Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Churchill Fellowship 2020 - Travel to Learn – Return to Inspire, UK

Churchill Fellowships are a unique opportunity for anyone to research new ideas overseas and make change happen in their profession or community when they return. Churchill Fellowships are research projects that require overseas travel. They investigate inspiring practice in other countries, in order to identify new and better ways of tackling a wide range of current challenges facing the UK.

Churchill Fellows are funded to travel anywhere in the world for 4-8 weeks, pursuing a practical topic of their own choice. Every UK adult citizen can apply, regardless of age, background or qualifications. A Churchill Fellowship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand your professional and personal horizons by researching an issue that you care about, with the global leaders in that subject, anywhere in the world.

After their journeys, Fellows tell us they feel recharged and inspired. They value the time to think, learn and take stock of their subject and their career. They come home with new perspectives and directions – and the drive to put them into practice

Fellows go on to become experts and leaders in their fields, set up projects and organizations, and influence practice and policy in their workplace, region and even across the nation. We choose them for their ideas and commitment and we back them every step of the way – because a Churchill Fellowship is for life.

Joint us on whatsapp, telegram, LINE


Each individual grant is calculated based on the project, destination(s) to be visited and the duration of the Fellowship. Our aim is that all travel related costs will be covered.
What will my grant cover?
The grant covers:
  • Economy class returns travel to your destination countries.
  • Internal travel in your destination countries.
  • Food and accommodation for the duration of your travels.
Some costs for interpreters, carers and conference attendances may also be covered, on a case-by-case basis.


  • Fellows come from all over the UK and from many different backgrounds. We do not require qualifications, but you should be passionate about what you do and keen to share your passion to inspire others.
  • Every UK citizen can apply for a Churchill Fellowship. They are looking for people from all parts of society and all age groups, who are keen to make a contribution to their community or profession. They are interested in talent and commitment, which can come from anywhere.
  • Fellows come from all over the UK and from many different backgrounds. They do not require qualifications, but you should be passionate about what you do and keen to share your passion to inspire others.

To apply, you must satisfy all of these criteria:
  • A UK Citizen and have a UK passport at the time when you apply
  • Resident in the UK.
  • Aged 18 or over when you submit your application form (or turn 18 by the end of that year).
  • To become a Fellow you do not need particular qualifications or experience. You do not need to be a leader in your organization or your field. But you must have a passion for your project topic, for learning how to improve it and for making change happen.
  • Anyone aged 18 and above can apply, and they receive applications from across the age spectrum, from school-leavers to retirees. All are assessed equally, regardless of seniority.
Fellowships Requirements:A successful application must show:
  • An idea that can make a practical and worthwhile contribution to UK society, in any field whatsoever.
  • A reason why the idea should be researched overseas, anywhere in the world.
  • An applicant with the potential to make change happen, whoever they are and whatever their background.
They are keen to see ideas that fall within their current award categories, which evolve each year to reflect contemporary issues. Any other ideas can be submitted within our Open category.

They need to see all of these:
  • An idea that aims to solve a clearly stated need or issue in UK society, whether professionally, locally or nationally.
  • An idea for which there are new approaches and solutions in projects you can visit overseas.
  • An idea that is not already being implemented in the UK.
  • A clear sense of where and why the idea could be researched abroad (as opposed to in the UK or from your desk).
  • A clear sense of how the idea could be translated into practical action on the applicant’s return from abroad.

How to Apply:

  • Application: the first stage is to complete our simple Application Form online. The form asks about your proposed topic and travels, and some standard personal details. It also asks which award category your project relates to. You should use this form to demonstrate that your project is feasible and meets our funding criteria. If your project concerns children or adults at risk, they would expect you to have relevant experience and be able to assess the risks in order to safely carry out your project. The deadline for us to receive the form is 5 pm on 17 September 2019. Late forms will not be considered.
  • Shortlisting: if you are shortlisted, they will contact you in November and ask you to complete our in-depth Shortlist Form online. You will have around three weeks to complete and submit this form. It requests more detail about your project, an outline budget, and two references. It will form the basis for a short interview in January.
  • Interviews: all shortlistees are invited for a 20-minute interview by a panel of people from their field, in January.
  • Results: successful candidates will be informed in February. You will then be invited to attend one of our New Fellows’ Seminars in London, where you can meet our team and learn how to plan your project and set up your trip. You can travel from April onwards.


17 September 2019