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Churchill Scholarship

Postgraduate degree at Cambridge in STEM fields

Grade Level : Seniors & recent grads
2021 Campus Deadline: October 3


The Churchill Scholarship provides one year of support for a postgraduate degree in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics at the University of Cambridge. At least fifteen Churchill Scholarships are offered annually. The Churchill Scholarship is open to US citizens who are in their senior year or have just graduated. The selection criteria consist of outstanding academic achievement; proven talent in research; and outstanding personal qualities. NOTE: Applicants for the Churchill Scholarship must also apply to the University of Cambridge at the same time they are working to meet the campus deadline.

Campus Nomination Process

Overview: The full application is due by the campus deadline of Sunday, October 3 at 11:59 p.m. and must be submitted through the Churchill Scholarship's online application portal. Your four letters of recommendation must also be sent to the Charles Center inbox by the campus deadline. Selected candidates will be invited to complete an interview with the campus committee. Please note: You will be able to edit your essays after your campus interview and before the national deadline (the campus representative will be able to send them back to you for edits in the Churchill application portal).

Note: It is your responsibility to let your recommendation writers know that they will have to email their letters of reccomendation to the Charles Center inbox by the campus deadline of October 3. The campus committee needs to review these letters as part of the campus application process. (If you are selected for endorsement, they will have to submit their letters to Churchill too.) See Churchill's letter guidance under Step 2 of the "Applying" section of the Churchill webpage.

Application Format: The Churchill application must be completed on the Churchill Scholarship’s online application portal.

Deadlines and Timeline:

  • Sunday, October 3 at 11:59 p.m.: Campus Application Deadline. By the campus deadline the application and all required components need to be complete and submitted in Churchill's online application portal. The four letters of recommendation must also arrive in the Charles Center (via email or campus mail) by this deadline.
  • Mid-October: Campus Interviews Take Place
  • Late October: Campus finalists will have a short window to edit applications after the campus interviews before submitting their final applications in time to meet Churchill's national deadline.

Endorsements: William & Mary can nominate up to two students for the Churchill Scholarship.

Important Reminder: Apply to the University of Cambridge!
The Churchill Scholarship is only tenable at Churchill College, so you must put Churchill College as your first choice on the Cambridge application. The Scholarship is only for a 1-year Master's degree, so your application must be for an MPhil or MASt, or in rare cases an MRes. Because of Cambridge's rolling admissions, we strongly suggest that you apply by the deadline for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which is in early October, 2021 (date not yet announced).

National Application Process

The national deadline is November 1, at 5:00 p.m. EST. All students must meet the campus deadline  in order to be eligible for endorsement by the national deadline. Learn more about the Churchill Scholarship including the application process, the eligibility requirements, and the options for Programs of Study  at the University of Cambridge.

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