Student Fellowships and Awards
Internal Deadline: September 5, 2013
Liaison: Irena Swanson
DescriptionA Churchill scholarship awards one, and only one, year of graduate study in engineering, mathematics, and the physical and natural sciences leading to a certificate, diploma or Master of Philosophy degree at Churchill College, Cambridge University, England. All tuition and fees are paid, with a 10,000-13,000 British pounds living allowance depending on the course of study. Additional funding is possible for research and travel. The one-year awards lead to the Masters of Philosophy (MPhil), the Certificate of Post-Graduate Study (CPGS in different fields), the Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS in theoretical or applied mathematics), and a Diploma (in Computer Science). The Foundation does not accept application for the MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development or other policy-focused programs. The Foundation Director advises applicants to avoid the Department of Pathology: "There are ample opportunities in other departments to pursue similar lines of research."
EligibilityAn applicant for a Churchill Scholarship must be a U.S. citizen and a senior who is enrolled in one of the institutions participating in the Scholarship Program competition or a student who has recently graduated from one of those institutions. Upon taking up a scholarship, a Churchill Scholar must be between the ages of 19 and 26, hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent, and may not have attained a doctorate.
Exceptional academic achievement in all disciplines, but especially in the major, as indicated by course grades (previous Scholars have had a grade point average of at least 3.7). 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 and prizes and by letters of reference. Applicants in the sciences and engineering will show extensive laboratory experience, internships, or other related work, while applicants in mathematics will show substantial independent work or other projects. Scores on the Graduate Record Examinations. (Please note that the GRE Subject Test is no longer required.) Outstanding personal qualities. Also, from the current executive director, the following: "the factors that make an applicant stand out are a certain intellectual spark; a commitment to making a serious contribution to your field of inquiry, the promise of intellectual leadership, and less easily defined personal qualities that suggest you will benefit from a year in Cambridge and that Churchill College and the University of Cambridge will benefit from your presence there."