Princeton Deadline: October 22, 2015
Note: Applicants for the Churchill Scholarship must make independent application to Cambridge University by October 15, 2015
Information Session: September 21, 2015, 7p.m., Friend Center 114
Adviser: Dean Peter Bogucki, firstname.lastname@example.org, 8-4554 (please call for appointment)
Fields of Study: sciences, engineering, computer science, and mathematics
Description: The U.S. Winston Churchill Foundation’s Scholarship Program enables about 14 students in the natural and physical sciences, engineering, computer science, or mathematics to study for one year at Churchill College, Cambridge University. Every year Princeton can nominate two students for the Churchill Scholarship.
- U.S. citizen
- Enrolled senior or a graduate within the past 12 months, in the year of application
- Bachelor’s degree by the start of grant period.
Criteria for Selection
- Exceptional academic achievement in all disciplines, but especially in the major (previous Churchill Scholars have had a grade point average of at least 3.7).
- Awards and prizes
- A capacity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge by pursuing original, creative work at an advanced level.
- The promise of contributing to the advancement of knowledge in one's field of endeavor.
- Outstanding personal qualities (e.g. character, adaptability)
Applicants to the Churchill Scholarship must be nominated by Princeton. The nomination process involves the submission of the Churchill application and supporting materials by the Princeton campus deadline to Dean Peter Bogucki, C-207 Engineering Quad:
- Online Churchill application
- 1,000-word personal statement
- 500-word academic proposal
- Four (4) letters of recommendation
- Official Transcripts
- GRE general test scores. Note: GRE scores are not required by the Princeton deadline, but will be required if you are nominated (i.e. you will need GRE scores by late December).
At the beginning of January, a screening committee composed of former Churchill Scholars evaluates and ranks all the applications and selects some 24 finalists. The following week those finalists have a telephone interview with the Foundation’s executive director. Fourteen Churchill Scholars are named no later than the third week of the month.
Churchill Scholars may enroll in one of the following one-year programs:
- Master of Philosophy (choice of various scientific disciplines)
- Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics (Part III of Math Tripos)
Advice for Churchill Applicants:
- Investigate the opportunities at Cambridge University thoroughly so that you can identify specific faculty and laboratories that correspond to your interest. Contact them by e-mail to signal your interest in working with them. For a list of programs at Cambridge, see http://www.cam.ac.uk/deptdirectory.
- Choose four science, math or engineering faculty members who can write strong and detailed letters on your behalf. Terse and perfunctory letters, even if from famous scholars, do not help your candidacy; most should come from Princeton science, math or engineering faculty who have taught you in courses or advised your research. Note: If you have participated in an external program (e.g., an NSF REU, internship, etc.), at least one of the recommendation letters should come from that program.
- Think carefully about your personal statement; keep it focused on your research subject. In general, it should take the form of a scholarly autobiography. Having said that, however, it is best not to make it self-congratulatory about your accomplishments or to include reminiscences about your childhood, but rather to recount your pathway to your current level of scholarly maturity factually as a basis for discussing what you expect to do with a Churchill Scholarship, both during the year you hold it and then afterward as you embark on a scholarly career.
- Visit the Churchill College website at www.chu.cam.ac.uk.