- An applicant for the Churchill Scholarship must be a citizen of the United States, either native born or naturalized
- Must be a senior who is enrolled in one of the institutions participating in the Scholarship Program or a student who has graduated from one of those institutions within the past 12 months.
- Upon taking up the Churchill Scholarship, a Churchill Scholar must hold a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent, and may not have attained a doctorate.
- Fifteen Churchill Scholarships are offered annually. The Scholarship is tenable from nine to twelve months, in accordance with the academic program.
- The Churchill Scholarship is worth around $60,000, depending on the exchange rate. It covers all University and College fees (currently about $40,000).
- Churchill Scholars receive a living allowance, which in 2018-19 is £11,083 if enrolled in a nine-month program, £13,447 if enrolled in an eleven-month program, and £14,777 if enrolled in a full-year program.
- Scholars receive an allowance of up to $1,500 for travel to and from the United Kingdom, as well as reimbursement of applications fees for a UK visa and health surcharge (currently over $500).
- The Foundation also offers the possibility of a Special Research Grant of up to $2,000. This grant may cover travel for presentations at international conferences, short stays at another university or institute for special research, and other activities
- Married students should consult with the Foundation about additional support in accordance with the guidelines of the University of Cambridge.
- Churchill Scholars are offered seminars on science communications and science policy. Also, the members cohort has regular meetings to present their research to each other.
- Each cohort has the opportunity for a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms in London and to meet London-based Trustees, often including some of Churchill’s descendants.
- Scholars benefit from being part of a close network of former Churchill Scholars, many of whom are leaders in academia, industry, and government science. There are regular alumni gatherings, seminars, and publications.
- Most Scholars describe the year as the best year of their lives and the most important year in their intellectual development. They cannot imagine going straight into a PhD without the perspective and experience the Scholarship provides.
- Most Cambridge Master’s programs offer far more independence than US students have experienced, or will experience again until their post-doc years.
Before you apply
1. Check that you are eligible
2. Select a course
1. Fill out the online application
2. Request four academic letters of recommendation
3. Apply to the University of Cambridge
4. Complete the application