Travelling Fellowships - Applications now open

Published: 4 May 2016

Travelling Fellowships - Applications now open

In 2017, The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust will be investing around £1.3 million in British citizens by awarding 150 Travelling Fellowships.

This will directly support British citizens who want to travel overseas to gain knowledge, experience and best practice to benefit others in their UK professions and communities, and society as a whole.

The application process for travel in 2017 is now open, and there are 14 varied categories – including two new ones - in which people can apply.

  • Crafts and Makers
  • Designers
  • Early Years Prevention and Intervention
  • Enterprise*
  • Environment, Nature and Sustainable Living
  • Horticulture
  • Medical Practice and Education
  • Mental Health –Community Based Approaches
  • Migration –Living Well Together*
  • New Approaches to Social and Affordable Housing
  • Nursing and Allied Health Professions
  • Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Young People (for applicants aged 18-25)
  • Open

(*new categories for 2017)

Successful applicants must demonstrate the commitment, the character and the tenacity to travel globally in pursuit of new and better ways of tackling a wide range of challenges facing us today, and upon their return work to transform and improve aspects of today’s society for the benefit of others in the UK.

A travelling sabbatical for people with the drive, determination and desire to help others, can further their leadership and role model abilities, and enhance their personal development.

As Churchill himself said, in 1908,

"What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?”

Employees who are awarded Fellowships bring great benefits to their employers, not only in terms of the positive impact on their personal development, but also with the advantage of their enhanced knowledge, new ideas and examples of best practise that they bring back to the organisation.

Applications are judged purely on project merit, and these opportunities are available to all UK residents over the age of 18, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

Successful applicants will receive an average Fellowship grant of over £6000, covering return airfare, daily living costs, insurance and travel within the countries being visited, for approximately 6 weeks overseas.

Notes to Editors:

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established shortly after Sir Winston’s death in 1965, as his national memorial and living legacy. Since then it has awarded over 5,250 Travelling Fellowships, with Fellows making outstanding contributions in areas as diverse as dementia support, mental health, the crafts, conservation, housing, and education.

Churchill’s beliefs and passions are still living on through our Fellows – who are remarkable individuals, representing a wide range of backgrounds, qualifications, interests and professions, but sharing the desire to do something for the improvement of individuals and communities in the UK.

The deadline for the 2017 applications is 5pm on Tuesday 20th September 2016.

In total 150 Fellowships were awarded in the UK in 2016, an investment of over £1.4 million. The Fellows are currently travelling to 52 countries between them, across 6 continents, carrying out a wide range of projects.

To maximise the impact of our Fellowships we have developed partnerships with other organisations, focused on specific areas of concern and relevance for the UK today. Lessons learnt from overseas travel are effectively co-ordinated and disseminated, and incorporated into best practice in the UK for the benefit of others in similar communities and professions.

Our current partners are:

The Heritage Crafts Association

The Worshipful Company of Carpenters

The British Council

Wave Trust

Dulverton Trust

The Rank Foundation

The Frank Jackson Foundation

The Royal Horticultural Society

The Burdett Trust for Nursing

The Royal College of Nursing

FoNS – Centre for Nursing Innovation

The Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh

Linbury Trust

The Mental Health Foundation

The National Housing Federation