News: Applications now open for 2019 Fellowships – three new award categories available

Published: 27 Apr 2018

News: Applications now open for 2019 Fellowships – three new award categories available

We are now open for Churchill Fellowship applications for travel in 2019, with three new award categories among 12 under which you can apply. The deadline for applications is 18 September 2018.

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The three new categories are:

Emergency services: crisis prevention, response and recovery

These awards have been launched in response to the recent spate of emergency incidents, whether terrorist events, natural disasters or mass casualty events such as the Grenfell fire.

We are seeking applications that encourage new thinking at operational, tactical or strategic levels. We welcome applicants from the emergency services and the organisations that work alongside them.

“Incidents like the Grenfell fire and the Manchester Arena bombing have put our emergency services under increasing pressure, both professionally and personally. We’re looking for people at all levels of the emergency services who are inspired to seek new ideas” - Julia Weston, WCMT Chief Executive

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Rural living: strengthening countryside communities

These awards have been launched in response to the growing pressures on rural communities, in a period of change that includes the challenges brought by Brexit.

We are seeking applications that explore multidisciplinary approaches in rural communities, for example to invigorate transport networks, reimagine housing, employment and enterprise, or improve access to education, culture and healthcare.

“In March the House of Lords select committee on rural communities reported that some of the worst spots for deprivation and intergenerational poverty are in the countryside. We’re looking for new ideas that can help to tackle that” - Julia Weston, WCMT Chief Executive

This category is in partnership with The Prince's Countryside Fund.

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Suicide: prevention, intervention and postvention

These awards have been launched in response to the high numbers of people affected by suicide – around 6,000 people die by suicide each year in the UK and around 800,000 people are affected.

We are seeking applications for projects dedicated to preventing suicide and self-harm, or supporting people bereaved by suicide.

“Suicide is the biggest killer of young people aged 20-34 and men under 50. Behind each suicide is a human tragedy, with those bereaved by suicide more at risk of dying by suicide themselves. These Churchill Fellowships will help people to find new solutions to prevent suicide” – Julia Weston, WCMT Chief Executive

This category is in partnership with the Samaritans.

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See the full list of award categories

Churchill Fellowships are a life-changing opportunity for UK citizens to research innovations worldwide and make change happen when they return.

Churchill Fellows are fully funded to research new ideas and best practice overseas for 4-8 weeks, in topics and countries of their own choice. Everyone can apply, regardless of age, background or qualifications, so long as they are a UK citizen aged 18 or over.

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