Applying 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 interested in applying, you should first contact the scholarship office at your undergraduate institution. Each institution will have an internal application deadline some weeks in advance of the Foundation nomination deadline.The next nomination deadline for the Churchill Scholarship is:

    Monday, November 2, 2020

Application process

These instructions are for the 15 Churchill Scholarships available in science, mathematics, and engineering. (Applicants for the Kanders Churchill Scholarship simply apply to the Master's in Public Policy at the University of Cambridge by early October, 2020 [the same date as the Gates Cambridge deadline ; check back for the exact date] and indicate that you would like to be considered for that award.) Applications for the Churchill Scholarship are reviewed by a Selection Committee comprised of at least eight former Churchill Scholars from a variety of STEM disciplines. An offer cannot be made before completion of an informal telephone interview.


Criteria for selection

Outstanding academic achievement. There is no minimum GPA, though most applicants have a very high average. The Committee looks at achievement in STEM courses, especially in the major, as indicated by course grades and recommendation letters.


Proven talent in research. Applicants in the sciences and engineering will demonstrate extensive laboratory experience, internships, or other related work, while applicants in mathematics will show substantial independent work or other projects. The Committee looks for originality and creativity.


Outstanding personal qualities. Understanding the time commitment required by research, the Churchill Foundation does not seek so-called “well-rounded” applicants; instead, it seeks applicants with what we call interesting “jagged edges.” The Committee takes into account interests and achievements outside of research, but it does not favor any particular kind of activity.


The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States is committed to a policy against discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental status, race, color, religion, national origin, or disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

Before you apply

1. Check that you are eligible
The Churchill Scholarship is open to US citizens who are in their senior year or have just graduated from one of our Participating Institutions. Please check Eligibility before you apply.

2. Select a course
Choosing the right course for you can be far from straightforward, and you should check the Programs of Study page for a list of eligible and ineligible courses. Applicants interested in the MASt in mathematics should first read the Foundation's guide, Part III Mathematics for Churchill Scholars.


1. Fill out the online application
Only online applications will be considered. Starting in May, 2020 (exact date to be confirmed; please check back here) you may register at our application web portal and fill out your application at that website. You can look at an overview of last year's application questions here: Application form overview
In addition to the application form, you will also need to supply a 1-page Proposed Program of Study, a 2-page Personal Statement, your transcript, and correspondence with a potential lab supervisor (if applicable). All this is explained in detail at the online application portal.

2. Request four academic letters of recommendation
Please print out this form and hand it to your recommendation writers. They must submit their letters of recommendation directly to your institution's Scholarship Office.

3. Apply to the University of Cambridge
The Churchill Scholarship is only tenable at Churchill College, so you must put Churchill College as your first choice on the Cambridge application. The Scholarship is only for a 1-year Master's degree, so your application must be for an MPhil or MASt. Because of Cambridge's rolling admissions, we strongly suggest that you apply by the deadline for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which is in early October, 2020 (date not yet announced).

4. Complete the application
Complete your online application and press "SUBMIT." Your application is not complete until your institution nominates you. If you are selected as a nominee by your institution, you may request to "unsubmit" your application by contacting your scholarship adviser or the Foundation at the number or email address below. You can then continue to work on it until close to the nomination deadline. Work with your local scholarship office to ensure that there is enough time for them to upload your letters of recommendation before the deadline. Each Participating Institution can nominate up to two applicants.

Applicants are normally notified of the results by late December and awards are announced publicly by early February.

All programmatic and technical questions should be addressed to the Foundation. Please email or call 212-752-3200.

THE WINSTON CHURCHILL FOUNDATION OF THE UNITED STATES is committed to a policy against discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.