Churchill Scholarship


About the Churchill Scholarship
Eligibility & Criteria for Selection
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Previous USC Recipients
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About the Churchill Scholarship

Per the Winston Churchill Foundation website:

The Churchill Scholarship provides funding to American students for a year of Master’s study in science, mathematics, and engineering at the University of Cambridge, based at Churchill College. The Scholarship was set up at the request of Sir Winston Churchill in order to fulfill 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.

USC is a Participating Institution and may nominate up to two candidates each year for the Churchill Scholarship.


Per the Winston Churchill Foundation website:

  • Must be a citizen of the United States, either native born or naturalized
  • Must be a senior who is enrolled in one of the institutions participating in the Scholarship Program or a student who has graduated from one of those institutions within the past 12 months (at the time of application)
  • Upon taking up the Churchill Scholarship, a Churchill Scholar must hold a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent, and may not have attained a doctorate

Criteria for Selection

  • Outstanding academic achievement, especially in the major, as indicated by course grades. The Foundation does not require a minimum GPA, but recent Churchill Scholars have had a GPA of at least 3.7 and usually have 3.9 or above.
  • Proven talent in research and 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. Applicants in the sciences and engineering will demonstrate extensive laboratory experience, internships, or other related work, while applicants in mathematics will show substantial independent work or other projects.
  • Outstanding personal qualities. Understanding the time commitment required by research, the Churchill Foundation does not seek so-called “well rounded” applicants; instead, it seeks applicants with what we call interesting “jagged edges.” Nonetheless, it should be noted that successful applicants display a bewildering array of talents and activities outside of academic pursuits, especially in music, athletics, social service, among other activities.


  • Arrange a time to meet with USC Churchill Campus Representative Katie Capra ( to discuss selection criteria and application materials
  • Follow Churchill’s Application Process Instructions

USC Campus Deadline for Nomination

Submit the following materials by Sunday, August 19 by 11:59pm

  • Submit an online application which includes a 1-page Proposed Program of Study, a 2-page Personal Statement, your transcript, and correspondence with a potential lab supervisor – if applicable. All this is explained in detail at the online application portal. (Nominees will have applications released back to continue work on them before national deadline.)
  • Four academic letters sent to Katie Capra Please print out this form and hand it to your recommendation writers.

University of Cambridge Deadline (for USC nominees only)

Mid-October 2018 (exact date TBD)

National Deadline (for USC nominees only)

Thursday, November 1, 2018 (5pm Eastern Time)

Applicant Resources:

Other Considerations:

  • Competitive applicants to the Churchill Scholarship are performing at the level of advanced graduate students.
  • Ideally, letters of recommendation come from supervisors/mentors/professors both inside and outside of USC.
  • Churchill Scholarship recipients have substantial research and publication experience. Churchill recognizes that the form publications take can look different across fields.

Previous Churchill Scholarship Recipient:

Daniel (DJ) Strouse, 2011-2012
Majors: Mathematics & Physics
Cambridge Department: Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

First USC Student to Receive Churchill Scholarship

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