Learn how Cambridge Global Challenges can support your research here.


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