University of Wisconsin–Madison

CHURCHILL SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINES

UW-Madison deadline:  July, 20 2020
Foundation deadline:  November 2, 2020

*Candidates must be nominated by UW–Madison and may not apply directly. Students interested in applying should contact the Undergraduate Academic Awards Office for more information about the application process. Contact: 608-265-2428, awards@provost.wisc.edu

DESCRIPTION

Established in 1959, the Winston Churchill Foundation offers American students of exceptional accomplishment the opportunity to study mathematics, engineering, or the sciences at the graduate level, at the University of Cambridge. At least 13 scholarships are made available annually to U.S. students.

AWARD

The scholarship covers all college and university tuition fees for one year of graduate study in a STEM field at Churchill College, University of Cambridge. Students also receive a living stipend, an allowance of up to $1,500 for travel to the United Kingdom, and the possibility of a special research grant of up to $2,000.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Citizen of the United States, either native born or naturalized
  • Senior enrolled in one of the institutions participating in the Scholarship Program or a student who has recently graduated from one of those institutions.
  • Upon taking up the Churchill Scholarship, a scholar must hold a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent, and may not have attained a doctorate degree.
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.8 recommended
  • Extensive research experience recommended

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Outstanding academic achievement, especially in the major, as indicated by course grades and recommendation letters
  • Proven talent in research, as evidenced by extensive laboratory experience, internships, or related work, while applicants in mathematics will show substantial independent work or other projects
  • Outstanding personal qualities–understanding the time commitment required by research, the Churchill Foundation does not seek so-called “well-rounded” applicants; instead, it seeks applicants with interesting “jagged edges.” The Committee takes into account interests and achievements outside of research, but it does not favor any particular kind of activity.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To be considered for nomination, applicants must submit a complete campus application to the UAA Office by the campus deadline (see section below). The campus committee reviews applications and selects two candidates for nomination. Nominated candidates complete and submit the Churchill Scholarship Foundation application in early November, and the University of Cambridge graduate admissions application in early October. Applications for the Churchill Scholarship are reviewed by a Selection Committee comprised of at least eight former Churchill Scholars from a variety of STEM disciplines. An offer cannot be made before completion of an informal telephone interview in December. Scholars are announced publicly in January.

CAMPUS NOMINATION PROCESS

Please submit the following materials by 11:59 p.m. on the campus deadline.  Items 2-5 below will be submitted via the online campus application form (link below).  Letters of recommendation are to be submitted separately via email to the Undergraduate Academic Awards Office, awards@provost.wisc.edu.

  1. Campus Application Form
    This is the campus application to be considered for nomination for the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, and/or Churchill scholarships. You can apply to be nominated for more than one scholarship. Please note: You won’t be able to save your work to the online campus application, so plan to fill it out and submit at one sitting. Use a PDF of 2020 campus application as a guide to plan your answers.
  2. Personal Statement (no more than 750 words) describing your academic and other interests.  Help the reader understand who you are and how your academic passions and future goals have evolved.  Reflect on and analyze some of the significant activities/experiences that have shaped you.
  3.  Proposed Academic Program Essay(s) For each scholarship you check on the application form, write an essay (no more than 250 words each) giving reasons for your first choice academic program and university. How is the academic program a good fit for you? How will the program (as opposed to a top-ranked program in the U.S.) add value to your education and further your educational and career goals? If you want to pursue a research degree (as opposed to a taught master’s), outline the research you wish to undertake and list the name and title of the faculty member who has agreed to work with you if you receive the scholarship.
  4. A “Résumé” or List of principal activities (two pages, no smaller than 10 pt font) Organize to showcase your strengths.  You may want to include sections on education (universities attended, majors, degrees earned); research and publications; academic honors, awards and scholarships; service/volunteerism; employment and internships; other activities/interests.  For each activity you list, be sure to include your title/role, the name of the organization, dates active, and a brief explanation of your involvement/responsibilities.  Emphasize your leadership experiences. Don’t assume the reader will be familiar with UW-Madison or the surrounding community.
  5. Transcripts from all colleges attended (for campus purposes, an unofficial transcript or a copy of your UW-Madison student record is fine, as are photocopies of transcripts from other institutions).
  6. Letters of recommendation at least four for the Churchill Scholarship, from professors or research mentors (PIs) in STEM fields. If you are applying for nomination to more than one UK/Ireland scholarship, your recommenders do not need to submit a separate letter for each scholarship.  For the campus competition, they can submit one “combined” letter, recommending you for all the scholarships for which you are applying. They can address the letter to “Members of the UW-Madison Nominating Committee” and email an electronic copy to awards@provost.wisc.edu.   Should you receive university nomination, your recommenders will need to submit a separate letter to each of the scholarship foundations.  Please read over and give your recommenders a copy of Effective Recommendation Letters for UK-Ireland Scholarships.

Churchill Scholarship Website: See http://www.winstonchurchillfoundation.org/ for official information on the scholarship (which supersedes any information provided here).

RESOURCES

UAA Comparison Guide – UK-Ireland Scholarships
Previous Churchill Scholars
UK-Ireland Info. Session Webinar June 17, 2020