Churchill Scholarship

Information Session: NISO Week 9/17-9/21

Campus Deadline: September 9, 2018

Fields of Study: Engineering, mathematics, and sciences

Funding for: One year of graduate study at the University of Cambridge

Begin Application: Junior year (Seniors and recent graduates with very strong academic records in eligible fields are also invited to apply.)

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The Churchill Scholarship supports 14 American students each year who excel in engineering, mathematics, or the sciences, and who wish to pursue advanced independent research at the University of Cambridge while residing in Churchill College. The scholarship covers one year of study leading to a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree or a Master in Advanced Study in mathematics (MASt), including all university and college fees, plus a modest living and travel allowance.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen
  • Ages 19-26
  • May not have attained a doctorate at the time they take up the award

Candidate Profile

  • Exceptional academic achievement and talent in an eligible area of study (GPA: min. 3.7, but usually 3.9 or higher)
  • Strong record of research in your field
  • Potential to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics by pursuing original, creative work
  • Preparedness for rigorous, independent graduate study and research
  • Demonstrated leadership, extracurricular involvement, and social engagement

Application Components

  • List of research and relevant employment experience (e.g., lab positions, internships, etc.)
  • Program of Study essay of no more than one, single-spaced page, including a rationale for your chosen program of study at Cambridge and a clear link to your future goals
  • Personal Statment of no more than two pages, single-spaced
  • Certified transcript (or trasncripts)
  • Copy of your GRE or MCAT scores
  • Four letters of recommendation from faculty members
  • Letter of interest or commitment from the director of an appropriate laboratory at Cambridge

Application Procedure

Students must apply independently for admission to the University of Cambridge through the GRADSAF by mid-October and will complete a separate application for the Churchill Scholarship. Students MUST be nominated by Purdue University in order to apply for the Churchill. As such, Purdue applicants are reviewed by an internal committee who will select two nominees to the Churchill Scholarship competition.

Detailed campus application information is provided directly to applicants once they declare their intention to apply.

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