Fellowships

Churchill Scholarship

Is it for you?

The Churchill Scholarship provides between $50,000–$60,000 to fund a one-year graduate degree in engineering, mathematics, or science at Churchill College, Cambridge University. The award also includes a travel allowance up to $1,500 and the possibility of a $2,000 Special Research Grant to cover research expenses.

What are the key dates?

Information Sessions: TBD for 2019, typically in February

JHU Campus Deadline: TBD for 2019, typically mid-March

Are you eligible?

Candidates for the Churchill Scholarship must:

  • be a U.S. citizen.
  • be a senior in college at the time of application or must have graduated within the past 12 months. At the beginning of the scholarship, Churchill Scholars must hold a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent and may not have attained a doctorate.
  • propose a course of study in an eligible field. These include: Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (Part III of the Mathematical Tripos), Astronomy, Biochemistry, Clinical Biochemistry, Biological Anthropological Science, Applied Biological Anthropology, Archeological Science, Biological Science, Bioscience Enterprise, Advanced Chemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Chemistry, Cognition and Brain Science, Computational Biology, Advanced Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Science, Epidemiology, Genetics, Medical Genetics, Geographical Research, Human Evolutionary Studies, Material Sciences, Theoretical (Pure) Mathematics (Part III of the Mathematical Tripos), Micro- and Nanotechnology Enterprise, Molecular Biology, Oncology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physics, Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, Clinical Neuroscience, Plant Sciences, Polar Studies, Experimental Psychology, Public Health, Statistical Science, Systems Biology, Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, Veterinary Medicine, and Zoology, among others.

How do you work with the NFP?

To apply for the Churchill, JHU nomination is required (JHU may nominate two candidates). Candidates must go through a campus pre-selection process that begins in March of the application year. This PDF Document: overview explains the process and includes a detailed timeline. By the March campus deadline, all candidates must complete a Word Document: pre-application form, using the accompanying PDF Document: pre-application instructions. Contact Dr. Miller with any questions. We closely advise candidates on all parts of the application, including facilitating individual feedback sessions with faculty.

The timeline gives an overview of the application process. Your first step is to attend a live U.K. Scholarships information session and complete a Word Document: pre-application form. In preparation, have a closer look below for more resources to learn about the Churchill.

February Attend an info session
mid-March Submit pre-application materials
April Interview with campus committee
June Participate in junto meetings
June – September Meet deadlines for written materials
mid-October Submit applications for campus deadline
early November Revise applications (for nominees) and meet official Churchill deadline

Are you competitive?

About 14 scholarships are awarded each year. Applicants first submit their materials to a campus committee for review. Two students are selected as nominees to the national Churchill Scholarship competition. The campus committee offers advice on how to improve their materials for final submission. Selection decisions (both on-campus and at the national level) are based on the following criteria:

  • Academic record: A high GPA (generally 3.8+) and class rank (top 10%) are necessary.
  • Personal Statement: This essay of no more than two pages should give the committee a clear sense of who you are, how your interests have developed, and how and why study at Churchill College, University of Cambridge fits into your future plans.
  • Four letters of recommendation: Faculty members who know you well are asked to provide information on your academic qualifications, specifically your knowledge of the field, originality, and imagination, as well as the potential for success in your discipline. Recommenders are also asked to comment on your personal characteristics, particularly on your adaptability, maturity, and quality as an ambassador. If you plan to do a research degree, it is vital that your recommenders be able to comment on your ability to work independently and carry out research. Applicants must fill out and submit to their recommenders the Scholarship Recommendation cover sheet, which is available on the Winston Churchill Foundation’s website.
  • Proposed course of study at Cambridge, Churchill College: The student’s proposed course of study at Cambridge should reflect a clear awareness of the faculty and facilities available there, and an understanding of the British higher education system. Applicants should begin researching appropriate degree programs no later than spring term preceding the year of application.  

NOTE: Applicants for the Churchill Scholarship must apply separately to the University of Cambridge no later than mid-October. Refer to the complete application instructions on the Churchill website.

Have a closer look:

Visit the Official Website

Winston Churchill Foundation

Explore JHU and NFP Resources

All applicants nominated by JHU’s campus committee are enrolled in our GRMMC Blackboard site, which contains a wealth of information and resources about the application process.

Hear from JHU Recipients

HUB article about Sandya Subramanian, 2015 Churchill Scholar

HUB article about Malinda McPherson, 2014 Churchill Scholar

Peer Testimonial from Malinda McPherson

Peer Testimonial from Hannah Joo

Peer Testimonial from Lay Kodama

Read Sample Essays

A portfolio of previous applications is available beginning in May. To view it, inquire at the Study Abroad Office in Levering Hall 4B, during regular business hours (no appointment necessary). You must remain in the Study Abroad Office while viewing the portfolio and may not digitally reproduce any included materials.