Kanders Churchill Scholarship - Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

October 14, 2021

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The competition is now open for one Kanders Churchill Scholarship in Science Policy. The Kanders Churchill Scholarship was created to address the growing divide between science and science policy.


The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States launched the Kanders Churchill Scholarship in Science Policy in 2017, for attendance at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, in the 2018-19 academic year.

At present, there is just one Kanders Churchill Scholarship available each year.

The recipient will join the cohort of the existing 15 Churchill Scholars in science, mathematics, and engineering, bringing the size of the group to 16 Scholars.

The Kanders Churchill Scholar will hold a bachelor's degree (either as a major or minor concentration) in science, mathematics, or engineering, and will attend the Cambridge Master's in Public Policy.

The Kanders Churchill Scholarship is an exciting addition to the Churchill Scholarship program and builds upon science policy seminars, which were introduced in the 2016-17 academic year for all Churchill Scholars.

The Kanders Churchill Scholarship was made possible through a generous donation from Churchill Foundation Board Member Warren Kanders.

MPhil in Public Policy


The Cambridge MPP is an interdisciplinary graduate degree intended for individuals who are developing, or hope to develop, careers as leaders in policy formulation and implementation, within local or national government, in the not-for-profit sector, with an NGO or within the private sector. 

The course aims to promote and strengthen the interconnections between science, research and innovation in public policy. Integral to these aims, the MPP will promote better awareness within policy circles of scientific developments and emerging technologies, which in turn will encourage long-term thinking and better strategic planning.   

The course provides students with a range of opportunities to develop their academic and practical understanding of public policy through a broad set of lectures, seminars, exercises and simulations.  Our aim is to accelerate your understanding of policy making and to assist you in making a significant impact in public service.

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The selection process is different from that for the other 15 Churchill Scholars.

Applicants for the Kanders Churchill Scholarship must be US citizens who are seniors when they apply or have graduated from any US institution.

Unlike the other Churchill Scholarships, there will be no application to the Churchill Foundation. Instead, candidates will state their interest in the Kanders Churchill Scholarship on their Cambridge application: 

As with all Churchill Scholarships, applicants must put Churchill College as their first college choice.

The selection process will be completed by the end of December. The Selection Committee will consider candidates’ academic achievements in STEM as well as their preparation for the Master’s in Public Polic


Deadline: October 14, 2021

Cost/funding for participants:


  • Scholars: Fifteen Churchill Scholarshipsare offered annually. The Scholarship is tenable from nine to twelve months, in accordance with the academic program.
  • Total Value: The Churchill Scholarship is worth around $60,000,depending on the exchange rate. It covers all University and College fees (currently about $40,000).
  • Living Allowance: Churchill Scholars receive a living allowance, which in 2018-19 is £11,083if enrolled in a nine-month program, £13,447if enrolled in an eleven-month program, and £14,777if enrolled in a full-year program.
  • Travel Allowance: Scholars receive an allowance of up to $1,500for travel to and from the United Kingdom, as well as reimbursement of applications fees for a UK visa and health surcharge (currently over $500).
  • Special Research Grant: The Foundation also offers the possibility of a Special Research Grant of up to $2,000.This grant may cover travel for presentations at international conferences, short stays at another university or institute for special research, and other activities.
  • Married Students: Married students should consult with the Foundation about additional support in accordance with the guidelinesof the University of Cambridge.
  • Seminars: Churchill Scholars are offered seminars on science communications and science policy. Also, the members cohort has regular meetings to present their research to each other.
  • Special Visits: Each cohort has the opportunity for a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms in London and to meet London-based Trustees, often including some of Churchill’s descendants.
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