Churchill Scholarship

Fellowship Information

NC State Endorsement Required:


Named in honor of Sir Winston Churchill, the Churchill Scholarship is a one-year award that leads to the Maters of Philosophy in the many areas of the Biological Sciences, the Physical Sciences, and Engineering or to the Master of Advanced Study in Pure Mathematics or Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics from the University of Cambridge. Churchill Scholars reside in Churchill College. Mithi “Mia” de los Reyes is NC State’s first recipient of the Churchill Scholarship!

Who Should Apply:

U.S. citizens who are graduating seniors or received their undergraduate degree in the previous academic year. Applicants are evaluated on exceptional academic achievement (unweighted GPA 3.7 and above is strongly recommended), a record of advanced research and study, awards, honors and prizes, and outstanding personal qualities. Applicants must pursue graduate study in science, engineering or mathematics. Applicants must also complete an application to their program of interest at Cambridge which is due in mid-October. Applicants should also consider applying to the Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

Fellowship Benefits:

The Foundation also offers the possibility of a Special Research Grant of up to $2,000; this grant may cover travel for presentations at international conferences, short stays at another university or institute for special research, and other activities.

Program Duration:

1 year master’s program at the University of Cambridge.

Citizenship Requirements:
STEM Fields Only:

Applicant Information

Recommended GPA:
3.700 and above (unweighted)
Academic Level:
Alumni (from previous 12 months)

Documents, Deadlines, and Submission Instructions

NC State Campus Deadline:

August 1, 2017 by 5PM ET

Applicants: If you are considering applying for this award, you should email FAO staff and share your interest. You should also meet with FAO staff at least once early in the campus, or endorsement, application process. A strong endorsement application typically requires multiple drafts over a period of several weeks or months, and it should be treated as your final application. We therefore recommend that you meet with us as early as possible so that we can get to know you and give you feedback on your campus application.

In order to submit an endorsement application, you must submit your materials by the campus application deadline posted with our online submission form (click for the link). Please be sure to look at the online submission form before you are ready to submit to make sure everything is formatted correctly. Letters of recommendation are also due by that deadline, but should be submitted by the recommendation writer as noted below.

Download application instructions for the campus deadline here as a PDF file.

Letters of Recommendation: It is a good idea to share with your recommenders a draft of your application. Please be sure to read, and then share with each recommender, the guidance from FAO that provides instructions for what to include in the letter. This letter is posted below.

You should not have access to your letters of recommendation. Your recommenders will need to submit their letters of recommendation with a different online submission form (click for the link). If they need to submit with a different method or have any difficulty, they should contact FAO staff.

Download letter of recommendation guidance here as a PDF file.

Churchill Scholarship NC State endorsement interview date (interview may be required for endorsement):
To be confirmed. Please hold the following dates and times on your calendar: August 18, 2017, 8AM-5PM ET and August 28, 2017, 8AM-5PM ET. If you will be out of town and cannot reschedule, contact us immediately and no later than the campus deadline.

National Deadline for Campus Representatives:
Early November 2017

Additional Information