Churchill Scholarship

Full funding for one-year master's course in STEM fields at the University of Cambridge

Read about Seth Musser, UChicago's 2017-18 Churchill Scholar.

The Churchill Scholarship provides an outstanding opportunity to pursue a one-year STEM degree by research at the University of Cambridge. It provides scholars with the opportunity to undertake a fully-funded research driven degree course in their chosen STEM discipline, working in world-class labs or institutes at Cambridge. The scholarship covers all University of Cambridge and Churchill College tuition and fees. In addition, students receive a living allowance, travel and research allowances and payment to cover visa fees.

Students considering the taught 'Math Tripos' (or 'Part III' Maths program at Cambridge) should read the guide to the course provide by the Churchill Foundation.  Please note, this is not exclusively a gateway or prep-degree program for a PhD in another field.  It is the number-one ranked Maths program in the world and exceptionally rigorous. Students should carefully consider whether it is the best program fit for their ambitions. 

Deadline Information

Campus Application Deadline for University Nomination: Monday, October 7, 2019

Deadline for University of Cambridge Admission Application: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Churchill Foundation National Deadline (only if you are nominated): Thursday, October 31, 2019

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the College's on-campus competition, students must have, at minimum, a GPA of 3.70. The average GPA for UChicago Churchill Scholars is 3.8.

Applicants for a Churchill Scholarship must be citizens of the United States and must be a senior who is enrolled in one of the institutions participating in the Scholarship Program competition or a student who has recently graduated from one of those institutions. Upon taking up a scholarship, a Churchill Scholar must be between the ages of 19 and 26, hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent, and may not have attained a doctorate.

The University of Chicago may nominate two (2) students for this award.  The selection criteria include

  • Exceptional academic talent and outstanding achievement evidenced by performance in major course and undergraduate research activities
  • 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

Application Process

IMPORTANT NOTE: You must apply to the University of Cambridge in order to be endorsed for the Churchill Scholarship. This means you must submit your Cambridge admissions application on or before the UChicago Churchill nomination application deadline of October 7, 2019. You are entirely responsible for submitting your complete Cambridge application.

You must designate Churchill College as your college of choice in your Cambridge application. Some Cambridge departments require GRE scores as a part of the application process. It is your responsibility to double-check on whether you need to submit GREs with your Cambridge application. 

The campus nomination application consists of the following and must be submitted ONLINE HERE by October 7, 2019. The campus application must include the following: 

  1. Four academic recommendations (due on October 7)
  2. An up-to-date curriculum vitae (academic resume) with focus on undergraduate research activities, honors/awards. 2-pages
  3. An essay describing the proposed program of study and the name/s of faculty with whom you hope to work (500 words max.)
  4. A personal statement that describes your motivation and how the work you've done as an undergraduate prepares for a) academic success at Cambridge and b) a vocational path that will include making a broader impact in your field and in the world (750 words max.)
  5. Unofficial transcript
  6. Proof of submission of Cambridge application (email reciept confirming submission or screen shot)

For further insights into what the Churchill Foundation is looking for in a competive application, consult the Churchill Foundation website

For more information on this opportunity, please contact: 
Arthur Salvo