Video about the Churchill Scholarship

Award Details 

The Churchill Scholarship provides funding to American students for a year of Master’s study in science, mathematics, and engineering at the University of Cambridge, based at Churchill College. The Scholarship was set up at the request of Sir Winston Churchill in order to fulfill his vision of US-UK scientific exchange with the goal of advancing science and technology on both sides of the Atlantic, helping to ensure our future prosperity and security.


An applicant for the Churchill Scholarship must be a citizen of the United States, either native-born or naturalized, and must be a graduating senior or a recent graduate (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. 

Other criteria include: 

  • Outstanding academic achievement, especially in the major, as indicated by course grades and recommendation letters. 
  • Proven talent in research and a 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. 
  • Outstanding personal qualities. 

Application Timeline 

OSU may nominate up to two candidates per year for the Churchill Scholarship.
Please contact LeAnn Adam to discuss your interest in applying. 

OSU Campus Deadline: October 2, 2024

National Deadline: November 1, 2024

All applicants must apply separately for admission to the University of Cambridge by mid-October. 

OSU Contact 

LeAnn Adam 
Director, OSU National and Global Scholarships Advising 
[email protected]


  • It seems that there’s only one year of funding associated with the Churchill Scholarship. What happens if your program of study takes longer than one year?

The Churchill Scholarship is for one year of study at the University of Cambridge for one of two Master’s degrees: the MPhil (Master of Philosophy) or MASt (Master of Advanced Study), both of which take one year to complete. In other words, the scholarship only supports graduate degrees that take one year to complete anyway. In the early 1980s the Foundation decided to support only one-year programs in order to increase the number of Churchill Scholars. The Churchill Scholarship is worth around $60,000, depending on the exchange rate. It covers all University and College fees (currently about $40,000) in addition to a living allowance and a travel allowance.