United Kingdom: Churchill Fellowship is now open for Applications
Deadline: 17 September 2019
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.
A Churchill Fellowship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand applicants professional and personal horizons by researching an issue that applicant care about, with the global leaders in that subject, anywhere in the world.
- Their categories evolve each year as new issues and trends emerge. They are selected to address eight universal themes in society:
- Arts and culture,
- Community and citizenship,
- Economy and enterprise,
- Education and skills,
- Environment and resources,
- Health and wellbeing,
- Governance and public provision,
- Science and technology.
- Each category typically comprises 10 Fellowships and runs for three years. This creates a community of knowledge leaders in that subject, who can multiply their impact through networking and collaboration.
- They welcome partners to support each category with their expertise or funding.
- They develop new categories through their Advisory Council, who are experts in their fields.
What they fund?
- 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 applicant 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.
- A clear sense of how the idea could be translated into practical action on the applicant’s return from abroad.
What they do not fund?
- An idea that will only benefit the applicant, not the wider UK society.
- An application from more than one person or from a team (expedition leaders can apply, on their own behalf, in the Open category).
- A project that already has, or hopes to have, a large number of funders.
- Academic studies, dissertations for undergraduate degrees, degree placements, medical electives, student grants, internships, or courses of any kind.
- Post-graduate studies, unless they can show wider, practical benefits to others in the UK.
- Gap year activities, unless the application is for a stand-alone project that satisfies the criteria above.
- Art projects that will result only in an exhibition and have no public benefit beyond raising the profile and expertise of the applicant.
- Artist’s residencies.
- Research for fiction, unless it clearly has a wider public benefit.
Who they fund?
- 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.
- To become a Fellow applicant do not need particular qualifications or experience. Applicants do not need to be a leader in their organisation or their field. But applicant must have a passion for their 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.
- To apply, applicant must be:
- A UK citizen holding a UK passport. (If in doubt, please see the ‘Citizenship’ explanation below.)
- Resident in the UK.
- Aged 18 or over when applicant submit their application form (or turn 18 by the end of that year).
- Applicant can apply:
- If applicant are a previously unsuccessful applicant.
- If applicant were born in Northern Ireland, hold an Eire passport and are resident in the UK.
- If applicant are resident in the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
- If applicant reside in British Overseas Territories, or serve abroad in the Armed Forces or as a diplomat.
- Applicants cannot apply:
- If applicant are already a Fellow.
- If applicant do not meet the criteria above.
- If applicant project falls outside of their funding criteria.
- As stated above, at the time of their application, applicant must be a UK citizen who is resident in the UK and holds a UK passport.
- If this is not the case in any way, at the time applicant apply, applicant are unfortunately not eligible.
- For example, applicant would not be eligible if applicant had applied for a passport (or citizenship) but had not received it yet and therefore did not hold a UK passport.
- Similarly, applicant would not be eligible if applicant have a right to UK citizenship but have not yet applied for it.
How to Apply
Interested applicants can apply via given website.
For more information, please visit https://www.wcmt.org.uk/