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The Churchill Scholarship offers American students of exceptional the ability to pursue graduate studies (Master’s degree) in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics for 9-12 months at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge. The scholarships are highly competitive and cover tuition fees, living expenses, and travel expenses.

Scholarship Amount

Tuition fees, a living stipend, and a travel stipend

Annual Number of Scholarships Awarded

  • 15 per year


  • Be a U.S. citizen (native born or naturalized)
  • Be a senior who is enrolled in classes or has graduated in the past 12 months
  • Hold a bachelor's degree by the start of the award and have not attained a doctorate

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated academic excellence
    • There is no miminum GPA, but most applicants have a very high average
    • Achievement in STEM course, 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 lab experience, internships, or other related work
    • Applicants in mathematics will show substantial independent work or other projects
    • The Churchill Scholarship Committee looks for originality and creativity
  • Outstanding personal qualities
    • The Churchill Scholarship Committee does not seek "well-rounded" applicants; instead, it seeks applicants with what they call interesting "jagged edges"
    • The Churchill Scholarship Committee takes into account interests and achievements outside of research, but it does not favor any particular kind of activity

Application Material

  • Churchill Application
    • 1-page Proposed Program of Study
    • 2-page Personal Statement
    • Correspondence with a potential lab supervisor, if applicable
  • University of Cambridge Application
  • CV/Resume
  • Transcripts
  • 4 letters of recommendation
  • University Endorsement

University Endorsement Process

University endorsement is a competitive process and not guaranteed. Students seeking University of Utah endorsement must submit certain application components by the University’s deadline. The University of Utah may endorse up to 2 students per year for the Churchill Scholarship. The endorsement process requires an interview with the University-designated committee.


University Deadline:

National Deadline:


Early May: Churchill Application Opens

August 25, 2022: University Deadline

September 1, 2022: University of Cambridge Application Opens

Early September: University endorsement interviews for potential applicants

November 2, 2022: University of Cambridge Application Deadline

Early November: Churchill National Application Deadline

Early December: Notification of finalist selection and interviews

Early February: Notification of Selection

Length of Scholarship

9-12 months, depending on the program

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