Who can apply

Everyone can apply for a Churchill Fellowship. It is open to all UK resident citizens aged over 18, regardless of experience, background or qualifications. You do not need to be a field leader in your area of interest, but you do need to have a passion for your topic and for making change happen.

"The most benevolent, interested funding organisation I have ever come across." - Pam Schweitzer, community arts worker, 2017 Fellow



You must be:

  • A UK Citizen and have a British passport when you apply.
  • Resident in the UK.
  • Aged 18 or over when you submit your application form (or turn 18 by the end of that year).

We only accept one application per individual each year. If your application is unsuccessful, you can apply again. Churchill Fellows cannot reapply.

Other circumstances

  • If you were born in Northern Ireland, hold an Irish passport and are resident in the UK, you can apply.
  • If you are resident in the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man you can apply.
  • If you reside in British Overseas Territories or serve abroad in the Armed Forces or as a diplomat you can also apply.
  • If you are an Australian or a New Zealander, you might be able to apply to the Australian Trust or the New Zealand Trust.

Projects not considered

We will not consider the following applications:

  • Those which only benefit the individual and show no potential for wider benefit.
  • Those from more than one person: we will only fund one individual.
  • Teams or team members (but expedition leaders can apply in the Open category).
  • Those which already have, or hope to have, a large number of sponsors.

We also do not fund:

  • ‘Gap year' activities.
  • Courses.
  • Volunteering.
  • Academic studies.
  • Degree placements.
  • Student grants.
  • Internships.
  • Medical electives.
  • Post-graduate studies – unless real and wider benefit to others in the UK can be clearly demonstrated.
  • Art projects that will result in only an exhibition, and have no benefits beyond raising the profile and expertise of the individual.