Churchill Scholarship

The Churchill Scholarship provides tuition and funding for 14 students each year toward graduate work in engineering, mathematics and the physical and natural sciences at Churchill College, Cambridge University. Funds cover all University and College tuition and fees (approximately $25,000). In addition, Scholars receive a living allowance of £10,000 for nine-month programs, £12,000 for eleven-month programs, and £13,000 for twelve-month programs. Scholars also receive an allowance of up to $1,000 for travel to and from the United Kingdom, as well as reimbursement of application fees for a UK visa. The total award is worth approximately $45,000 to $50,000.

Desired qualities are outstanding achievement in academic work as indicated by course grades, a capacity for original, creative work as shown by special recognitions or letters of references, and intellectual leadership, character and adaptability.

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

All applicants must apply separately for admission to the University of Cambridge by mid-October. The Churchill Scholarship is only for study for a Master’s degree, and the application must be for a Master’s for the applicant to be eligible for the Churchill Scholarship. Note that applicants for the Churchill Scholarship must indicate Churchill College as their first choice of college. The Churchill Scholarship is not tenable at any other Cambridge college.


An applicant for the Churchill Scholarship must be a citizen of the United States, either native born or naturalized, and 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. 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.


  • Outstanding academic achievement, especially in the major, as indicated by course grades and recommendation letters. Churchill Scholarship recipients usually have a GPA of 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. Successful applicants display talents in activities outside of academic pursuits, especially in music, athletics, and social service.

Campus Deadline

October 14, 2016 by 4:30pm

To be considered for university nomination, email the following documents to by the campus deadline:

  • Copy of online application (including Research/employment experience, Proposed program of study essay and Personal Statement)
  • A copy of any correspondence (email is acceptable) with the laboratory supervisor at Cambridge indicating a willingness to accept the student into his or her laboratory, pending a successful application.
  • Four academic recommendations from teachers, laboratory directors, and others with whom you have pursued your research and studies and who know your work well
  • Official transcript(s)

**If nominated by USC, you will have the opportunity to also submit your standardized test scores separately to the Churchill Foundation. Select a test date so that the Churchill Foundation receives the scores no later than the end of December. Please note that the Foundation welcomes the submission of standardized test scores, but it is not required.

National Deadline

November 10, 2016

Resources for Applicants:

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