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Two Stanford students win Churchill Scholarship

The award provides support for American students to pursue one-year master’s degrees in STEM fields at the University of Cambridge in England.

Stanford seniors Benjamin Przybocki and Jenny Shi are recipients of the 2024 Churchill Scholarship. (Image credit: Courtesy Office of Global Scholarships)

Stanford seniors Jenny Shi and Benjamin Przybocki are recipients of the 2024-25 Churchill Scholarship. They are the first Stanford students to receive the award since 2019.

This year, a total of 16 outstanding American scholars in science, technology, or math will receive the scholarship, which covers full tuition for one year of master’s study at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge in England. The award also comes with a competitive stipend, paid travel costs, and a chance to receive a $4,000 research grant.

Shi is majoring in chemistry and minoring in computer science. At Cambridge, she will pursue an MPhil in biological sciences, working in the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology. She intends to eventually pursue an MD/PhD and aspires to be a physician scientist, primarily a professor studying molecular neuroscience.

Przybocki is majoring in mathematics with honors (CS theory and discrete math subplan) and minoring in philosophy. At Cambridge, he will pursue an MPhil in advanced computer science. Przybocki intends to later complete a PhD and pursue a career researching automated reasoning. Specifically, he hopes to run a research group devoted to automating mathematical reasoning. He hopes to lay the groundwork for a new era of math where humans team with computers to make breakthroughs.

The scholarship is administered by The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States and was established in 1963 at the request of Sir Winston Churchill to encourage scientific exchange between the United States and the United Kingdom. Its goal is to advance science and technology on both sides of the Atlantic and help ensure future prosperity and security.

International scholarships

Stanford students interested in overseas scholarships and Stanford faculty interested in nominating students for such awards should contact Diane Murk, manager of the Office of Global Scholarships at, of the Bechtel International Center.