What is the Churchill Fellowship?

A Churchill Fellowship offers Australian citizens a life-changing opportunity to travel overseas for 4 to 8 weeks to learn more about a topic or issue that they are passionate about.

Every application is assessed based on merit, a demonstrated need for the proposed research, the perceived benefit to Australia and a willingness to share the overseas findings and knowledge with the Australian community.

 

Background

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was formed in 1965 with the principal objective of perpetuating and honouring Sir Winston Churchill’s memory through the awarding of ‘Churchill Fellowships’.

Churchill Fellowships provide Australians from all walks of life the opportunity to travel overseas to investigate a topic or issue they are passionate about to gain skills and knowledge not readily available in Australia. They also reward proven achievement of talented and deserving Australians with further opportunity in their pursuit of best practice for the enrichment of Australian society.

The WInston Churchill Trust’s success is directly attributable to the achievements of its Fellows – over 4,400 talented Australians. Their projects are extremely diverse, invariably innovative and are the result of their dedication to make a difference.

 

Funding

The value of every Fellowship is different as it is calculated based on the number of countries to be visited, the duration of the approved Fellowship and an estimated airfare. The average value of a Fellowship is 29,000 AUD.

 

Eligible Projects

Every application for a Churchill Fellowship must be assessed on the merit of the proposed project. In this assessment the Trust considers that there are two distinct components of equal value:

  • Project which may include matters such as the following:
    • The need for the project in Australia at either a state/territory or national level
    • The benefits of the project to Australia at either a state/territory or national level
    • The itinerary and places selected
    • The necessity to travel overseas
    • The achievability of the project.
  • Applicant which may include matters such as the following:
    • Ability to maximise the opportunity of a Fellowship (current standing and experience in the field, skills and/or expertise
    • Ability and commitment to make a difference after the trip (ongoing involvement in the field, leadership qualities, a strategic approach, networks)
    • Ability and commitment to widely disseminate findings.

The Trust receives over 1000 applications annually and awards more than 100 Fellowships each year. The Trust is also fortunate to be supported by sponsors who donate to the Trust to address specific project objectives or fields of interest.

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible to apply for a Churchill Fellowship you must:

  • be an Australian Citizen over the age of 18
  • not be enrolled in tertiary studies directly related to the topic of your proposed project
  • have experience in and commitment to the field of your project
  • have a project that requires overseas investigation
  • be available to travel for 4 to 8 weeks between February 2021 and January 2022
  • be willing to share Fellowship findings with the broader Australian community

 

Timing

Applications close 30 April 2020.

 

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