Who we are
"Every year we watch with pride and excitement as the latest generation of Churchill Fellows set off on their journeys around the world, in search of new ideas on today’s key issues. For many these journeys will end in bold achievements for their communities and professions, and fresh directions for themselves. We salute their success." - Jeremy Soames, Chairman, WCMT
Churchill Fellowships are managed by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, a UK charity whose purpose is to provide educational opportunities overseas for UK citizens from all walks of life, that will benefit themselves and also their communities, professions and the nation as a whole. Since 1965 we have awarded over 5,500 Fellowships.
The governing body of the charity is our Board of Trustees. (View Annual Report.)
Selection of Fellows is led by members of our Advisory Council, who chair the selection panels in each award category. Council members are leaders in their fields, and this ensures that decisions across a myriad of subject areas are made by interviewers with real knowledge of their field and its needs.
Council also advise us on the development of new award categories, reflecting new developments and issues as they arise, and they help us to identify relevant partner organisations for each category.
The office staff is small, currently 11 people, allowing us to provide a much-appreciated level of hands-on support to every single Fellow as they embark on their life-changing journey.
Sir Winston's living legacy
We were established in 1965, on the death of Sir Winston Churchill, as a national memorial to his achievements as a national leader. Plans for this had been developed over many years before his death and with the approval of himself and his family. To this day, close family members remain involved, and our present Chairman is Sir Winston’s grandson, Jeremy Soames. Our office suite in Church House, Westminster, was actually Sir Winston’s temporary office during the wartime Blitz in 1940.
Funding for our organisation was gathered by public subscription from across the country in 1965, with donations large and small being offered at banks, post offices and in the post. The resulting endowment represented a national tribute to a great leader. It has allowed us to provide 100 Fellowships a year ever since - which in recent years we have expanded through partnership funding.