Churchill Scholarship


The Churchill Scholarship provides funding to American students for a year of Master’s study in science, mathematics, and engineering at the University of Cambridge, based at Churchill College. The Scholarship was set up at the request of Sir Winston Churchill in order to fulfill his vision of US-UK scientific exchange with the goal of advancing science and technology on both sides of the Atlantic, helping to ensure our future prosperity and security. Churchill Scholars receive funding for one year of graduate study, including tuition, stipend, and travel expenses. 


  • U.S. citizen
  • Senior or recent alumnus/a (graduated within the past 12 months of application)
  • 3.7 GPA or higher (3.8 or higher, highly recommended)
  • Demonstrate research excellence

 Application Materials: 

  • One personal statement (750-1000 words)
    • A sucessful personal statement will answer the following questions:

      • What are your career goals and professional aspirations?

      • How have your program studies or experiences at Penn State prepared you for your proposed course of study?

      • What prompted you to see further academic study in the UK specifically? Is there a specific program you've identified for an application?

      • How does the proposed course of study support your career goals?

  • Indication of scholarship(s) for which you wish to be nominated
  • Two letters of recommendation addressed to the campus evaluation committee
  • List of additional letter writers and brief descriptions of the contexts in which you know each
    • 6-8 additional writers for Rhodes
    • 3-5 additional writers for Marshall, Mitchell and Churchill
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Transcript(s)

Application Procedure:

Office Application Deadline - March 19, 2023

Given that the university is required to nominate its candidates, there is an office application deadline and a campus evaluation process. 

To be considered for University nomination, you must submit the materials listed above to our office via email ( Recommenders should email us their letters directly. You will be notified in April if you've been selected to interview with the campus committee. Nominees will have a chance to revise their materials, if necessary, prior to final submission. Nominees will spend the summer working with the office on the application materials required by the Churchill Foundation.

           National Application Deadline - TBD

Application materials required by the Churchill Foundation must be submitted online by the Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Mentoring Office with the accompanying letter of institutional endorsement and letters of recommendation.

Year at Time of Application: 
Junior, Senior or Beyond, Recent Alum
Duration of Award: 
Full Year or More
No Preference
Office Nomination
Area of Interest: 
Agricultural Sciences, Engineering, Environmental and Geosciences, Life Sciences, Information Technology and Computer Science, Mathematics, Nursing and Health Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Statistics
Earliest Application Deadline: 
Jan. – April
Penn-State Sponsored: 
Fellowship Components: 
Graduate School