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.

More information on the Churchill Scholarships.


The Churchill Scholarship covers all University and College tuition and fees, a living stipend, and travel allowance; there is also the possibility of a Special Research Grant.

Number Offered

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.

Field 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; typically 3.9+ are more competitive).
  • 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.
  • Nominees must also apply independently to the graduate program at Cambridge University and meet those admission requirements.


Nomination application deadline is in April, Churchill application deadline is November 1.

Application Process

To apply for Middlebury nomination and see the current nomination application deadline, see the information at UK-Irish Scholarships.

Selected nominees will work with the fellowships advisor to prepare for the final Churchill submission deadline. Separate applications to the selected program at Cambridge must be made.


Lisa Gates, Associate Dean for Fellowships and Research
Davis Family Library 225G
(802) 443-3183

Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research
Davis Family Library, Suite 225
Middlebury, VT 05753