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Churchill Scholarship

Established in 1963, the Churchill Scholarship funds one year of graduate research and study in a STEM field at the University of Cambridge. 15 Scholars are selected each year.  Scholars typically complete a one-year Master’s degree before applying to US or UK doctoral programs, although the Churchill can be used to fund the first year of a two year Master’s program at Cambridge.

Applicants for the Churchill are strongly encouraged to consider applying for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship as well since it will also support a 1-year master's degree in a STEM field.

Institutional Endorsement: The Churchill Scholarship does not accept direct applications; students must be nominated by the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSF). Please see this page for application instructions for endorsement.  The University of Michigan may nominate up to two students each year.

U-M Nomination Deadline: Final Monday of September by 12 noon.

Cambridge Application Deadline: Applicants for the Churchill Scholarship must apply to their intended graduate program at Cambridge by October 11th.  Applicants must list Churchill College as their first choice on the Cambridge application.

U-M Contact: Henry Dyson, Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSF)


  • A citizen of the United States (non-US citizens may want to apply for the Gates Cambridge or other UK scholarships)
  • Between 19 and 26 years of age at the time of application.
  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree, but cannot have completed a doctorate, by time of enrollment at Cambridge.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.7, although most successful applicants with will have a 3.9 or above and significant research accomplishments in their proposed field of study.  (Profiles of the 2016-2017 Churchill Scholars)

Application Instructions:

Contact Henry Dyson to register as an applicant for U-M nomination.

Please see the Churchill Scholarship website for detailed instructions regarding the online application.

NOTE: Applicants for the Churchill Scholarship must apply for Churchill College on their Cambridge applications, even if you are also applying for other scholarships such as Gates Cambridge of Cambridge Trust.

Applicants for U-M nomination should submit each of the following to Henry Dyson at by 12 noon on the final Monday of September:

1) A PDF of the online Churchill application.  This application will include lists of awards, publications, activities, etc. typically found on a resume as well as 2 page personal statement and 1 page proposed program of study. NOTE: applicants should not hit Submit on the application at this stage.  A button on the right side of the online application allows you to create a draft of your online application to submit for the institutional nomination process.  Only selected nominees will submit the online application to the Churchill Foundation after a final review with Henry Dyson.

2) Four academic letters of recommendation from faculty or research sponsors in the applicant’s STEM field of study.  At least one letter of recommendation must come from the applicant’s research supervisor. 

  • Applicants should fill out the ONSF Student Waiver prior to requesting letters of recommendation. 
  • When requesting letters of recommendation, you must provide each of your letter writers with a signed copy of the Churchill Recommendation Form.  Please instruct your recommenders that this form must then accompany their letters of recommendation at the time of submission.  Letters of recommendation, along with the Churchill Recommendation Form, must be submitted directly to ONSF via this Online Submission Form.  Additionally, please advise your recommenders that their letters of recommendation should be entitled "StudentLastName_StudentFirstName_AdvisorLastName" with "Churchill Recommendation" in the subject line.

3) Email correspondence with the laboratory supervisor at Cambridge indicating a willingness to accept the student into her/his laboratory, pending a successful application. (Not applicable to applicants to the MASt in Mathematics or Astrophysics.)