Churchill Scholarships

Winston Churchill Foundation

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Grant amount: US $50,000 - US $60,000

Anticipated deadline: Oct 31, 2020 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Masters Student

Funding uses: Scholarship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

Location of citizenship: United States

Must travel to: United Kingdom

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Overview:

Note: Each institution participating in the Churchill Scholarship Program may nominate only two candidates for the Churchill Scholarship, and each sets its own internal deadline for the local review of the Churchill Scholarship application and nomination of the two candidates selected. Please be sure to check with your Scholarship Advisor the procedures and campus deadline for the Churchill Scholarship. The deadline above is that by which the application must be sent by the Campus Representative in an email transmission to the office of the Churchill Foundation.

The Churchill Scholarship provides funding to American students for a year of Master’s study in science, mathematics, and engineering at the University of Cambridge, based at Churchill College. The Scholarship was set up at the request of Sir Winston Churchill in order to fulfill his vision of US-UK scientific exchange with the goal of advancing science and technology on both sides of the Atlantic, helping to ensure our future prosperity and security.

Many Churchill Scholars describe their year in Cambridge as the best year of their lives. What makes this program so unique?

  • It provides an opportunity for independent research (often leading to publications) that Churchill Scholars will not find again until well into their PhD programs
  • The environment is well balanced between academic work, social life, and extracurriculars
  • Churchill Scholars form friendships with their future colleagues from around the world
  • Churchill is the only college at Cambridge (or Oxford, for that matter) that is focused on STEM subjects

Please note that each institution participating in the Churchill Scholarship Program may nominate only two candidates for the Churchill Scholarship and that each sets its own internal deadline for the local review of the Churchill Scholarship application and nomination of the two candidates selected. Please be sure to check with your Scholarship Advisor the procedures and campus deadline for the Churchill Scholarship.

The Award

At least fourteen Churchill Scholarships are offered annually. The Scholarship is tenable from nine to twelve months, in accordance with the academic program.

The Churchill Scholarship is worth between $50,000 and $60,000, depending on the exchange rate. It covers all University and College fees (currently about $25,000). In addition, Churchill Scholars receive a living allowance, which in 2015-16 is £11,000 if enrolled in a nine-month program, £12,000 if enrolled in a ten- or eleven-month program, and £13,000 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 applications 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.

Find eligible programs of study here.

The criteria for the selection of Churchill Scholars include:

  • Outstanding academic achievement.
    • There is no minimum GPA, though most applicants have a very high average.
    • The Committee looks at achievement in STEM courses, especially in the major, as indicated by course grades and recommendation letters. 
  • Proven talent in research.
    • Applicants in the sciences and engineering will demonstrate extensive laboratory experience, internships, or other related work, while applicants in mathematics will show substantial independent work or other projects.
    • The Committee looks for originality and creativity.
  • Outstanding personal qualities.
    • Understanding the time commitment required by research, the Churchill Foundation does not seek so-called “well-rounded” applicants; instead, it seeks applicants with what we call interesting “jagged edges.”
    • The Committee takes into account interests and achievements outside of research, but it does not favor any particular kind of activity.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • An applicant for the Churchill Scholarship must be a citizen of the United States, either native born or naturalized and:
  • 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.
  • The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States is committed to a policy against discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental status, race, color, religion, national origin, or disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

Ineligibility:

  • Please be aware that the Foundation does not accept applications for the following:
    • MASt in Physics (Physics)
    • MPhil in Basic and Translational Neuroscience (Physiology, Development and Neuroscience)
    • MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise (Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology)
    • MPhil in Conservation Leadership (Geography)
    • MPhil in Developmental Biology (Physiology, Development and Neuroscience)
    • MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development (Engineering)
    • MPhil in Environment, Society and Development (Geography)
    • MPhil in Genomic Medicine (Medical Genetics)
    • MPhil in Genomic Science (Sanger Institute)
    • MPhil in Industrial Systems, Manufacturing and Management (Engineering)
    • MRes in Integrated Photonics and Electronic Systems (IPES-CDT) 
    • MPhil in Social and Developmental Psychology (Psychology)
    • MPhil in Technology Policy (Judge Business School)
    • MRes in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (NanoDTC)
    • Part III in Systems Biology (Systems Biology Centre)