Funded Travelling Fellowships in Science, Technology and Innovation

Published: 11 Jun 2015

Funded Travelling Fellowships in Science, Technology and Innovation

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.

One of the categories is Science, Technology and Innovation, and the application process is now open. 

We would be particularly interested in applications from people who work in the communication of science and technology, and anyone interested in new ways to encourage interest and participation in science by the public, including via internet dialogues. People also looking at the fusion of arts and science; and also projects that investigate the use of gene mapping for medical purposes are encouraged to apply.

Dr Becki Lawson, a Wildlife Veterinarian, travelled to the USA in 2012 to visit centres of excellence for wildlife disease investigationand epidemiological research. Becki continues to use the skills and experience gained through her Fellowship during her Research work, investigating the health of British garden wildlife species. She is currently working with a team of scientists at the Institute of Zoology, and with partners at the British Trust for Ornithology, Froglife and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, to co-ordinate the Garden Wildlife Health project. This is a citizen science project to investigate the health of garden wildlife species across Great Britain, which launched in 2014.

Amongst those travelling this year is Heather Doran, a project officer from Aberdeen, will be travelling to China, Japan and the USA to investigate best practice in connecting scientists and the public in online dialogues about science.

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 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.