News: 11 Scots win Churchill Fellowships this year

Published: 28 Mar 2018

News: 11 Scots win Churchill Fellowships this year

11 Scottish residents have been awarded prestigious Churchill Fellowships offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel the world and research cutting-edge solutions to important topical issues.

The 11 Scottish winners include a nurse, an architect and a police sergeant, and their issues range from youth action on climate change to early years intervention, low-energy homes to young people in care.

Together they will receive grants totalling almost £75,000 and travel across four continents. They are among 150 people from all regions of the UK who were selected this year from over 1,000 applicants to win a Churchill Fellowship. The average length of a Fellowship is six weeks.

“Churchill Fellows search the world for ways to improve their communities and professions,” said Julia Weston, Chief Executive of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT). “This life-changing opportunity is open to everyone, with our next round of grants opening on 27 April.”

The 11 award winners are:

  • Sophie Eastwood, a charity worker from Edinburgh, who will be travelling to Australia to explore approaches to engaging young people to take action on climate change.
  • Cheryl-lee Brown, from Livingston, and Chief Executive at Midlothian Sure Start, who will be travelling to Australia and the USA to investigate trauma-informed early years intervention. Cheryl-lee’s Fellowship is supported by the Mental Health Foundation and the Band Trust.
  • Catriona Kinghorn, an architect from Inverness, who will be travelling to Japan and the USA to explore the use of timber in producing low-energy homes. Catriona’s Fellowship is supported by the National Housing Federation.
  • Callum Lynch (pictured above), a public affairs worker from Glasgow, who will be travelling to Sweden and the USA to explore approaches to enabling young people in care to have their voice heard.
  • Isabell MacInnes, a nurse from the Isle of South Uist, who will be travelling to Canada, France and the USA to investigate strategies for tackling lyme disease. Isabelle’s Fellowship is supported by the Burdett Trust for Nursing.
  • Claire Masterton, a police officer from Midlothian, who will be travelling to Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands and the USA to research training for police to improve understanding of autism.
  • Heidi Gardner, a PhD researcher from Aberdeen, who will be travelling to Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and the USA to explore how scientists can communicate with the public through blogging.
  • Jim McCormick, a policy worker from Glasgow, who will be travelling to Canada, New Zealand and the USA to study mentoring programmes for disadvantaged school children.
  • Margaret Rose Cunningham, a research fellow from Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, who will be travelling to Australia and Japan to explore approaches to improving attainment in STEM education through interschool collaborative learning across continents.
  • Caroline Malcolm, a social entrepreneur from Edinburgh, who will be travelling to India and the USA to research upcycling as a mechanism for sustainable living. Caroline’s Fellowship is supported by the Rank Foundation.
  • Sarah Brown, a marine planning manager from Appin, who will be travelling to the USA to investigate public and stakeholder engagement in marine spatial planning.

The next chance to apply for a Churchill Fellowship opens on 27 April 2018 and includes new categories on ‘Rural living: strengthening countryside communities’, ‘Suicide: prevention, intervention and postvention’ and ‘Emergency services: crisis prevention, response and recovery’.