In recent years we have developed several partnerships with other charities and organisations who have expertise in areas in which we are funding Fellowships. Each partnership is different but they all offer successful Fellows active networks of relevant professionals with whom to share their findings, and exchange ideas and best practice.

With help from our partners, we are able to effectively co-ordinate the knowledge gained and lessons learnt from a specific programme of Fellowships, so that they can be disseminated through the UK for the benefit of others.

Below are details of all our current partnerships:

The Arts, Crafts & Design


Early Years Prevention & Intervention



Medicine & Health 

Mental Health

New Approaches to Housing

Prison Reform


Young People


The Arts, Crafts & Design

Heritage Crafts AssociationHeritage Crafts Association (HCA)

The Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) is the advocacy body for traditional heritage crafts.Working in partnership with Government and key agencies, it provides a focus for craftspeople, groups, societies and guilds, as well as individuals who care about the loss of traditional crafts skills, and works towards a healthy and sustainable framework for the future. Their aim is to support and promote heritage crafts as a fundamental part of our living heritage. As part of our partnership, the HCA will help promote the Churchill Fellowships to the Craft sector and provide a platform from which Fellows' findings can be disseminated.

The Worshipful Company of Carpenters

Carpeneters logoThe Carpenters' Company is one of the livery companies of the City of London. Dating back to the thirteenth century, the Company was established as a medieval trade guild to look after the welfare and interests of carpenters living and working in London. The Company today continues its centuries' long tradition of charitable and educational activities and maintains close links with the carpentry and woodworking professions. The Worshipful Company of Carpenters and WCMT jointly fund two Fellowships awarded to carpenters and joiners.

The British Council

The British Council's Architecture, Design, Fashion (ADF) department creates links between designers and cultural institutions around the world, through a diverse range of projects across the three disciplines. ADF is part of the British Council Arts Group, which works across 109 countries to build trust and opportunity for the UK through the exchange of knowledge, experience and ideas worldwide. The Design Fellowships are run in partnership with the British Council, and successful applicants are able to apply to ADF for a follow up grant to help with events, exhibitions and further international collaboration to further the outcomes of their Churchill Fellowship.


The Rank Foundation

Rank FoundationWe are working with The Rank Foundation to focus on developing stronger and more effective communities. Between 2012 & 2014 we jointly funded 20 overseas Fellowships for people working or volunteering in community development, such as youth workers, social workers, carers and police officers. This is an area in which The Rank Foundation has a long term focus, which this partnership reinforces. The final Fellows travelled throughout 2014 and findings will be drawn together and published in 2015. In the meantime, Fellows' reports can be read here by selecting Citizen & Society under Category, and choosing one of the three years covered by this partnership.

The Baring Foundation

Baring FoundationThe Baring Foundation has an established Arts Programme which is currently focussed on supporting arts groups and care homes to enable older people in the UK to take part in high quality arts practice. Between 2010 & 2014 we awarded 40 Churchill Fellowships in Creative Ageing to complement their programme. The Fellows sought examples of best practice globally and returned with ideas to improve the quality of life of older people, which can be reproduced, replicated or adapted to life in the UK. The best of these will be the focus of a national conference to take place in 2015. Baroness Joan Bakewell, the former Older Peoples' Tsar, was our Ambassador for this joint project.

Early Years Prevention & Intervention

Dulverton Trust logoThe Dulverton Trust

The Dulverton Trust, who fund charities, are keen to support work in this field. As well as joint funding two Fellowships they may support follow-up implementation by Fellows working for charities of the lessons learned, thereby helping to make the UK's early years intervention efforts more effective. 

Wave Trust logoWave Trust

Wave Trust aims to make the world safer by breaking damaging, inter-generational family cycles. They are focussed on finding solutions to the root causes of damage, before it happens - ‘primary’ prevention. By bringing together the best of international scientific understanding of both root causes and solutions they are able to create practical, effective action plans to break the cycles of childhood abuse and neglect. Wave Trust is supporting our Early Years Prevention & Intervention programme of Fellowships with advice and they will also assist with the dissemination of the lessons learnt to policy makers and other relevant groups and individuals.  


The Mercers' Company

Between 2013 and 2015 we jointly funded, with The Mercer's Company, 10 Fellowships a year to develop linked projects to improve the educational achievement of young people aged 5-19, with particular emphasis on English, Maths, Science and Technology. The findings of these Fellowships are currently being drawn together and will be published and disseminated in 2016. From 2016 the focus of our partnership will shift to Education Futures aimed at those involved in teaching and related policy and research with projects that contribute, within the UK, to an educational agenda that ensures young people are prepared for a successful future. The Mercers' Company is closely involved with the running of 17 schools across the country and makes a number of grants to improve the availability and quality of education for children and young adults, focused on young people aged between 5 and 25.

