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Kizza Besigye's son Anselm gets PhD scholarship at Columbia University

The executive director of UNAIDS Winnie Byanyima took to X to reveal that her son with Dr. Kizza Besigye, Anselm, will be joining Columbia University for a fully-funded PhD programme.

Anselm Besigye

"With offers of a fully-funded PhD programme from ⁦@UniofOxford [,] @UofC⁩ and @Columbia [,] @akbesigye⁩ has today accepted the offer from @Columbia," she posted. "Tough decision to say bye to beloved @UofC⁩ & turn down Oxford. All the best AKB. Proud Mum."

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Columbia University, officially Columbia University in the City of New York, is a private university in New York City, United States. Established in 1754 as King's College on the grounds of Trinity Church in Manhattan, it is the oldest institution of higher education in New York and the fifth-oldest in the United States. It is part of the Ivy League.

Anselm had also been offered scholarships at the University of Oxford and the University of Chicago.

One of Byanyima's followers posed a question: How do people get hands-on these kings of scholarships, because we be [sic] hunting for them on the Internet and other platforms but all in vain, please madam acknowledge and please if you gat [sic] one for an undergraduate, I am here and willing to relocate?

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She responded: He applied to the universities directly, submitted his PhD draft proposal, samples of his writing, including a summary of his Master's thesis, etc., and submitted within the timelines set. He was then shortlisted and interviewed. Good luck to you. Keep trying.

Byanyima, who is the executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), has been married to Besigye since 1999. Anselm is their only known child together.

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