Quick Facts
Eligibility Requirements
Selection Criteria
Contact Information

The Winston Churchill Foundation was established in 1959 as an expression of American admiration for Sir Winston Churchill. The Foundation’s aim is to encourage the exchange of knowledge and the sharing of ideas in science and technology between the U.S. and Great Britain.

Churchill Scholarships enable American students of exceptional ability to study at Cambridge University, one of the world’s great universities. The Scholarships also provide the opportunity to experience life in Britain, to forge friendships with British students and those from many other countries who are enrolled at Cambridge, to see something of Europe and countries beyond, to see the United States from a new perspective and to gain personal insights about oneself that come from living abroad and adjusting to new challenges. At least ten scholarships are offered annually for one year of study.

Quick Facts

The Churchill Scholarship

  • Field of Study: Engineering, Mathematics, Science
  • Type: Graduate
  • Place of Study: Churchill College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England
  • Award: All tuition and fees (equivalent to $44,000 -$50,000); living/travel allowance of £10,000 - 12,000, plus a travel allowance for one roundtrip US to UK, up to $1,000. Opportunity to apply for a Special Research Grant, up to $2,000.
  • MIT Deadline: September 4
  • National Deadline: November 12

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be enrolled as a student in a participating institution
  • Be between 19 and 26 upon acceptance
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a U.S. college upon acceptance, and may not have obtained a doctorate

Selection Criteria

Applicants are chosen on the basis of:

  • Achievement in academic work as indicated by course grades
  • Capacity for original, creative work as shown by special recognition or letters of reference
  • Character, adaptability, and a demonstrated concern for critical problems of society


See official site for details and forms.

Applications must be submitted to MIT. NOTE: MIT endorses only two candidates for the Churchill Scholarship. Complete applications consist of the following materials:

  • Must apply to Cambride University by mid-October and must select Churchill College
  • Completed Churchill Foundation Application Form, including the Supplemental Information Form and Statement of Purpose
  • 4 reference forms for the Churchill Scholarship Application, 2 reference forms for the Graduate Admissions Form
  • A transcript from each institution attended


MIT Process


  • Meet with a fellowships advisor. Appointments can be made by sending mail to or by visiting Distinguished Fellowships in E39-305.
  • Subscribe to: to receive information about upcoming workshops, fellowship deadlines, etc. Send mail to to be added to the mailing list.
  • Attend a workshop on distinguished scholarships.
  • Research and develop your research project plan.
  • Line up faculty who will write your recommendations.



  • Submit completed applications to E39-305 by the MIT deadline (see above).
  • Take GREs if you haven’t already done so.
  • Review and revise your application. Seek the advice of faculty, staff and fellow students to increase its strength. Staff members in Distinguished Scholarships are available to critique your essays.
  • Provide your referees with all the information they need to supply a letter of recommendation.
  • Sign up for campus interview by emailing

Early November             

  • MIT sends applications to Churchill Foundation.

National Process


  • The Committee determines the rank-order of those considered qualified for a scholarship. Applicants are notified whether or not they have received the Screening Committee’s endorsement.


  • The Foundation announces the list of award recipients. 

Contact Information

MIT Representative           

Kimberly L Benard
Assistant Director, Distinguished Fellowships
Global Education
MIT, Room E39-365
Tel: 617-253-4378

General Information

The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States
Peter C. Patrikis, Excutive Director
600 Madison Avenue, 16th floor
New York, NY 10022-1615
Tel: 212-752-3200
Fax: 212-246-8330
Churchill Foundation:

Cambridge University:

Cambridge University, graduate programs: