Churchill Scholarships, offered by the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States, seek to reward oustanding academic talent and achievement within one’s major, and the demonstrated capacity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge within the sciences, mathematics, or engineering. Winners of the Churchill Scholarship receive a fully-funded 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). In addition, 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, a travel allowance of up to $1,500 for travel to and from the U.K., reimbursement for visa application fees, plus $500 for personal travel abroad. 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 seniors in(or recently graduated from) an institution participating in the scholarship program. Upon taking up the scholarship, a scholar must be between the ages of 19 and 26, 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. Students may not apply directly for this fellowship without first having been nominated.
Meet Columbia’s most recent Churchill Scholar: Jacob Andreas ’12SEAS (Computer Science)