Funded Travelling Fellowships seek Canoers and Kayakers

Published: 11 Jun 2015

Funded Travelling Fellowships seek Canoers and Kayakers

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. The application process is now open for people to apply.

As part of the Exploration section of our Open Category, we are particularly interested in applications from canoeists and kayakers who are planning to lead adventurous expeditions.

In 2015, we funded Tom McLay, a student paramedic from Llanrwst, to canoe the length of the Salween river from its source in China to its end in Burma.

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 Trustwas established shortly after Sir Winston’s death in 1965, as his national memorial and living legacy. Since then it has awarded over 5,100 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 22ndSeptember 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.