Student Fellowships & Awards

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Churchill Scholarship

Internal Deadline: September 4, 2014
Liaison: Julie Fry

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Description

A 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."

Eligibility

An 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.

Selection Criteria

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."

Application Procedure

Interested students should use this form to request an internal application (which is NOT the online Churchill application form)  by August 1. Any students selected through the internal process will then complete the University of Cambridge online application form.   Consult Cambridge University's Graduate Studies Prospectus (http://www.cam.ac.uk/CambUniv/GSProspectus/). The final application includes standard biographical data, statement of purpose, personal statement, four academic references, transcripts, and GRE--general test (test date must assure receipt of scores by the end of December). Find information about GRE test dates and registration procedures (http://www.gre.org/). Applicants must apply separately to the University of Cambridge no later than October 15. Please see the Web site of the Board of Graduate Studies of the University of Cambridge for all requirements and details (http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/gradstud/). Contact Michelle Johnson with any questions.