Churchill Application

Amherst internal Churchill deadline: October 13, 2021
Application to Cambridge must be submitted by OCT 13

Before you start, read this Churchill overview. See Application Advice for general tips on fellowship applications, advice about seeking recommendations, and examples of essays by winning candidates and finalists.

Application Components

The Winston Churchill Foundation provides clear and very detailed instructions on all application components within the online application portal. Read the instructions carefully and adhere to them precisely! The application includes information you enter, essays you upload, and letters you request from recommenders. It also requires you to upload a complete, scanned version of your offical transcript(s). All of these components are due by the above deadline. After you complete the online application and submit it, the Director of Fellowships will procure it from the online portal. The application opens in June, and allows you to save as you go and return to it. Start early and proofread carefully!

Note that Churchill applicants must apply to the University of Cambridge by mid-October (exact date TBA) to be considered.

Information you enter:

The online application includes space for you to enter biographical and academic information; future career plans , non-academic interests and activities; research/employment experience; scholarships, prizes, and other distinctions; publications; papers under review; publications and presentations; oral and poster presentations; the program you will have applied to at Cambridge; and names of four recommenders. You will not upload a resume; rather, you will insert what would normally go in a resume or cv within the application. This sample application shows the order of the questions and word limits. Register for the online application here. You can save as you go.

Essays and other documents you upload:

Proposed Program of Study (1 page, 1" margins, 12 pt Times Roman; heading in upper left corner with your name and Amherst College on line 1; Proposed Program of Study on line 2) Please see Programs of Study for a list of potential courses. For the MASt in Mathematics, read this document. In this essay, make your own case for the program you are choosing based upon your previous research and study, and outline what you hope to accomplish in your Master's year. While your plan will necessarily be detailed, even technical, it must be comprehensible to an educated reader from another scientific field. The Selection Committee is made up of former Churchill Scholars from a variety of disciplines, and it is not possible to represent every specialized area of the sciences, mathematics, and engineering. Citations are not necessary, but you can include brief ones if you feel it is important.

Applicants for the MASt in Pure or Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics, or Astrophysics should use this part of the application to demonstrate your close familiarity with the department’s rich offerings, suggest which courses you wish to take, and describe your rationale for that selection.

Personal Statement (2 pages, 1" margins, 12 pt Times Roman); heading in upper left corner with your name and Amherst College on line 1; Personal Statement on line 2: This Statement can be an intellectual autobiography in which you describe what drives you and how your academic career has evolved. While the Personal Statement is primarily about your academic trajectory, you should feel free to discuss other work and activities that provide a fuller picture of who you are and who you want to be. This is a good place for you to describe your particular role and contributions to your research projects. The Foundation and the Selection Committee assume that these documents are your own personal work (although it is acceptable for you to seek editorial advice), and your signature on the application testifies to this. Please do not repeat information from the Proposed Program of Study.  It will not be helpful to use this section to praise the University of Cambridge or Churchill College, nor is it advisable for you to assert that you are an ideal candidate for the Scholarship.

Correspondence with Lab Supervisor: A copy of any correspondence (email is acceptable) with the laboratory supervisor at Cambridge indicating a willingness to accept the student into his or her laboratory, pending a successful application. (Note that this is not necessary for applicants to the MASt in Mathematics or Astrophysics or for certain part-taught MPhil courses where the supervisor will be selected later. Please contact the Foundation if there is confusion about your particular course.)

Transcripts:  Upload official, non-encrypted transcripts from Amherst College and from any study abroad or transfer institutions. 

Documents you request:

Recommendation letters: Please read the Advice for Candidates on our Recommendations page. The Churchill Foundation requires four academic recommendations from teachers, laboratory directors, and others with whom you have pursued your research and studies and who know your work well. The Selection Committee prefers to see letters from people with direct knowledge of your research, so they advise you request no more than one or two from professors who only know your classroom work. If you list one or more NSF REU, internship, or other similar research experiences in your application, you must ask at least one of your supervisors to write on your behalf. Do not request recommendations from those in non-STEM fields, from personal relationships, or extracurricular activities. If you are applying to Part III of the Mathematical Tripos (Pure, Applied, or Mathematical Statistics), at least one of your recommenders should address the level of your preparation in math. Share your resume and a draft of your Research Plan and Personal Statement with your recommenders.  Show your recommenders the information under For Recommenders on our Churchill Overview page. Recommenders will upload their letters to the online application portal in response to an email you trigger in the application.

Questions? Please contact:
Christine Overstreet, Director of Fellowships
212 Converse Hall, 413-542-2536, 
Eric Myers, Associate Director, Fellowships                              
Mailing address: Office of Fellowships, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002

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