The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States offers annual grants that enable American students to pursue graduate work in engineering, mathematics, or the sciences at the University of Cambridge as residents of Churchill College, Cambridge.
The Churchill Scholarship leads to either the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or the Master of Advanced Study (MASt), depending on the field, The MPhil in most instances is a research degree, while the MASt involves courses and research.
Brown is one of a select cohort of American colleges or universities invited each year to nominate two candidates to compete for fourteen Churchill Scholarships. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens currently enrolled at Brown or recently graduated and hold a bachelors degree by the time they begin their scholarship year.
The selection criteria include exceptional academic talent and achievement and a capacity to contribute to an advancement of knowledge in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics by pursuing original, creative work at an advanced level. Applicants should have research experience in a laboratory or with independent work or other projects. The foundation also looks for applicants with what they call interesting “jagged edges,” by which they mean some level of engagement with other types of pursuits in addition to their science, math, or engineering involvements.
Churchill applicants need to determine exactly what course of study or kind of research they intend to pursue at Cambridge. Churchill scholars are not confined to Churchill College for supervision, but can study under any faculty member at Cambridge. See the Churchill Fellowship Guide to programs at Cambridge.
The award provides payment of all university and college tuition and fees at Cambridge, a maintenance allowance, and a travel allowance plus reimbursement of applications fees for the UK visa. Additional financial support is available for married students whose spouses accompany them. In all, the Churchill Scholarship is worth between $45,000 and $50,000 depending on the program of study and prevailing rates of exchange.
Fellowships in the U.K. and Ireland - A Guide for Students
All applicants must submit a complete application to the Dean of the College Office by the campus deadline of October 28, 2015 by 11:45pm EST.
• The Churchill application form which can be found on the Foundations website
• Proposed Program of Study (MPhil applicants should have made contact with a relevant laboratory and Cambridge faculty members and they should reference these in their essay)
• Personal Statement
• Four (4) letters of reference (from the candidate's field of study)
• A letter of interest or commitment from a director of a laboratory at Cambridge, if available and if relevant
• One (1) official transcript from each institution you have attended
Please note that applicants must apply separately for admission to a Master's degree program at the University of Cambridge by the end of October.
If selected as one of Brown's nominees, you will need to submit your GRE or MCAT scores as these are required by Churchill.
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