Applications are invited for Churchill scholarships available to US graduates of the more than one hundred colleges. The program offers an opportunity to pursue graduate studies in engineering, mathematics, or the sciences for one year at the University of Cambridge.
The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States is a not-for-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) and is classified as a public charity under sections 509(a)(1) and 179(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code.
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The Foundation does not require a minimum GPA, but recent Churchill Scholars have had a GPA of at least 3.7 and usually have 3.9 or above.
- Application Deadline: October 31, 2019
- Course Level: MPhil (Master of Philosophy) and MASt (Master of Advanced Study)
- Study Subject: Science, mathematics, and engineering. Applicants for the Kanders Churchill Scholarship simply apply to the Master’s in Public Policy at the University of Cambridge and indicate that you would like to be considered for that award.
- Number of Awards: 15 annually.
- Nationality: Students from the USA
- The award can be taken in the UK
- Eligible Countries: Students from the USA can apply for these Churchill scholarships.
- Entrance Requirements: An applicant for the Churchill Scholarship must be a citizen of the United States, either native-born or naturalized, and must be a senior who is enrolled in one of the institutions participating in the program or a student who has graduated from one of those institutions within the past 12 months. Upon taking up the Churchill Scholarship, a Churchill Scholar must hold a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent, and may not have attained a doctorate.
How to Apply: These instructions are for the 15 Churchill Scholarships available in science, mathematics, and engineering. Applicants for the Kanders Churchill Scholarship simply apply to the Master’s in Public Policy at the University of Cambridge and indicate that you would like to be considered for that award.
Before you apply
1. Check that you are eligible
The Churchill award is open to US citizens who are in their senior year or have just graduated from one of our Participating Institutions. Please check Eligibility before you apply.
2. Select a course
Choosing the right course for you can be far from straightforward, and you should check the Programs of Study page for a list of eligible and ineligible courses. Applicants interested in the MASt in mathematics should first read the Foundation’s guide, Part III Mathematics for Churchill Scholars.
1. Fill out the online application
Only online applications will be considered. Register at https://churchillscholarships.fluidreview.com/ and fill out your application at that website.
You can look at an overview of the application questions here: Application form overview
In addition to the application form, you will also need to supply a 1-page Proposed Program of Study, a 2-page Personal Statement, your transcript, and correspondence with a potential lab supervisor (if applicable). All this is explained in detail at the online application portal.
2. Request four academic letters of recommendation
Please print out this form and hand it to your recommendation writers. They must submit their letters of recommendation directly to your institution’s Scholarship Office.
3. Apply to the University of Cambridge by October 10, 2018
The Churchill award is only tenable at Churchill College, so you must put Churchill College as your first choice on the Cambridge application. The grant is only for a 1-year Master’s degree, so your application must be for an MPhil or MASt.
4. Complete the application
Complete your online application and press “SUBMIT.” Your application is not complete until your institution nominates you. If you are selected as a nominee by your institution, you may request to “unsubmit” your application by contacting the Foundation at the number or email address below. You can then continue to work on it until close to the nomination deadline. Work with your local scholarship office to ensure that there is enough time for them to upload your letters of recommendation before the deadline. Each Participating Institution can nominate up to two applicants.
Applicants are normally notified of the results by mid-January and awards are announced publicly by early February.
All programmatic and technical questions should be addressed to the Foundation.
The Churchill award is worth around $60,000, depending on the exchange rate. It covers all University and College fees (currently about $40,000). In addition, Churchill Scholars receive a living allowance, which in 2018-19 is £11,083 if enrolled in a nine-month program, £13,447 if enrolled in an eleven-month program, and £14,777 if enrolled in a full-year program. They receive an allowance of up to $1,500 for travel to and from the United Kingdom, as well as reimbursement of application fees for a UK visa and health surcharge (currently over $500). The Foundation also offers the possibility of a Special Research Grant of up to $2,000. This grant may cover travel for presentations at international conferences, short stays at another university or institute for special research, and other activities. Married students should consult with the Foundation about additional support in accordance with the guidelines of the University of Cambridge.