University of Wisconsin–Madison



UW-Madison deadline:  July 15, 2019
Foundation deadline: October 31, 2019 (5:00 p.m. EST)
*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,


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.


The scholarship covers all college and university tuition fees for one year of graduate study at Churchill College, University of Cambridge. Students also receive a living stipend as well as an allowance of up to $1,000 for travel to the United Kingdom.


  • 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 Churchill Scholar must be between the ages of 19 and 26, 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


  • Exceptional academic talent and outstanding achievement, especially in the major, as indicated by course grades
  • 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
  • Applicants in mathematics will show substantial independent work or other projects
  • Outstanding personal qualities


  1. Must be nominated by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (See campus nomination process below.)
  2. The campus committee reviews applications and endorses two candidates.
  3. Endorsed candidates may revise their application before submitting nationally in November.
  4. Candidates must apply separately for admission to the University of Cambridge no later than mid-October.
  5. Churchill finalists will be announced in early January and interviewed by phone in mid-January.
  6. Scholars are announced in February/March.


  • To be considered for nomination, submit a print-out or PDF of your completed Churchill application to the UAA Office by the campus deadline. (Do not press “SUBMIT” on the online application unless and until you receive university endorsementHere are instructions for the application.
  • One copy of application materials, including supporting materials, must arrive at the UAA Office by 4:30 p.m. on the day of the campus deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all letters of recommendation are received by the campus deadline. For the campus competition, recommenders may email letters to (a signed letter on letterhead is needed for the national competition).
  • Applicants may submit an unofficial UW–Madison transcript (student record available through MyUW); transcripts from other universities must be official.
  • Email materials to: Churchill Scholarship Nominating Committee, c/o Undergraduate Academic Awards Office:

Churchill Scholarship Website: See for official information on the scholarship (which supersedes any information provided here).


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