Churchill Scholarship

The first Churchill Scholarships were awarded in 1963 after Winston Churchill sought an opportunity for young Americans to study at the University of Cambridge. The Winston Churchill Foundation awards approximately 10-14 scholarships annually to fund one year of study resulting in a master’s degree at the University of Cambridge. This research-oriented scholarship covers all tuition and fees, a living allowance of £11,000 to £13,000, a grant of $1,500 for international travel and $500 for personal travel abroad, reimbursement for UK visa application fees, and the possibility of a Special Research Grant of up to $2,000. The total value of a Churchill Scholarship is worth more than $60,000.

In most fields, the master’s degree involves only laboratory research, while in others there is a combination of courses and research. Acceptable fields of study include, but are not limited to, astronomy, astrophysics, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, genetics, theoretical mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematical statistics, medicine, experimental physics, theoretical physics, and zoology.

The selection criteria for Churchill Scholars include:

  • Outstanding academic achievement, as indicated by course grades and recommendation letters.
  • Proven talent in research and a capacity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the sciences, mathematics, and/or engineering.
  • Outstanding personal qualities, especially through talents and activities outside of academic realms.

If you are interested in applying for the Churchill Scholarship, you may also be interested in applying for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which does not require UNC’s endorsement.

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You must meet the following eligibility requirements to apply for the 2018 Churchill Scholarship:

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be currently enrolled as a senior at UNC or have graduated from UNC during the past year (There is no age requirement)
  • Possess a competitive GPA (Most competitive applicants have a 3.7 GPA or higher)
  • Will have obtained a bachelor’s degree before using the Churchill Scholarship award
  • Must not have obtained a doctorate degree
  • Receive UNC’s endorsement through the Office of Distinguished Scholarships

Application Deadline

Thursday, September 28, 2017 (5:00 pm ET)

Tips & Advice

Students interested in applying for the Churchill Scholarship should:

  • Attend an ODS information session to learn more about the Churchill Scholarship application process.
  • Contact Dr. Jason West, Chair of the UNC Churchill Scholarship Selection Committee, before the beginning the fall semester. Applicants will receive feedback to consider as they prepare for the endorsement deadline.
  • Applicants who would like feedback on their personal statement and resume are encouraged to submit drafts to ODS, preferably before the end of the spring semester.

Recent Churchill Scholarship Recipients

Benjamin Kompa ’17 (2016-17)

Blake Hauser ’16 (2015-16)

Surge Biswas ’13 (2013-14)