Churchill Scholarships, offered by the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States, provide for one year of post-baccalaureate study in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics at the University of Cambridge. (Consult the foundation’s website for eligible fields of study.)
Each scholarship covers a recipient’s university and college fees at Cambridge. Churchill Scholars receive a living allowance of £11,000 for nine-month programs, £12,000 for ten- or eleven-month programs, and £13,000 for full-year programs. Scholars also receive a travel allowance of up to $1,000 for travel to and from the U.K. and reimbursement for visa application fees. The foundation also offers the possibility of a special research grant of up to $2,000 to enable scholars to participate in special opportunities for academic or professional development.
Candidates must be U.S. citizens and currently enrolled as seniors at (or recently graduated from) an institution participating in the scholarship program. Upon taking up his or her scholarship, a scholar must be between the ages of 19 and 26, must hold a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent, and may not yet have attained a doctorate.
Selection criteria include:
- exceptional academic talent and outstanding achievement, especially in the major, as indicated by course grades;
- capacity to advance knowledge in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics through original high-level work, as demonstrated by awards, research, and recommendation letters; and
- outstanding personal qualities—while “well-roundedness” is not a selection criterion, successful applicants usually demonstrate a range of talents and activities beyond their studies.
University nomination: Columbia University may nominate two undergraduates or recent alumni/ae for consideration each year. Students and recent graduates of Columbia College, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of General Studies are eligible. Please note: the internal campus competition places students into consideration for nomination to the Churchill Foundation. Students may not apply directly for this fellowship without first having been nominated. Please note: the national scholarship competition requires application to Cambridge by October 16 and the submission of GRE scores.
Meet Columbia’s most recent Churchill Scholar: Jacob Andreas, SEAS ’12 (Computer Science)