News: Launch of new Fellowship areas
Published: 17 May 2019
This year we are launching three new award categories addressing topical issues in UK society.
On 16 May we opened this year's round of applications for the life-changing Churchill Fellowships, including three new subjects for research:
- Palliative and end of life care
- Physical activity: making moves for healthy lives
- Arts for the built environment
The UK’s ageing population has resulted in an increased number of people living with long-term health conditions. These people are more likely to require complex care for an extended period of time.
We are seeking applications that explore new thinking in this field, particularly for less common life-threatening conditions. Applications are encouraged that relate to the work of health professionals and related sectors such as nurses, social workers, counsellors, community carers and volunteers, as well as communities.
“Advances in medical treatments and in life expectancy mean that today more people are living for longer, and with more long-term medical conditions, than ever before. We are funding Churchill Fellowships to find inspiration from the world’s best projects and practice for this growing area of need" - Julia Weston, WCMT Chief Executive
Physical inactivity is prevalent across many generations of people in the UK. With physical inactivity a contributing factor to long term health conditions, this issue is significantly impacting on demands on our health services, as well as on the lives of individuals.
We are seeking applications that encourage everyone to take up and enjoy physical activity in order to benefit their physical and mental health and wellbeing.
"Whoever you are and whatever your age, physical activity offers tremendous benefits for your physical and mental wellbeing. With many people leading increasingly sedentary lifestyles, we're seeking ideas that harness the power of physical activity to encourage healthier living" - Julia Weston, WCMT Chief Executive
We are seeking applications that explore the innovative use of any of the arts for the built environment.
This includes contemporary and heritage arts, crafts and design in any genre, and applies to public or private space.
“The arts have the capacity to transform our surroundings. A creative approach to the built environment can bring many benefits, such as improving people’s mental wellbeing and increasing their sense of connection to their community" - Julia Weston, WCMT Chief Executive