Applications are due to the CURF office by October 11, 2015.
The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States was established in 1959 as an expression of American admiration for one of the great leaders of the free world. To facilitate sharing knowledge and ideas in sciences and technology, the Foundation adopted a scholarship program to promote exchange between the United States and Great Britain. The purpose of this program is to enable outstanding American students to do graduate work in engineering, mathematics, and science at Churchill College, University of Cambridge.
Churchill College, also established in 1959, enrolls approximately 600 students, two thirds of whom are students of engineering, mathematics or science. Like the other Cambridge colleges, Churchill has its own facilities, including modern residential and dining halls, a library, common rooms, and playing fields.
At least fourteen Churchill Scholarships, tenable for one year, are offered annually. These are full scholarships which cover all fees and provide a living stipend, transport, and travel and research grants.
Churchill Scholars may choose to enroll in any field in physical or biological sciences, math, or engineering. The Churchill website will allow you to link directly to the graduate program web pages.
Eligibility and Qualifications
Applicants must apply separately for admission to the University of Cambridge by mid-October. That application must be for a Master’s degree in order for the applicant to be eligible for the Churchill Scholarship. The Cambridge Graduate Studies Prospectus and department web pages can help clarify Cambridge degree programs.
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens
- Applicants must have obtained a bachelor’s degree by the time he or she starts the Churchill, and cannot have obtained a doctorate
- Applicants must be in their final year of undergraduate study or be within 12 months of graduating
- Applicants must show achievement in academic work as indicated by course grades. Although there is no formal minimum GPA requirement, recent Churchill Scholars have had a GPA in the ballpark of 3.9 or above. Candidates whose GPAs are below 3.9 should consult with Dr. Wallace Genser at CURF to discuss whether they might be a strong candidate for the Churchill
- Applicants must demonstrate the capacity for original, creative work as shown by special recognition or letters of reference
- Applicants must have character, adaptability, and a demonstrated concern for the critical problems of society
Application Procedures and Selection Criteria
Application materials should be submitted to CURF by October 11, 2015 as a single pdf in the order listed below:
- Churchill application form online
- Scholarships, prizes, awards, and other distinctions (1 page)
- Research/employment experience (1 page)
- Proposed program of study essay (1 page)
- Personal statement (up to 2 pages)
- A copy of any correspondence (email is acceptable) with the laboratory supervisor at Cambridge indicating a willingness to accept the student into his or her laboratory, pending a successful application. (Note that this is not necessary for applicants to the MASt in Mathematics or Astrophysics)
- Official transcripts from institutions of higher education attended, as described below
In addition, candidates must submit the following to CURF:
- Four letters of recommendation. Applicants must complete and give to their recommenders the Recommendation Cover form, which can be found at http://www.winstonchurchillfoundation.org/Forms/ChurchillRecommendatonFormMarch2015.pdf. Recommenders must complete this form with their contact information and submit the form along with their recommendation letter. Recommendation letters must be in disciplines related to the application and by individuals with first-hand experience of the applicant’s work. Letters from professors in unrelated fields (e.g., history, literature) or from community leaders (e.g., clergy, politicians) are not accepted. If the applicant has research experience (e.g., an NSF REU or internship, research with a Penn faculty member), then it is mandatory that at least one of the four letters be from the director of that activity. If a letter of recommendation states that the applicant is the perfect candidate for the Rhodes, Marshall, or other competition, this may be detrimental, because other scholarships have different selection criteria.
- Transcripts from all colleges attended. As part of your application, CURF will obtain an official copy of your Penn transcript. Applicants are responsible for sending to CURF official transcripts from all other institutions of higher education attended, including study abroad and summer programs. (NOTE: If the study abroad program is a Penn program and is already indicated on your Penn transcript, you need not submit the study abroad institution's transcript)
Candidates must submit directly to the Churchill Foundation:
- GRE scores on the general tests taken within the last two years (subject tests not required) must be sent ELECTRONICALLY (NOT as part of the Penn application) directly to the Winston Churchill Foundation (Institution Code 3922). The nominee’s test results should reach the Churchill Foundation no later than December. Scores on the GRE taken in the past two years are acceptable. The Foundation accepts MCAT scores in place of the GRE.
As soon as candidates have arranged for four letters of recommendation from faculty in the sciences, they should fill out CURF's Recommendation Request Form for each Churchill recommender.
All applicants must submit these materials in a single file in .pdf format. No other format will be accepted.
In early November, the Penn Churchill Committee will select no more than two nominees to be forwarded to the Churchill Foundation. Those candidates who have been nominated by Penn will be informed in January, by the Churchill Foundation, whether or not they have received the endorsement of the Screening Committee. The Board of Graduate Studies and appropriate department chairs at the University of Cambridge consider the nominees for admission. The final decision on the awards is made by the Churchill Foundation in mid-April.