The Cambridge Commonwealth Trust jointly sponsors the PhD scholarships to the University of Cambridge. In addition, this year, the Cavendish Laboratory is sponsoring an additional physics scholar to study in the same laboratory as did Lord Rutherford.
These scholars begin in Sept 2010.
Ms Yvette Perrott has a BA in languages and BSc (Hon) in astrophysics from the University of Auckland.
She has made significant discoveries using gravitational microlensing, finding twin planets around distant stars.
She will study in the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge.
Mr Julian Peat and Ms Naomi White both completed their BSc (Hons) at the University of Otago in 2009.
Julian studied molecular biology, particularly of RNA both in Queensland and Otago and plans to continue to examine the roles of RNA in cell regulation.
Naomi has interests both in music and psychology. She plans to study autism and evaluate group-based musical interventions to improve the social and communication skills of autistic children.