The Farmington Trust

Farmington TrustThis education initiative is also supported by a partnership with The Farmington Trust. Four Fellowships are jointly funded by us and The Farmington Trust, offering educational opportunities to aspiring head teachers to undertake research on educational values and standards, to familiarise themselves with educational developments, and to improve their leadership skills. Fellows who are awarded in this category also become Farmington Fellows and the Farmington Trust contributes to the costs of a replacement teacher, should you need to travel during term time.

The Finzi Trust

We have a partnership with the Finzi Trust for two jointly funded Fellowships, to offer educational opportunities to musicians (trained or amateur), to create new initiatives and greater diversity of those involved in music. The Finzi Trust seeks to further the music, ideals and work of the English composer Gerald Finzi (1901-1956), and awards Finzi Scholarships to those wishing to broaden their horizons or take a new path: their focus is arts-based in the widest sense, but must have a musical foundation.


The Frank Jackson Foundation

Frank Jackson FoundationThe Frank Jackson Foundation jointly funds two Fellowships to promote Environmental education and public awareness of Environmental issues.

The Royal Horticultural Society

The Royal Horticultural Society jointly funds two Fellowships to assist horticulturists and garden designers to discover new perspectives and generate innovative solutions to inform and further the UK’s reputation as a global centre of horticultural knowledge and

Medicine & Health

Burdett Trust for Nursing

Burdett TrustOur partnership with the Burdett Trust for Nursing jointly funds 10 Fellowships. The aim of the partnership is to improve the health and well-being of patients, a key element of our Medicine, Health & Patient Care category. The Burdett Trust makes grants in support of nurse-led projects, using its funds to empower nurses and make significant improvements to the patient care environment.

FoNS Centre for Nursing Innovation

FONSFoNS Centre for Nursing Innovation has an excellent reputation at the forefront of nursing and operates UK wide and across all healthcare settings. FoNS is dedicated to working with nurses and healthcare teams to develop and share innovative ways of improving practice. The goal is to provide care that is high quality, evidence-based and meets the needs of patients. Our partnership with FoNS will help ensure Fellows' findings are disseminated and implemented appropriately.

Royal College of Nursing

Royal College of NursingThe RCN represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies. Through our partnership, the RCN will help us disseminate best nursing practice and lessons learnt from Fellowships in our Medicine, Health & Patient Care category.

Royal College of Physicians EdinburghRoyal College of Physicians logo

The RCPE 's aim is to meet doctors' educational and professional needs, represent doctors and promote public health. They jointly fund one Fellowship for a doctor as part of our Medicine, Health & Patient Care programme of Fellowships. Whilst the RCPE is based in Edinburgh, they have a strong UK and international presence, as evidenced by their membership of over 10,000 Fellows and members in 91 countries and covering 56 medical specialities. They provide a range of educational material and information services, many of which are available online and can be accessed by doctors globally.

Mental Health

The Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation wants better mental health for all. They develop and run research and delivery programmes across the UK that have, for more than six decades, provided the evidence and expertise to know what works and how to intervene earlier. Their work is centred on prevention because the best way to deal with a crisis is to prevent it from happening. MHF know that with the right support and guidance millions of people can avoid developing mental health problems - with enormous benefits to them, their families, friends, communities and the nation as a whole. The Mental Health Foundation is supporting our Mental Health programme of Fellowships with advice. They will also assist with the dissemination of the lessons learnt to policy makers and other relevant groups and individuals.  

New Approaches to Housing

The National Housing Federation

The National Housing Federation is the trade body for housing associations in England. It believes that everyone should have the home they need at a price they can afford. It represents the work of housing associations and campaigns for better housing. Its members provide two and a half million homes for more than five million people and each year they invest in a diverse range of neighbourhood projects that help create strong, vibrant communities. They will assist our Fellows with the dissemination of the lessons learnt to policy makers and other relevant groups and individuals.  

Prison Reform

The Prison Reform Trust

Prison Reform TrustThe WCMT has had a long-standing interest in the Prison Reform area and funded 10 Fellowships a year from 2013-2015, working in conjunction with the Prison Reform Trust. PRT works to create a just, humane and effective penal system by inquiring into the workings of the system; informing prisoners, staff and the wider public; and by influencing Parliament, government and officials towards reform. PRT are helping us to ensure the lessons learnt from the Prison and Penal Reform Fellowships are properly coordinated and disseminated throughout the criminal justice system.

The International Centre for Prison Studies

ICPSThe ICPS assists governments and other relevant agencies to develop appropriate policies on prisons and the use of imprisonment, and has an academic link to the University of Essex. The Centre makes the results of its academic research and projects widely available to groups and individuals, both nationally and internationally. The ICPS provides advice to the WCMT and our Fellows in the Prison and Penal Reform category as to where best and interesting international best practice may be located, and is helping to disseminate the findings of the Fellowships.

Young People

NCVYSNational Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS)

The National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS) supports our Fellows aged 18-25 years. NCVYS provides mentoring and workshops for new Fellows to help them gain the most from their Fellowships. Via Youth Report, NCVYS also gives a platform to the reports and findings of any Fellows looking at youth work and youth support.

with The Mercers' Company, 10 Fellowships