Churchill Scholarships (rising seniors & alumnae)

Campus Application Deadline: ​11:30 pm on October 7, 2019

The Churchill Scholarships support one-year master’s degree courses at the University of Cambridge in engineering, mathematics, or the sciences: see the official website for a list of eligible programs of study. The award provides payment of all university and college tuition fees at Cambridge, a maintenance allowance, and a travel allowance.

What do Scholars and applicants have to say about the Churchill and graduate study at Cambridge? Read here, and/or hear from them directly in this five-minute video!

The Churchill Foundation currently offers up to fifteen scholarships each year. Wellesley is invited to nominate no more than two candidates to the national competition annually; the campus nomination process is coordinated through Fellowship Programs, part of Career Education at Wellesley.

*See also the Kanders Churchill Scholarship, a separate award for science policy; it supports an MPhil in Public Policy at Cambridge (see below for further information).

 

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are graduating seniors and recent alumnae ​of Wellesley College who are US citizens with majors in appropriate STEM fields.

Selection is based on: outstanding academic achievement, especially in the major (previous Scholars have usually had a GPA of 3.9 or better); proven talent in research and a capacity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics by pursuing original, creative work at an advanced level (as demonstrated by awards, prizes, research, and letters of recommendation; applicants in the sciences and engineering will demonstrate extensive laboratory experience, internships, or other related work, while applicants in mathematics will show substantial independent work or other projects); and outstanding personal qualities.

Note that to be eligible for the Churchill, you must also apply to Cambridge for the degree course of your choice, listing Churchill as your first-choice college, by the mid-October deadline listed on the Churchill website. (Some degree courses at Cambridge, especially highly quantitative courses, require standardized test scores, e.g. GRE, so plan accordingly.)

Choosing the right degree course for you can be far from straightforward, and you should check the Churchill website’s Programs of Study page for a guide and a list of ineligible courses. Interested Wellesley applicants are warmly encouraged to make an appointment with Kate Dailinger, Director Fellowship Programs, online through Handshake; she is delighted to help with the interpretation of Cambridge websites, the choice of program of study, application strategy, and more.

Cannot find an available appointment? Drop by Fellowships Pop-Up Advising: no appointment required. See our Events listings for details of in-person and virtual pop-ups year-round. 

 

How do I apply?

Detailed information and application instructions, along with the official application, may be found on the Churchill website. This information should be read carefully, along with the Wellesley application information here; pay special attention to the official application instructions, which are detailed and very specific.

To apply for Wellesley’s nomination for the Churchill the following materials must be submitted by the campus application deadline:

  1. Four academic letters of reference, from STEM faculty and ideally from STEM research supervisors (get as many letters from research supervisors as possible):  Please give your recommenders this link to allow them to submit their letters as pdfs of SIGNED ORIGINALS on LETTERHEAD; should they have any difficulty with the online form, please ask them to email their letters to fellowships@wellesley.edu. (*If recommenders would prefer, applicants may instead bring hardcopy letters to the Fellowships office in sealed envelopes with signatures across the flaps.) Applicants should note the official instructions concerning the choice of recommenders, and may send further questions to fellowships@wellesley.edu or book a Fellowships advising appointment with Kate Dailinger via Handshake.
  2. Via the official online application system for the Churchill, submit your application. Be sure to include the required documents:
    • List of Scholarships, Prizes, Awards, & other distinctions obtained (1 page max);
    • Research/Employment (1 page max);
    • Proposed Program of Study essay (1 page max);
    • Personal Statement (2 pages max)  
    • Laboratory placement (if applicable & available); may simply be an email from the prospective PI
    • Transcripts: For the initial campus competition, unofficial Wellesley College grade reports may be submitted. Also required, at least an unofficial transcript/grade report from any other institution attended for post-secondary studies, such as an institution from which you transferred or at which you studied abroad. Note that nominees will require (at least an electronic version of) official transcripts before the national deadline at the end of October--and that official transcripts may be required for application to Cambridge in mid-October; please plan ahead.
  3. In addition to submitting your Churchill application via the official online system, by the campus application deadline also submit the following materials via the form found here:
    • at least a draft copy of your Cambridge postgraduate degree course application, which you must submit to Cambridge by their mid-October Gates and other funding deadline, listing Churchill as your 1st-choice college.
    • Wellesley Fellowships office signature document (please print, sign & date this form, then submit a scanned pdf or other image of the signed document)

The campus committee (comprised of STEM faculty) reads applications for the Churchill and may choose to interview shortlisted candidates before selecting no more than two applications to send on to the national competition at the end of October. Nominees will have the chance to make final tweaks to their applications with the benefit of advice from the campus committee. After the national deadline, at the national level of competition finalists are invited to do brief telephone interviews, typically in early January, and decisions are announced shortly thereafter.

Interested Wellesley applicants, after doing some research of their own, are encouraged to book a Fellowships advising appointment with Kate Dailinger via Handshake: note that appointments are available during the summer, as well as during the academic year, and via telephone/videochat as well as in person. Note: with all the postgraduate fellowship deadlines in September and October, and all the interested Wellesley applicants, the August and September advising calendar fills up very quickly: why not beat the rush and talk with Kate earlier? As a bonus: planning ahead also makes it easier to ask for references and put a great application together, with much less stress...

Or drop in online or in person to Fellowships Pop-Up Advising (details via Career Education events listings on this website or in Handshake): no appointment required!

 

Questions?

Questions?
Email fellowships@wellesley.edu or call Caitlin Roberts-Donovan at 781.283.2347.  

*See also the Kanders Churchill Scholarship for science policy. It supports an MPhil in Public Policy at the University of Cambridge for US citizens who have graduated from any college or university in the US within the past two years with a major in science, mathematics, or engineering. The program builds upon the Churchill Scholarship's two days of science policy seminars and visits to UK government ministries. The Kanders Churchill selection committee will consider candidates' academic achievements in STEM as well as their preparation for the MPhil in Public Policy. 

To apply for the scholarship, apply to Cambridge for the MPhil in Public Policy by the early October deadline (exact date to be announced and will likely align with the deadline for US applicants for consideration for the Gates and other Cambridge scholarships), making certain to indicate Churchill College as your first-choice college and ticking the box to be considered for the Kanders Churchill Scholarship. (Note that this is a separate competition, for which you should apply directly: no institutional nomination is required, so you don’t apply through Wellesley. But Kate’s still more than glad to offer application advice: book a Fellowships appointment via Handshake over the summer and/or drop by in person or virtually to Fellowships Pop-Up Advising, detailed via Career Education events listings.)