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Churchill Scholarship

Important Dates

Campus Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
National Application Deadline (Application Period): 
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Date of information session event / application workshop: 
Thursday, June 23, 2022 - 12:00


Open to: 
Graduating students
Recent graduates/Alumni
Eligibility requirements: 
  • Citizen of the U.S. between the ages of 19 and 26 at the start of program.
  • A senior enrolled in or recent graduate (within the past 12 months) of Stanford.
  • Nomination from Stanford University.


Application Process: 


The Churchill Scholarship has a campus process and requires a Stanford nomination. Therefore, you need to be aware of two deadlines: a campus deadline and a national deadline. Stanford can nominate two candidates to the Churchill Foundation for further selection. The campus deadline is typically in mid-October and the national deadline in early November. The application process is lengthy and requires many months of preparation.

Candidates must apply for the scholarship and apply for admissions to a graduate program in science, math, or engineering at University of Cambridge separately. They must also put Churchill College as their first choice.

Should I apply?

Important information, which can help you determine if the Churchill Scholarship is right for you, can be found here:

Link: Churchill - Should I Apply Handout

Additional information on the Churchill Scholarship, including application criteria, can be found at:

Campus Application Process

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Four Academic Letters of Recommendation - 4 people who are directly familiar with your academic or research work should submit their letters through the Churchill online portal by October 11.
  1. PDF of application (to be downloaded from Churchill application system once you submit your application)
  2. Stanford Churchill Cover Sheet (see above on this webpage)
  3. Stanford Nomination form waiver (available at the ORC)

Application Materials:

  • Application form
  • Proposed program of study essay (1 page)
  • Academic and Research History essay (up to 2 pages)
  • Correspondence with the laboratory supervisor at Cambridge (email is acceptable). It should indicate a willingness to accept the student into his or her laboratory, pending a successful application.
  • Official Transcripts (current and previous institutions, study abroad or summer program transcripts if not already included on institution’s transcript.)

Additional Information


How the ORC can help?

After reading this website and the official Churchill website you should fill out the ORC Interest Form (located at either the top of this page or our ORC homepage). Next, attend a U.K. awards info session. The schedule for current info sessions can be found on the lower left of our ORC homepage:  

Amount Awarded: 
Number Awarded: 

About the Churchill Scholarship

The Winston Churchill Foundation of the U.S., established in 1959, supports outstanding American students to do graduate work in engineering, mathematics, and the sciences at Churchill College, Cambridge University. The Scholarship is worth around $60,000, depending on the exchange rate. It covers all University and College tuition and fees. In addition, Churchill scholars receive a living allowance, a travel allowance and a research allowance, as well as reimbursement of application fees for a U.K. visa.


About the Kanders Churchill Scholarship

The Churchill Foundation launched the Kanders Churchill Scholarship in Science Policy in 2017 to address the growing divide between science and science policy.
At present there are two Kanders Churchill Scholarship available each year. The recipient will join the cohort of the existing 16 Churchill Scholars in science, mathematics, and engineering, bringing the size of the group to 18 Scholars.
The Kanders Churchill Scholar will hold a bachelor's degree (either as a major or minor concentration) in science, mathematics, or engineering, and will attend the Cambridge Master's in Public Policy (see


Administered by Stanford
1 year program
Program Requirements: 

The Churchill Scholarship is only tenable at Churchill College, so you must put Churchill College as your first choice on the Cambridge application. The Scholarship is only for a 1-year Master's degree, so your application must be for an MPhil (Master of Philosophy) or MASt (Master of Advanced Study), or in rare cases an MRes.