Apply for the Churchill Scholarship Program USA



How to apply for the Churchill Scholarship

The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States accepts nominations for the Churchill Scholarship from a limited number of participating institutions. If you are looking to apply to be a candidate, first, you must contact the scholarship office of the institution you are enrolled at. Every institution has an internal deadline for applications a few weeks before the Foundation nomination deadline. The new deadline for nominations is the deadline for nominations to Churchill Scholarship is: Churchill Scholarship is:

Process of application

These guidelines pertain to the 16 Churchill scholarships available in mathematics, science, engineering, and mathematics. (Applicants to this scholarship must apply for the Kanders Churchill Scholarship apply to the Master’s program in Public Policy program at The University of Cambridge by early October 2022, which is the same time that is when you apply for the Gates Cambridge deadline, and specify that you want being considered for the award.) The applications to be considered for The Churchill Scholarship are reviewed by a Selection Committee comprised of a minimum of eight previous Churchill Scholars from a variety of STEM disciplines. The offer is not extended prior to the conclusion of an informal phone interview.

Criteria to be used for selection

Achievements in academics that are outstanding. The minimum requirement is not a GPA; however, most applicants have an extremely high average. The Committee evaluates student achievement of students in STEM courses, specifically in the majors, evidenced by grade and recommendation letters.

A demonstrated talent in research. The applicants in engineering and science have extensive lab experience and internships, and other related work. Applicants in mathematics must demonstrate substantial independent work or other assignments. The Committee is looking for creativity and originality.

Outstanding personal qualities. Being aware of the amount of time needed for research, The Churchill Foundation does not seek”well-rounded” or “well-rounded” applicants; instead, it looks for candidates who have what we refer to as intriguing “jagged edges.” The Committee will consider the interests and accomplishments outside of research but not endorse any particular type of work.

Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States is committed to an anti-discrimination policy in the form of gender, sexual orientation, family status, marital status or parental status or race or color, religion, the nationality of an individual, disabilities, or any other characteristics that are protected by law.

Before you apply, make sure that you have

1. Make sure you are eligible. Churchill Scholarship is open to US citizens in their senior year or who recently completed their studies at one of our participating institutions. Check you are the eligibility requirements prior to applying.

2. Select a course

The best program for you could be difficult. It would be best if you also looked over the Programs of Study page for the list of classes that are eligible and not. Candidates interested in the Master course in mathematics must first go through the Foundation’s guidelines, Part III Mathematics for Churchill Scholars.

Application details

1. Complete the online application

Only applications submitted online are taken into consideration. You can sign up on the online portal for applications and then fill out your application on that site. The portal will be available in May of 2022, and we will announce this link. Along with an application, you will be required to submit a one-page Proposed Program of Study, a two-page Personal Statement, a transcript, as well as correspondence with the potential supervisor of your lab (if appropriate). The entire process is described in detail on the application portal online.

2. Request four letters of academic recommendation

You should find four individuals familiar with your research or academic work. They should submit their letters of recommendation online through the portal. You will receive an email with instructions and an upload portal when you request letters. For your convenience, the instructions are also accessible on this page.

3. Apply to the University of Cambridge

The Churchill Scholarship is only tenable at Churchill College, so you must select Churchill College as your first for the Cambridge application. The scholarship is only available for a one-year Master’s degree, and your application has to be an MPhil or MAST. Due to the university’s admissions process that is rolling, it is highly recommended that you submit your application by time to be eligible for this scholarship, which is the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which is early October 2022.

4. Fill out the application

Fill out your online application and click “SUBMIT.” The application will not be complete until your institution has nominated you. Suppose you are selected as a nominee by your institution. In that case, You can ask to “unsubmit” your application by contacting your adviser for scholarships or the Foundation by phone or email address listed below. Then, you can continue working on your application until the deadline. Make contact with your school’s institution’s scholarship office to ensure you have enough time to submit your Letter of Support from the Institution prior to the deadline. Each Participating Institution can submit up to two candidates.

Candidates are typically informed of their results by December, and awards are made public by the beginning of February.

Programs of Study

Churchill Scholarship: Churchill Scholarship is for one year of studies within the University of Cambridge for one of two Master’s degrees, the MPhil (Master of Philosophy) or the MASt (Master of Advanced Studies). The traditional MPhil is an advanced research degree that involves the full-time conduct of research in a laboratory and concludes with a thesis and a live viva (an oral exam). It is a teacher-led degree course that includes classes and written exams. The list of eligible and non-eligible courses can be listed below.

