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“Established in 1963 at the recommendation of Winston Churchill himself, the Winston Churchill Foundation is the only organization in the United States that bears his name and that was authorized by Sir Winston. The 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 Churchill College, the University of Cambridge. The newest of the colleges at the University of Cambridge, Churchill College was built in tribute to Winston Churchill, who in the years after the Second World War presciently recognized the growing importance of science and technology for prosperity and security. Churchill College focuses on the sciences, engineering, and mathematics, but Churchill Scholars pursue their research in a wide variety of programs and laboratories.

In addition to the academic treasures of Cambridge University, the Churchill Scholarships provide the opportunity to experience life in England and to visit the country’s archeological, historical, and artistic monuments, to forge new friendships with students from Great Britain and from around the world, to see the United States from a new perspective, and to gain the many personal insights that come from living abroad and adjusting to new ways and new challenges.”

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The Churchill Scholarship provides for a year of graduate study in engineering, mathematics, or science at Churchill College, Cambridge University. At least 14 awarded per year. 

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 Scholarship Program or a student who has graduated from one of those institutions within the past 12 months. Upon taking up the Churchhill Scholarship, a Churchill Scholar must hold a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent, and may not have attained a doctorate. 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.

Eligible Fields

Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biological Anthropology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Speech and Language Processing, Engineering, Environment and Development, Epidemiology, Genetics, Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics, Metallurgy and Materials Science, Microelectronic Engineering and Semiconductor Physics, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physics, Plant Sciences, Polar Studies, Quarternary Science, Scientific Computing, and Zoology. Visit the Churchill website for instructions and for a more expansive list of eligible programs.

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 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.

CAMPUS DEADLINE: October 18, this includes all letters of recommendation

  1. Please visit the Churchill Scholarship website and follow the instructions outlined.
  2. If you do not have one on file, download and submit the confidentiality waiver to
  3. Applications and letters of recommendation will be submitted electronically through the online application system. The application will come to the fellowships office and will be forwarded to the committee on fellowships for review.

The deliberations of the committee are confidential. Feedback will not be provided after the committee meets and makes a decision.

Please email with questions about the application process.

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