The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States accepts nominations for the Churchill Scholarship from a limited number of Participating Institutions. If you are interested in applying, you should first contact the scholarship office at your undergraduate institution. Each institution will have an internal application deadline some weeks in advance of the Foundation nomination deadline.The next nomination deadline for the Churchill Scholarship is:
Monday, November 2, 2020, at 5pm Eastern TIme.
These instructions are for the 15 Churchill Scholarships available in science, mathematics, and engineering. (Applicants for the Kanders Churchill Scholarship simply apply to the Master's in Public Policy at the University of Cambridge by October 14, 2020, the same date as the Gates Cambridge deadline, and indicate that you would like to be considered for that award.) Applications for the Churchill Scholarship are reviewed by a Selection Committee comprised of at least eight former Churchill Scholars from a variety of STEM disciplines. An offer cannot be made before completion of an informal telephone interview.
Criteria for selection
A) Outstanding academic achievement. There is no minimum GPA, though most applicants have a very high average. The Committee looks at achievement in STEM courses, especially in the major, as indicated by course grades and recommendation letters.
B) Proven talent in research. 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. The Committee looks for originality and creativity.
C) Outstanding personal qualities. Understanding the time commitment required by research, the Churchill Foundation does not seek so-called "well-rounded" applicants; instead, it seeks applicants with what we call interesting "jagged edges." The Committee takes into account interests and achievements outside of research, but it does not favor any particular kind of activity.
D) The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States is committed to a policy against discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental status, race, color, religion, national origin, or disability or any other characteristic protected by law.
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.