Certain MPhil courses offer a combination of courses taught and a research project, and the majority of MASt courses give students the chance to write a study essay. Research-only MPhil is an exceptional chance to devote a full year to work on one research paper. Students can pursue an enlightened research program for the part-lecture hybrid and research MPhils while lectures allow them to explore a wider range of topics. The former Churchill Scholars have stated that the lectures at Cambridge are very fast-paced and are less interactive and engaging compared to lectures at US universities.

Students in the sole research MPhil classes, it is possible that you could have to look all over the world to find the ideal lab. The Cambridge structure differs from most American universities, and laboratories in closely similar fields can be found in many departments. Similar to the fact that the course list could be insufficient, and the University of Cambridge website may be missing courses or entire research institutes. We are open to suggestions for courses that are not listed below. Contact the Foundation for any inquiries.

Eligible Courses


Master’s degree in Archaeological Research ( Only allowed for scientific study.)

MPhil in Biological Anthropological Science


MPhil in Astronomy

Biological Sciences

The following departments are offering MPhil in Biology. MPhil in Biological Science:

Babraham Institute ( NOTE: Babraham is independent of the university; therefore, to opt for this route, you need to inquire with your supervisor to see if you can conduct research at the institute as a Cambridge student. Then, you need to apply to a Cambridge department and find an advisor willing to help your research plan.)


Cambridge Stem Cell Institute

Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit


Mitochondrial Biology Unit

Molecular Biology



Physiology, Development, and Neuroscience

Plant Sciences


Wellcome Trust / Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute


Cambridge Computational Biology Institute

MPhil in Computational Biology+

Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

MPhil in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

MPhil in Advanced Chemical Engineering+

Master’s degree with a focus on Biotechnology+ (Mainly for non-bio majors)


MPhil in Chemistry

Computer Laboratory

MPhil in Advanced Computer Science+

Earth Sciences

MPhil in Earth Sciences


MPhil in Engineering

MPhil in Energy Technologies+

MPhil in Machine Learning and Machine Intelligence+

MPhil in Nuclear Energy+

MPhil in Structural Engineering


MPhil in Geography

Master’s degree In Polar Studies (Polar Physical Sciences only)

Materials Science and Metallurgy

MPhil in Materials Science and Metallurgy

Master’s degree in Micro- & Nanotechnology Enterprise+ (Only qualified for this program if the research conducted is scientific rather than commercially related)


(The three MASt classes are sometimes referred to as the Part III of the Mathematical Tripos. Before you submit your application to Part III, be sure to go through the Foundation’s guidelines, Part III Mathematics for Churchill Scholars. )

MASt in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics+

MASt in Pure Mathematics+

MASt in Mathematical Statistics+

Medical Research Council Biostatistics Unit

MPhil in Biostatistics

Medical Sciences

The following departments provide students with the MPhil in Medical Science:

Cambridge Institute for Medical Research

Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

Clinical Biochemistry

Clinical Neurosciences


Medical Genetics


MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

MRC Epidemiology Unit

Obstetrics and Gynaecology






Modern and Medieval Languages

MPhil in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (Language Technology Laboratory)


Master’s degree with a focus on Music Studies (Only the option for Music and Science option is eligible)


MPhil in Physics

MPhil in Scientific Computing+

Public Health and Primary Care

MPhil in Population Health Sciences+

Veterinary Medicine

MPhil in Veterinary Science

Ineligible Programs

Be aware of the fact that Foundation is not accepting requests for the following:

MASt in Astrophysics

MPhil in Basic and Translational Neuroscience

MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise

MPhil in Computational Methods for Materials Science. Students are advised to apply for MPhil in Scientific Computing, which is similar to the.

MPhil in Conservation Leadership

MPhil in Developmental Biology

MASt in Earth Sciences

MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

MPhil in Environment, Society, and Development

MPhil in Genomic Medicine

MPhil in Genomic Science

MPhil in Industrial Systems, Manufacturing, and Management

MASt in Materials Science

MASt in Physics

MPhil in Social and Developmental Psychology

Part III in Systems Biology

MPhil in Technology Policy

MPhil in Therapeutic Sciences

MPhil in Translational Biomedical Research


The person applying for Churchill Scholarship must be a citizen of the United States, either native-born or naturalized, and be a senior studying at any university that participates in the Scholarship Program or a student who completed their studies at one of these institutions within the last twelve months. When applying for the Churchill Scholarship, a Churchill Scholar must have a bachelor’s or an equivalent degree and not hold the status of a doctoral.

