The Winston Churchill Foundation's scholarship program offers American students of exceptional ability and outstanding academic achievement the opportunity to pursue one year of graduate studies in engineering, mathematics, or the sciences at the University of Cambridge. Churchill College focuses on the sciences, engineering, and mathematics, but Churchill scholars pursue their research in a wide variety of programs and laboratories.
The Churchill Scholarship covers all University and College tuition and fees, which amount to $25,000. In addition, students receive a living allowance of £11,000 if enrolled in a nine-month academic program and £13,000 if enrolled in a full-year academic program. They also receive a travel allowance of up to $5,000; there is also the possibility of a Special Research Grant of up to $2,000. Depending on the field of study and recent rates of exchange, the value of a Churchill Scholarship is approximately $44,000 to $50,000.
At least 14 Churchill Scholarships, tenable for nine, ten, eleven, or twelve months, depending on the academic program, are offered annually. Competition is intense: usually there are about 160 applications from more than eighty undergraduate institutions.
FIELDS OF STUDY
Science, mathematics, and engineering, all at University of Cambridge.
Applicants must be citizens of the United States and must be enrolled in one of the institutions participating in the scholarship competition. Upon taking up a Churchill Scholarship, one must be between the ages of 19 and 26, hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a United States college or university, and may not have attained a doctorate.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
- Exceptional academic achievement in all disciplines, but especially the major, as indicated by course grades [a GPA of at least 3.7].
- Scores on the Graduate Record Examination. Applicants are required to take the general aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination, and they should be certain to take it in time for the scores to be reported to the Churchill Foundation no later than the end of November. The MCAT may be taken instead of the GRE.
- A capacity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics by pursuing original, creative work at an advanced level as demonstrated by awards and prizes and by letters of reference. Applicants in the sciences and engineering will show extensive laboratory experience, internships, or other related work, while applicants in mathematics will show substantial independent work or other projects.
- Outstanding personal qualities.
Nomination application deadline is April 15, Churchill application deadline is in November.
To apply for a Churchill Scholarship, interested candidates must be nominated by their undergraduate institution.
To be nominated, see Middlebury's British Nomination Information.
Selected nominees will work with the fellowships adviser to prepare for the final submission deadline in November.
The Churchill Foundation Scholarship Screening Committee, comprised of former Churchill Scholars who are expert in various disciplines, evaluates the applications and endorses those considered most qualified for a Scholarship.
Applicants are notified in January whether or not they have been endorsed by the Screening Committee.
The Winston Churchill Foundation makes final decisions on Churchill Scholarship winners and announces them no later than the third week of January.
More information may be found on the Churchill website (see below). Applicants must apply separately to the University of Cambridge by mid-fall; please see their website for program-specific deadlines.