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Churchill Scholarship


The application for 16 Churchill Scholarships in science, mathematics, and engineering is now open. The next nomination deadline is Monday November 1, 2021 (5pm Eastern Time) for matriculation in the 2022-23 academic year. Applicants for the two Kanders Churchill Scholarships in Science Policy should simply apply to the Master's in Public Policy in early October 2021 (the same deadline as the Gates Cambridge Scholarship), and indicate that you would like to be considered for the award. For the Kanders Churchill Scholarships, there is no separate application to the Foundation and no nomination process.

Apply to the Churchill Scholarship.

Apply to the Kanders Churchill Scholarship.

The Churchill Scholarship and Kanders Churchill Scholarship provide funding to American students for a year of Master’s study at the University of Cambridge, based at Churchill College. The program was set up at the request of Sir Winston Churchill in order to fulfil his vision of US–UK scientific exchange with the goal of advancing science and technology on both sides of the Atlantic, helping to ensure our future prosperity and security.

Many Churchill Scholars describe their year in Cambridge as the best year of their lives since it allows scholars to form friendships with their future colleagues from around the world, to attend the only college at Cambridge that is focused on STEM subjects, and have an opportunity for independent research (often leading to publications) that Churchill Scholars will not find again until well into their PhD programs.


Update on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic


The best way to get a sense of life in Cambridge is to follow the first-person accounts of the 2020-21 cohort, at their blog. The Foundation recognizes that many future applicants to the Churchill Scholarship must take courses pass/fail under lockdown conditions and that all students will have diminished opportunities for independent research during this period. We have added a question about the lockdown period to the application, in order to better understand each nominee's unique experiences, with no expectation that applicants are able to conduct research while sheltering in place. We know that the effects of this pandemic will last several years and hope that all students can protect their health and that of their communities during this time, with full confidence that their future opportunities are not at risk.





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