Winston Churchill Scholarship

Funding for 1 year of postgraduate study in math, science, or engineering at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge

Churchill Scholarships offer American students of exceptional ability to pursue graduate studies (master’s degree) in sciences, engineering and mathematics for 9-12 months at the University of Cambridge based at Churchill College. The scholarships are highly competitive and covers tuition fees, and living expenses, and travel expenses.


  • Be a U.S. citizen (native born or naturalized)
  • Must be a senior who is enrolled or graduated from the University of Utah in the past 12 months
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree by start of the award and may not have attained a doctorate
  • Endorsement from the University of Utah


  • 15 per year

Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrated academic excellence (i.e., GPA, achievement in STEM courses, recommendation letters)
  • Proven talent in research (i.e., extensive lab experience, internships, related work, projects, etc.)
  • Outstanding personal qualities (i.e., interests and achievements outside of research)

Application Material:

  • Churchill Scholarship Application
  • University of Cambridge Application
  • 1-page Proposed Program of Study
  • 2-page Personal Statement
  • Correspondence with a potential lab supervisor (if applicable)
  • 4 letters of recommendation
  • University Endorsement

University Endorsement Process:

  • University endorsement is a competitive process and not guaranteed. Students seeking University of Utah endorsement must submit certain application components by the University’s deadline. The U may nominate up to two applicants each year for the Churchill Scholarship.


University deadline: Early September

External deadline: November 2, 2020 by 3 pm MST



Early September: University deadline

Mid-October: University of Cambridge deadline

November 2, 2020 by 3 pm MST: National deadline

Mid-January: Finalist interviews

Early February: Notification of selection

Length of Program: 9-12 months

Scholarship Website:

Contact Information:

Director: Ginger Smoak:

Advisor: Alison Shimko: