Funded Travelling Fellowships for Talented Young People (aged 18-25)

Published: 11 Jun 2015

Funded Travelling Fellowships for Talented Young People (aged 18-25)

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.

As part of our partnership with The National Council for Voluntary Youth Services we will be awarding Travelling Fellowships in the Young People category. The application process is now open.

We are looking for talented young people aged 18-25 who have a passion for enterprise, leadership or community action. Anyone with a bright idea, who could turn their overseas findings into social action, or who could make a constructive impact on an issue that affects their local area or their organisation, is encouraged to apply.

 Deepesh Patel was 18 when he applied for a Travelling Fellowship. His project took him to the heart of the Amazon to research medicinal plants. The social enterprise, Canopy to Cures, was initiated through the Fellowship, promoting science in schools and at UK science festivals.

Voluntary sector manger Angus Mulready-Jones, aged 25, travelled to Sweden and the USA to develop the expertise needed to develop services for prisoners and their children in the UK. He visited prison establishments and met policy makers. The most important part of Angus’ visit was meeting with the many children affected by imprisonment who were receiving services from voluntary agencies. Since Angus returned from his Fellowship to his role with the Prison Advice and Care Trust (PACT) he has worked with The Ministry of Justice and The Department of Education to develop a new model of support within prisons in England and Wales. The Integrated Family Support Programme was established in 11 prisons in 2011 and it has since evolved into the Family Engagement Worker Programme, commissioned by the Ministry of Justice. Angus has now joined the Inspectorate of Prisons, where he has responsibility for the inspection of young offenders' institutes, adult prisons, immigration removal centres and police custody.

Amongst those travelling this year is Theodore Vass, who works for Citybike in Liverpool. He will be travelling to Denmark and the USA to investigate cycling as a tool for social change and sustainable travel.

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 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.

The National Council for Voluntary Youth Services supports our Fellows aged 18-25 years. NCVYS provides mentoring and workshops for new Fellows to help them gain the most from their Fellowship. Through the Youth Report project NCVYS will also give a platform to the reports and findings of any Fellows looking at young people and youth services.