- Northeastern: 09/10/2023
- Fellowship: 10/11/2023
The Kanders Churchill Scholarship in Science Policy addresses the growing divide between science and science policy. It funds a Cambridge Master's in Public Policy (see http://www.polis.cam.ac.uk/study-at-polis/graduates/MPhilPP) for those who have earned an undergraduate degree in a STEM field (either as a major or minor concentration).
At present, there are up to two Kanders Churchill Scholarship available each year. The recipients will join the cohort of the 16 Churchill Scholars in science, mathematics, and engineering, bringing the size of the group to 18 Scholars.
We have instituted an endorsement process in order to assist Northeastern University applicants; applicants are free to apply at large if they prefer (though we don't recommend this). If you are interested in applying, contact URF@Northeastern.edu for additional information.
Term Length: 1 year
Needs Institutional Endorsement
US Citizenship Required
Minimum GPA: 3.7
It is open to US citizens, who hold a bachelor’s degree with a major or minor in science, mathematics or engineering. There is no time limit since graduation for applicants for this award
Requirements for the MPP program are:
- Minimum GPA of 3.7 from a US university or the equivalent. (Please click here for country equivalent)
- For those whose first language is not English and who have not previously studied for a degree in an English language university, evidence of proficiency in English: an IELTS score of 7.5 (with a minimum of 7.0 in each individual component).
- A desire to make a positive impact on public policy – whether in government, industry or the third sector, at a national or international level.
The Selection Committee will consider candidates’ academic achievements in STEM as well as their preparation for the Master’s in Public Policy.
The Kanders Churchill Scholarship is a full scholarship, the successful candidate will be registered for the MPhil in Public Policy and will be based at Churchill College.
We have instituted an endorsement process in order to assist Northeastern University applicants; applicants are free to apply at large if they prefer (though we don’t recommend this). If you are interested in applying, contact URF@Northeastern.edu for additional information.
To earn Northeastern’s endorsement, students will create an application for entrance into the Cambridge University Master’s in Public Policy program in advance of the official award deadline. These materials will be shared with Northeastern’s internal endorsement committee through our Internal Fellowship Portal and select candidates will be nominated for endorsement by the university and receive the assistance of URF in forwarding the strongest possible application.
Endorsed candidates will then apply directly to Cambridge, stating their interest in the Kanders Churchill Scholarship.
Application materials include:
- An 800 word statement of interest. This should outline the applicant’s interest in public policy, why the applicant is choosing to study in Cambridge and where they see their career progressing after leaving the course
- A 1000 word essay. This should detail a policy issue of interest, why it is important and how it should be tackled.
- Your current CV
- Evidence of Competence in English if English is not your first language.
- Two Academic References (please solicit these through our Internal Fellowship Portal — not the official Cambridge University site until after your application has been endorsed), from those who have taught you or supervised academic research or work (co-op references are not necessarily excluded, you’ll just want to be sure that they are appropriately titled and in a roll such that they can speak to your capacity to carry out your degree program)
- A current and official Northeastern University transcript
Candidates will state their interest in the Kanders Churchill Scholarship on their Cambridge application and must put Churchill College as their first college choice. The selection process will be completed by the end of December.