Participating Institutions

Amherst College
Arizona State University
Auburn University
Bates College
Baylor University
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Brown University
Bryn Mawr College
California Institute of Technology
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Claremont McKenna College
Clemson University
Colgate University
College of William and Mary
Colorado School of Mines
Columbia University
Cornell University
CUNY Macaulay Honors College
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Duke University
Emory University
Fordham University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Grinnell College
Harvard University
Harvey Mudd College
Haverford College
Howard University
Indiana University/Bloomington
Johns Hopkins University
Lehigh University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mercer University
Michigan State University
Middlebury College
Mississippi State University
Mount Holyoke College
New York University
North Carolina State University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Ohio State University
Oregon State University
Pennsylvania State University
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Princeton University
Purdue University
Reed College
Rice University
Rutgers University
Saint Joseph’s University
Scripps College
Smith College
Southern Methodist University
Stanford University
Stony Brook University
Swarthmore College
Texas A&M University
Tufts University
Tulane University
United States Air Force Academy
United States Military Academy
United States Naval Academy
University of Alabama
University of Arizona University of Arkansas/Fayetteville
University of California/Berkeley
University of California/Davis
University of California/Irvine
University of California/Los Angeles
University of California/Riverside
University of California/San Diego
University of California/Santa Barbara
University of Chicago
University of Colorado/Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Illinois/Chicago
University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Maine
University of Maryland/College Park
University of Massachusetts/Amherst
University of Michigan/Ann Arbor
University of Minnesota/Twin Cities
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri
University of Nebraska/Lincoln
University of New Hampshire
University of New Mexico
University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame
University of Oklahoma
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rochester
University of Southern California
University of Texas/Austin
University of Tulsa
University of Utah
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin/Madison
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Wake Forest University
Washington and Lee University
Washington University in St. Louis
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Williams College
Yale University

Other Conditions:

Other than health emergencies or other circumstances, the Churchill Scholar commits to complete the course of study for the purpose to which they are accepted, which includes such requirements as completing the thesis and taking exams in either oral or written form. Failure to meet this obligation is a condition for the return of all the money expended on behalf of the student.

Every Scholar is required to submit two narrative reports that describe the academic program and the Cambridge experience. The first report must be submitted in January, and one following the end of the academic program.

Maximum Liability Limit of Liability: Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States has no responsibility for bodily injuries, sickness, or accident that causes the death of Churchill Scholars, whether traveling between or within the United Kingdom or when they reside within or in the United Kingdom or otherwise. While Churchill Scholars receive coverage from the National Health Service while in the United Kingdom, the purchase of health, accident, or other insurance against these risks is up to the Scholar; however, it is strongly suggested by the Foundation. It should be noted that the National Health Service does not offer coverage for individuals outside the United Kingdom.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the procedure for The Churchill Scholarship to work with the NSF GRFP? While we cannot speak for other fellowships and scholarships and that they might have altered their policies and procedures, here is how it has been used previously: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship is usually for three years of funding that can be used for five years. It is possible to use this Churchill calendar as one of two “reserve” years, provided you are affiliated with a graduate institution where you plan to pursue a Ph.D. In other words, you can not postpone your Ph.D.; however, you are placed listed on the grants roster, and you take an absence from school for the duration of a “non-enrollment” year. Some applicants are concerned that NSF is not accepting requests from those who have already completed a master’s degree. This means that you can apply for the NSF GRFP at the same as you apply for the Churchill or the Churchill, and (at minimum, in the past) you could even apply as you are a Churchill student since you have not received your Master’s degree until. However, students who plan to graduate with a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree simultaneously must apply for NSF GRFP in the same cycle they apply for the Churchill, or they will lose the ability to apply earlier.

The Churchill Scholarship can be for up to 12 months. So how can I be able to enroll in medical school in July or August, the same season? We have students that are in this same situation each year. Churchill Scholars usually complete their dissertations and then hold the oral defense (dissertation defense) early hours. Talk to your supervisor and arrange for it.

What happens to applicants for other UK awards? The Marshall and Rhodes Scholarships typically make their choices earlier in the selection process. If you are awarded one of these awards, you have to withdraw completely from the Churchill competition. This is because the Gates Cambridge Scholarship makes its decisions following our decision the same. Applicants who successfully apply for the Churchill are strongly advised to stay out of this Gates Cambridge competition. If your primary option is Ph.D. financial aid via Gates Cambridge, then, after consulting in conjunction with the Churchill Foundation, you can remain in the race for the scholarship.

For further information, please visit the Churchill Scholarship Official Website.

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