Deadline: 17 September 2019
A Winston 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.
We will fund you to spend up to two months overseas, meeting experts, visiting projects and learning new ideas. And when you return, we will help you to use what you’ve learnt to make change happen in your sector or community.
Not only that, the status of being a Churchill Fellow can open doors in your workplace, your sector and around the world. It gives you the credentials, knowledge and confidence to progress a cause that’s close to your heart.
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 organisations, 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.
Anyone can apply, regardless of age, qualifications or background. Fellows come from all parts of UK society and all walks of life. The only threshold is that you must be a UK resident citizen aged 18 or over. The only criteria are the power of your ideas and the potential of your commitment to make a difference when you come home.
WHAT WE OFFER
A Churchill Fellowship offers you the full funding to travel anywhere in the world for 4-8 weeks, researching a topic of your choice that can make a contribution to UK society on your return.
These are not academic research trips, they are journeys to learn about real-world issues from the leading practitioners in the world. And we want you to make a real-world difference with your learning when you come home.
For your travels, we will provide a grant that covers all expenses, and help with trip planning to make the most of this opportunity. On your return, we will assist you to share your findings with key audiences and make change happen in your profession or community.
We will prepare you for all this, before you travel, with our New Fellows’ Seminars, our online Fellows’ Resources and our lively programme of monthly webinars. After your trip we will help you to gather your ideas and share them the wider community.
We have networks of Fellows in your topic or region, who we can connect you with to share expertise, contacts and ideas. We have partner organisations who can help with follow-on activities and funding. And we have an effective publicity operation that can advise and assist with spreading your ideas through the media, digital channels, live events and influential meetings.
If you have a cause you’re keen to progress, through learning from the world, then we can help you – as we have helped over 5,600 Fellows over the years.
In return, we require you to summarise your findings in a report that can be shared with others, and to develop your ideas into a practical programme of action in your community or sector.
Our concept is as simple and powerful as that. We empower individuals to learn from the world, for the benefit of their communities and professions in the UK. You could be one of them.
At the heart of a Fellowship is a period spent travelling overseas to meet the leading practitioners and visit the most innovative projects in your chosen topic.
We provide a travel grant for you to do this. We also provide advice and assistance, before and after your travels, to help you make the most of their potential.
The grant will cover all the costs of 4-8 weeks’ travelling. You can visit more than one country and more than one continent. Typically, Fellows travel for six weeks to two or three countries, sometimes breaking the journey into two trips.
The amount of the grant is based on the itinerary you submit in your application and is calculated individually, depending on the needs of the project, such as duration and destinations. Our aim is that all travel-related costs will be covered by the grant.
A budget will be required from you at the shortlist stage and may be recalculated by us.
The grant covers:
- Economy return flights from the UK.
- Internal travel in your destination countries.
- Food and accommodation for the duration of your travels.
- In addition to the grant, we also pay for:
- Visa fees.
- Vaccination costs.
- Travel insurance.
- Subject to approval, we may also pay for:
- Conference fees.
- Translator costs.
- If you have a disability and need someone to travel with you, we will cover their costs for travel and accommodation, but not their fees.
In exceptional circumstances we may make a contribution to home expenses. This should be mentioned on the shortlist form, for discussion at interview. But please note this is rare.
Please note the grant does not cover:
- Equipment (eg cameras, specialised travel gear).
- Loss of income while travelling.
- Costs of replacement staff at your workplace.
For more Information: Visit the website WINSTON CHURCHILL FELLOWSHIP 2019/2020