Churchill Scholarship

Funding for one year of graduate study/research in STEM fields (broadly defined) at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge. Churchill Scholars are chosen for their outstanding academic achievement, proven talent in research, capacity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge, and array of talents and activities outside of academic pursuits.

Internal Pitt Deadline: 31 September 2019

Final Deadline: 31 October 2019

Begin Today 

  • Research different programs at Cambridge that match your interests; look at programs in various departments. Be prepared to discuss your program ideas at your first Scholar Mentor advising appointment. 
  • Identify 4 recommendation writers.
  • Identify your support team.
  • Schedule a minimum of 3 advising appointments (via phone, Skype, or in person) with Aidan Beatty throughout the summer to discuss drafts and letter of recommendation writers (get on calendar now for all appointments).
  • Upload your CV or resume to your Scholarship Profile (contact Aidan Beatty at if you do not have a profile).
  • Read every page on the Churchill website.

Contact: Aidan Beatty, Scholar Mentor,


May to August 

  • Establish a connection with the director of your chosen laboratory at Cambridge. Obtain correspondence (email is acceptable) indicating the director’s willingness to accept you into his or her laboratory. Note: This is only necessary for MPhil applicants, not for applicants to the MASt in Mathematics or Astrophysics.
  • Send recommendation packet to your referees no later than July 15. Include a succinct program description, points in your profile they should address, unofficial transcripts, CV, etc. Also include the UK Award Recommendation Letter Guidelines (you will receive these after you discuss your letter writers with an advisor).
  • Send for all university/college transcripts, both in the United States and abroad.
  • Meet with a national scholarships advisor at least three times to review drafts of your application and essay.

September 31

  • Submit complete Churchill Scholarship application and Cambridge graduate program admissions application via attachments to Aidan ( We will ask your recommendation writers to send us drafts of their letters by this date as well. A campus endorsement committee will then meet to select 2 Pitt Churchill nominees.  

By October 13 

  • Submit graduate admission application.
  • Note: Churchill gives October 13 as the graduate admissions deadline, but if the deadline for your selected program is earlier, you must submit the graduate admission application by that earlier date.

October 31 

  • FINAL APPLICATIONS DUE for 2 University-endorsed students (e-mail ALL final materials to Aidan).