Churchill Scholarship

The Churchill Scholarship, established in 1959, was founded by American friends of Churchill who wanted to fulfill his wish of having young American graduate students at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge. The Foundation’s Scholarship Program offers American citizens of exceptional ability and outstanding achievement the opportunity to pursue graduate studies in engineering, mathematics, or the sciences at Cambridge. Scholarships are for one academic year and cover all University and College tuition and fees. In addition, Churchill Scholars receive a living allowance and reimbursement for travel and visa costs to the UK. At least fourteen Churchill Scholarships are offered annually.


  • Applicants must be US citizens.
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 19 and 26 upon receiving the scholarship.
  • Applicants must obtain a bachelor's degree before beginning study at Churchill.


Applications are submitted online through the Office of Distinguished Fellowships. The application includes:

  • Churchill Foundation application form
  • Proposed program of study essay
  • Personal statement
  • Institutional letter of nomination
  • Four letters of references
  • Official transcripts
  • GRE scores

Applicants are selected based on several criteria, including:

  • Exceptional academic talent and outstanding achievement, especially in the major, as indicated by course grades.
  • A capacity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics by pursuing original, creative work at an advanced level as demonstrated by awards, prizes, research, and letters of recommendation.
  • Outstanding personal qualities.

Applicants must apply separately to the University of Cambridge, selecting Churchill College as their first choice.


The Office of Distinguished Fellowships will review all applications and nominate two candidates for consideration by the Churchill Foundation. Applications are due to the Institute of International Education, which processes the applications, on November 1, 2018.  Please note that you must also complete a Cambridge Graduate School application, due on November 1, 2018. The Screening Committee chooses up to twenty-five finalists. Finalists are interviewed by telephone; successful applicants are notified in mid-April.


Arthur D. Casciato, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Distinguished Fellowships
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey