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  1. Applying for a Churchill Fellowship

  2. Misbah Khan & Felicity Aston, Churchill Fellows, North Pole

  3. The opportunity “The Fellowship was one of the best experiences of my life. Even after five years, the connections, the people, the learning and the feelings that I experienced still influence me today.” – Policeman Mark Walsh, Fellow

  4. The vision “We empower individuals to learn from the world and transform lives across the UK. We believe in the potential of the individual for personal growth and public impact.” – Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

  5. Arfah Farooq, Churchill Fellow, Google HQ, USA

  6. What is a Churchill Fellowship? • A travel grant to research a cause you care about: • This will fund you to spend up to two months overseas, meeting experts, visiting projects and learning new ideas. • When you return, you will be helped to use what you’ve learnt to make change happen in your sector or community. • You can choose your own topic and destinations, so long as the ideas you bring home will have a clear practical benefit to the UK.

  7. Who can be funded? • People with ideas for change: • People with the potential to make change happen, whoever they are and whatever their background. • With ideas that can make a practical and worthwhile contribution to UK society, in any field whatsoever. • NB: academic research is not funded.

  8. What can be funded? • Ideas for change from people with potential: • Ideas that can make a practical and worthwhile contribution to UK society, in any field whatsoever. • People with the personal potential to make that change happen, whoever they are and whatever their background. • NB: academic research is not funded.

  9. Who runs the Fellowships? • Churchill Fellowships are run by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust: • A charity set up on the death of Sir Winston Churchill in 1965, as his living legacy to the UK. • Every year WCMT awards 150 Fellowships to outstanding individuals from every area of UK society. • WCMT helps them to become knowledge leaders and change-makers for their communities and professions.

  10. Dr Andrew Rowland, Churchill Fellow, Cambodia

  11. Why apply for a Churchill Fellowship? • They are life-changing: • A chance to expand your professional and personal horizons by visiting the best projects and meeting the global leaders in your field, anywhere in the world. • They help to make change happen: • Fellows influence practice and policy in every area of society, from local services to national policies. • They are for everyone: • Open to all UK resident citizens aged 18 or over, regardless of qualifications, age or background.

  12. How to apply • By 17 September 2019: • Fill in the online application form at, explaining your aims and plans. • Then: • In November 2019, shortlisted candidates are asked to complete a detailed proposal form. • In January 2020, shortlisted candidates also attend a 20-minute interview in London. • In February 2020, 150 successful candidates are told they have been awarded a Fellowship and can start travelling from April.

  13. Debbie Austen, Churchill Fellow, Japan

  14. Apply now at by 17 September 2019

  15. Current categories for Fellowships • You can apply in any of these categories: • Arts for the built environment • Education • Emergency response • Enterprise & social impact • Environment, conservation & sustainable living • Healthcare • Palliative and end of life care • Physical activity for healthier lives • Rural living • Science, technology & engineering • Suicide prevention • Plus ‘Open category’ for everything else

  16. Arts for the built environment • For innovative use of any of the arts for the built environment: • Contemporary or heritage arts, crafts or design, in any genre. • Designing, making, commissioning, access, education or commercial use. • For public or private space. • Particularly from practitioners, including architects.

  17. Education • For improving or transforming how children and young people learn in schools: • Particularly for projects to help ensure children enjoy good mental health. • Also particularly for projects to encourage recruitment and retention of school teachers, through improving their professional leadership, motivation and development. • This category is in partnership with The Mercers' Charitable Foundation.

  18. Emergency response • For innovations in the management of public emergencies of all kinds, from prevention to response to post-crisis recovery: • Projects may relate to frontline and rescue services or to the agencies and charities that work on crisis management in the widest sense (including infrastructure, early warning, survivor support, rehabilitation, reconstruction and policy). • For operational, tactical or strategic implementation.

  19. Enterprise: supporting social impact • For exploring enterprise as a positive force for social good: • Includes enterprise-driven solutions for social issues, • Or innovations in charities to increase income, sustainability and autonomy. • Applicants encouraged from social-purpose organisations, or from businesses embedding social good across their working practices. • This category is in partnership with The Rank Foundation.

  20. Environment, conservation & sustainable living For any topics from across this wide field.

  21. Healthcare: innovations for the twenty-first century • For projects that will make a positive contribution in the areas of: • Public and community health. • Clinical practice. • Technology and innovation. • Teaching and training.

  22. Palliative and end of life care • For improving palliative and end of life care: • Particularly in less common life-threatening conditions. • For developments in medicine or other practice areas, or legal and ethical issues, or integration of this field into other areas of care. • From health professionals or other sectors - social workers, counsellors, volunteers, community carers and organisations and others. • This category is in partnership with Marie Curie.

  23. Physical activity: making moves for healthy lives • For encouraging everyone to take up and enjoy physical activity: • Using sport, exercise or physical activity as a vehicle to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing. • In community-led programmes, for children and young people, workplace wellbeing or active ageing.

  24. Rural living: strengthening countryside communities • For multidisciplinary approaches to strengthening rural communities: • For example - to invigorate transport networks, to reimagine housing, employment and enterprise, or to improve access to education, culture and healthcare. • This category is in partnership with The Prince's Countryside Fund.

  25. Science, technology & engineering • For any topics from across this wide field: • Particularly for projects relating to the communication of science and technology by any means, • Or the fusion of the arts and science, • Or efforts to encourage interest and participation in science by the public, including the use of the internet to hold dialogues.

  26. Suicide prevention • For preventing suicide and self-harm, or supporting those bereaved by suicide: • Particularly to support initiatives to provide safe spaces, listening opportunities and practical support in all settings. • Includes projects relating to community-led and non-clinical initiatives, and those delivered by a range of providers, including and beyond the mental health sector. • This category is in partnership with the Samaritans.

  27. Open category For any projects that meet the criteria but are not covered by the other categories. NB: this category includes expedition leaders.

  28. Young people • Anyone aged 18-25 is actively encouraged to apply, in any of the award categories: • WCMT appreciate that younger applicants may lack professional experience and take this into consideration during the selection process. • WCMT also, where appropriate, offer mentoring to help young Fellows develop their skills and ideas before travel.

  29. Apply now at by 17 September 2019