Funded Travelling Fellowships for Designers

Published: 11 Jun 2015

Funded Travelling Fellowships for Designers

In 2016, The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust will be investing over £1.34 million in British citizens, by awarding up to 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.         

Travelling Fellowships will be awarded in the Designers category, and the application process is now open.

Designers working in the applied arts in architecture, interiors, product and graphic design, are all encouraged to apply. The Design Fellowships will run, for the second year, in this prestigious partnership with the British Council’s Architecture, Design and Fashion (ADF) Department. Successful applicants will then be able to apply to ADF for a follow up grant to help with events, exhibitions, and further international collaboration to further their Churchill Fellowship.

Architect Miriam Kelly’s Fellowship took her on a tour of the rust belts of America and Germany, with the aim of bringing back inspiration for the creative reuse of redundant industrial sites in the UK, particularly in ways which contribute positively to local communities. In Germany, she saw how the Zollverein Industrial Complex (a disused coal mine and coking plant) has been redeveloped as a cultural and tourism centre, and is now a recognised UNESCO World Heritage site.

As a conservation specialist, Miriam is particularly interested in the way the regeneration of redundant industrial sites can revitalise local communities. She hopes her experience will provide valuable new perspectives on the challenge of regeneration for redundant industrial sites and directly benefit a number of on-going projects. She also hopes to help broaden the debate on the cultural significance of industrial heritage and its value in today’s post-industrial society.  

Amongst those travelling this year, in this category, is Clare Hughes, an architect from Bath. She will be travelling to North America, Italy and Germany to investigate museum design and how it can be harnessed to appeal to wider audiences.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 current challenges facing the UK, and upon their return work to transform and improve aspects of today’s society.

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

Employees who are awarded Fellowships bring great benefits to their employers, not only in terms of the beneficial impact of 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 UK residents over the age of 18, of any ethnicity, religion, or gender.

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 5100 Travelling Fellowships.

The application process for travel in 2016 is now open, and there are 11 varied categories in which people can apply.

Churchill’s beliefs and passions are still living on through our Fellows – who are remarkable yet ordinary individuals, representing a wide range of backgrounds, qualifications, interests and professions, but sharing the desire to do something for the improvement of British life and their fellow man.

The deadline for the 2016 applications is 5pm on 22nd September 2015.

In total 150 Fellowships were awarded in the UK in 2015, an investment of over £1.34 million. The Fellows are currently travelling to 58 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 coordinated and disseminated, and incorporated into best practice in the UK for the benefit of others in similar communities and professions.

The British Council’s Architecture, Design and Fashion (ADF) department creates links between designers and cultural institutions around the world, through a diverse range of projects across the three disciplines. They form part of the British Council’s Arts Group, which works across 109 countries to build trust and opportunities for the UK through the exchange of knowledge, experience and ideas worldwide. For further information about the British Council, please visit Design at British Council.