The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States has awarded Harvard College seniors Zhou Fan and Yi Sun Churchill Scholarships for 2010-11.

The scholarship program, which was established in 1959, offers American students of “exceptional ability and outstanding achievement” the opportunity to pursue one year of graduate studies in engineering, mathematics, or the sciences at the University of Cambridge, England. The scholarship covers or assists in university and college fees, a living allowance, and travel expenses, and provides the opportunity to apply for a special research grant.

Fan, who will receive an A.B. in mathematics and an M.S. in computer science from Harvard, and Sun, who will receive an A.B. and an M.A. in mathematics and economics from Harvard, will both work toward master’s degrees in advanced study in pure mathematics at Cambridge. Fan, after his year of study in Cambridge, will return to the United States to work on a Ph.D. in applied mathematics, computational mathematics, or statistics. Sun will return to pursue a Ph.D. in theoretical mathematics.