Churchill Scholarship

Churchill Scholarship

Churchill Scholarships support one year of graduate study in engineering, math, or science at Churchill College, Cambridge University.

From the Churchill Scholarship webpage that describes conditions of eligibility: "An applicant for the Churchill Scholarship must be a citizen of the United States, either native born or naturalized, and must be a senior who is enrolled in one of the institutions participating in the Scholarship Program or a student who has graduated from one of those institutions within the past 12 months. Upon taking up the Churchill Scholarship, a Churchill Scholar must hold a bachelor's degree or an equivalent, and may not have attained a doctorate."

Additional information including bios of past and current scholars available at the Churchill Scholarship website. Students who want to attend Cambridge University should also consider the Marshall Scholarship and the Gates-Cambridge Scholarship.

To compete for a Churchill Scholarship, candidates must be US citizens and be nominated by their home institution. As a nominating institution for the Churchill Scholarship, Indiana University can put forward a maximum of two nominees. There are two stages in applying for the Churchill Scholarship - a mandatory campus nomination and interview stage and, if nominated, the national deadline.

Scholarships for graduate study

To compete for a Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell or Churchill Scholarship, candidates must meet eligibility requirements set by the scholarship programs. All require that an applicant be a U.S. citizen (See page 10 of the Rhodes brochure for eligibility of other nationalities). Participation in the competitions at the national level requires formal nomination by an applicant's university.

Campus nomination deadline

The next campus deadline for nomination for a Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell or Churchill scholarship is Monday August 24, 2020. Interviews will be held on Friday August 28, 2020. The committee will notify applicants of its decision within a day or two of the interviews.

A minimum 3.7 GPA (cumulative) is required at the time of the campus nomination deadline.

Students seeking nomination must send a brief email to campus representative Paul Fogleman (pfoglema@iu.edu) stating their intent to apply. (This is not a commitment to completing the application. An indication of your interest in seeking the nomination will aid in planning and organizing the campus review.) 

There are four parts of the campus nomination application. Applicants complete the first two and turn them in as Word or pdf documents to Paul Fogleman by email: pfoglema@iu.edu

  1. Three statements are required:

    • Personal statement: Describe the academic and other interests and pursuits that have had the greatest influence on your academic and career ambitions (approximately 750 words).
    • Reasons for studying in the UK or Ireland: Explain why you want to study at the graduate level and how this experience will benefit you in the future (approximately 500 words).
    • Proposed academic program: Describe your proposed academic program, giving reasons for your choice and for your preferred university (approximately 500 words). If you are proposing to pursue a research degree, outline the research you wish to undertake.
  2. A maximum 2 page CV or résumé listing activities and honors.

  3. Transcripts: unofficial IU transcripts will be accessed by the Office of National Scholarships and Awards and added to application materials.

  4. Three letters of recommendation that comment on your work and accomplishments sent by email to Paul Fogleman (pfoglema@iu.edu). Students who are nominated will need to provide additional letters for the respective award programs - Churchill (4); Marshall (4); Mitchell (4); Rhodes (5-8).

If you have questions regarding the scholarships or possible programs of study, contact the Nomination Committee Chair, Tim Lemper, or Paul Fogleman in the office of National Scholarships & Awards.

2020 Nomination Committee Chair Tim Lemper
Campus Representative Paul Fogleman

Students interested in applying for a Rhodes or Mitchell scholarship need to be aware of a policy for the personal essay which requires applicants to attest that their statement has not been reviewed or edited by anyone else (verbatim description below). In order to meet the Rhodes requirement, applicants will need to inform the campus representative Paul Fogleman (pfoglema@indiana.edu) of their intention to apply for a Rhodes or Mitchell Scholarship and he will advise each applicant accordingly.

All applicants must add the following statement at the conclusion of their personal statement and before their signature:

"I attest that this personal statement is my own work and is wholly truthful. Neither it nor any earlier draft has been edited by anyone other than me, nor has anyone else reviewed it to provide me with suggestions to improve it. I understand that any such editing or review would disqualify my application."