OURS National Scholarships

Janani Mohan : Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Janani Mohan (’19, Political Science) is pursuing a PhD in Politics and International Studies at Cambridge University, researching European nuclear & human rights frameworks, after receiving a Master’s in International Policy from Stanford University. She is a policy analyst with a background in technology, development, and security policy for leading think tanks, government, and international organizations. Her experiences include collaborating with the United Nations Innovation Cell to monitor open-source information from the War in Ukraine, consulting with the United Nations Development Programme in South Africa to increase technology access for marginalized youth, supporting the U.S. Department of State on nuclear nonproliferation initiatives, and researching at Stanford University on human rights institutions in Southeast Asia. Janani is also an avid researcher and author, publishing with organizations like the Stimson Center, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, and Smithsonian Institution. She has represented her research at international conferences including at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Austria, Nehru Memorial Museum in India, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the U.S. Beyond her diverse policy interests, she co-founded a nonprofit that provided free career development and mental health mentorship virtually in more than 35 countries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Janani is especially passionate about promoting youth literacy and education, and has tutored immigrant youth in core subjects, organized textbook donations for low-income schools, and become certified in TEFL to teach English as a foreign language.