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Churchill Scholarship


Applications are due to the CURF office by close of business (5:00 PM) on October 18, 2013.

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 web page will allow you to link directly to the program web pages.

Eligibility and Qualifications

Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens
  • Applicants must have obtained a bachelor’s degree by the time he or she starts at Churchill, and cannot have obtained a doctorate
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 19 and 26 upon receiving the scholarship
  • Applicants must show achievement in academic work as indicated by course grades
  • 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 includes:

  • Churchill application form online.
  • Statement of purpose in taking up the particular degree program at Cambridge. The Cambridge Graduate Studies Prospectus and department web pages — as above — can help clarify the degree programs.
  • Four references
  • Transcripts from all colleges attended
  • GRE scores on the general tests taken within the last two years (subject tests not required). The nominee’s test results should reach the Churchill Foundation no later than December


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.


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