Churchill Scholarship

Dates and Deadlines

Pre-application deadline:
June 30, 2017

Campus application deadline:
October 13, 2017

University of Cambridge application deadline:
October 13, 2017

Scholarship application deadline:
November 7, 2017


Winners of the Churchill Scholarship receive the full cost of tuition and fees for 9-12 months of STEM research graduate study at Churchill College, University of Cambridge. Churchill Scholars also receive a living allowance, travel allowance for to/from the United Kingdom, an additional travel award, and visa fee re-imbursement. There is also the potential to receive research grant funding, and potential for married students to receive additional support.


  1. U.S. Citizen
  2. Senior at time of application who will graduate in the current academic year, or a student who has graduated from UC Davis within the past 12 months, and has not attained a doctorate.
  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.9 or greater
  4. Be pursuing an eligible program of study

Candidate Profile

Applicants should have outstanding academic achievements, especially in their major. Applicants must also have extensive lab research experience in a STEM related field, or significant independent studies (for mathematics). Students with less than two years of lab research experience by the end of their undergraduate degree will generally not be considered competitive. Applicants will need to submit a proposed program of study based upon previous research and should therefore, desire to pursue a research based graduate degree. Applicants should also show a capacity to pursue original, creative work and to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics. A minimum of four outstanding academic references related to the applicant’s field of research are required.

Applicants should have a desire to study in Cambridge, England and should also have a clear, articulate sense of what Churchill College stands to gain from his/her presence at the College.

Scholarship Website

Campus Procedure

UC Davis is one of only 100 institutions invited to endorse up to two applications to the Churchill Foundation. A campus interview will be conducted for all applicants who meet the qualifying criteria to determine who will receive campus endorsements. UC Davis will only endorse students who the committee feels have a legitimate chance of winning the Churchill scholarship, even if this means less than two endorsements are submitted in a given year.

To be considered for endorsement, applicants need to submit completed copies of the following documents to the Undergraduate and Prestigious Scholarship Office at

  1. Churchill Scholarship Preliminary Application (pdf) 
  2. Applicant Profile
  3. Churchill online application

Students who are endorsed by UC Davis will be required to apply to Churchill College, University of Cambridge separately from the Churchill Scholarship Application. Endorsement for and acceptance to receive the Churchill Scholarship does not guarantee admission to Churchill College, University of Cambridge.