- U.S. citizenship required
- Must be enrolled in one of the institutions participating in the scholarship competition.
- Must be between the ages of 19 and 26, hold a bachelor's degree, and may not have attained a doctorate.
- Applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (*you no longer must take the single subject GRE). Applicants must take either the written or computer-based tests, and they should be certain to take them in time for the scores to be reported to the Churchill Foundation by the end of November. MCAT scores may be substituted for the GRE.
- Achievement in academic work as indicated by course grades; scores on the Graduate Record Examination; capacity for original, creative work as shown by special recognition and letters of reference; character, adaptability, demonstrated leadership.
- Applicants for the Churchill Scholarship must apply separately for admission to the University of Cambridge no later than mid-October (refer to the Board of Graduate Studies of the University of Cambridge website for all requirements and details).
Selection is based on: exceptional academic achievement demonstrated by course grades (GPAs usually are of at least 3.7 or A-); scores on the Graduate Record Examination; capacity for original, creative work at an advanced level as shown by special recognition and letters of reference; and outstanding personal qualities as demonstrated by leadership, activities, and social engagement. Applicants in the sciences and engineering will show substantial independent work or other projects, laboratory experience, internships, or other related work, while applicants in math will show substantial independent work or other projects.
A nomination from Hamilton College is required.
At least eleven scholarships, tenable for nine or twelve months depending upon the academic program, are offered annually. Scholarships cover all tuition and fees and providing a living allowance. In addition, there is a travel grant of up to $1,000 for travel to/from the U.K. Overall, the Churchill Scholarship, at current rates of exchange, is worth between $44,000 and $50,000 depending on the program of study. The Foundation also offers the possibility of a Special Research Grant of up to $2,000 which may cover travel for presentations at international conferences, short stays at another university or institute for special research, and other activities.
Apply for admission to the University of Cambridge in early October. Applicants for the Churchill Scholarship must indicate on the Cambridge application that they are applying to Churchill College.
The GRE Test must be taken in time to report scores for the November deadline