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Churchill Scholarship: Cambridge University

Churchill College, Cambridge University

Churchill Scholarship

•  Established in 1959, the Winston Churchill Foundation was founded by American friends of Churchill,  who wanted to fulfill his wish of always having young American graduate students at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge.

•  A one-year scholarship tenable at Cambridge University, UK that offers American citizens of exceptional ability and outstanding  achievement the opportunity to pursue graduate studies in engineering, mathematics, or the sciences at Cambridge.

•  One of the newer colleges” at the University of Cambridge, Churchill College was built as the

national and Commonwealth tribute to Sir Winston, who in the years after the Second World War presciently recognized the growing importance of science and technology for prosperity and security. Churchill College focuses on the sciences, engineering, and mathematics.

Criteria for Selection

•  Exceptional academic talent and outstanding achievement, especially in the major, as indicated by course grades.
•  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, prizes, research, and letters of recommendation.

•  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 Churchill Foundation does not seek so-called “well rounded” applicants; instead, it seeks

applicants with what we call interesting “jagged edges. Successful applicants display a bewildering array of talents activities outside of academic pursuits, especially in music, athletics, social service, among other activities.


•  A public research university located in Cambridge, United Kingdom. It is second oldest * university in both the United Kingdom and the English-speaking world, and the seventh-oldest globally.

•  Formed in 1209 by scholars leaving Oxford after a dispute with townsfolk. The two “ancient universities” have many common features and are often jointly referred to as Oxbridge
•  Ranks as one of the top universities in the world: first in the world in both the 2010 and 2011 QS World University Rankings, sixth in the world in the 2010–2011 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and fifth in the world (and first in Europe) in the 2011 Academic Ranking of World Universities. Cambridge regularly contends with Oxford for first place in UK league tables.
•  Graduates of the University have won a total of 61 Nobel Prizes, the most of any university in the world. Academic staff of the University won a total of 52 Nobel Prizes, second most of any academic institution (after Columbia University).