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A life-changing opportunity

Have you ever wanted to explore new ideas in a subject close to your heart? Discover how things are done in other countries and bring that knowledge back home?

A Churchill Fellowship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand your horizons and make a difference. It offers a grant for you to spend up to two months overseas, researching a topic of your choice – and then a lifetime relationship with us to help you spread the global insights that you bring back.

"The benefits of a Fellowship are both many and varied and will continue to build long after your travels end. Personal and professional confidence and growth comes not just from the incredible experience of travel, but also from sharing what you have learned" - Andy Reynolds (2013 Fellow investigating flood and swiftwater rescue programmes)

What we offer

Meet the 2020 Fellows in this category

This award category

We are seeking applications that encourage innovation in the management of public emergencies of all kinds, from prevention to response to post-crisis recovery.

Projects may relate to frontline and rescue services or to the agencies and charities that work on crisis management in the widest sense, including infrastructure, early warning, survivor support, rehabilitation, reconstruction and policy. Proposals may be intended for operational, tactical or strategic implementation, and applicants are welcomed from all levels of seniority.

Who can apply?

Everyone can apply for a Churchill Fellowship, regardless of age, background or qualifications, so long as they are a UK resident citizen aged 18 or over. Fellows come from all parts of society, all age groups and all professional fields. We particularly welcome applicants who would not find funding elsewhere. Additional funding for interpreters is available.

How to apply

Fellows' impact in this field

Mark BoltPolice Officer Mark Bolt travelled to the USA in 2013 to explore how police forces work with suspects with mental ill health. Since returning to the UK Mark has developed a mental health training package, which has been delivered to frontline officers in Devon and Cornwall. Mark is also involved in integrating mental health clinicians into police work.

Andy ReynoldsFirefighter Andy Reynolds travelled to the USA and Canada in 2013 to investigate flood and swiftwater rescue programmes. Shortly after Andy’s travels, the UK experienced unprecedented flooding. Crews all over the country used knowledge and experience gleaned from Andy’s Fellowship to assess incidents and perform rescues.