Open category

(clockwise from top left) George Parfitt, Misba Khan, Joseph O'Connell, Beth RipperThis award category

The Open category is for projects beyond our current range. 

Every year we award Fellowships in this Open category for a wide range of topics that our other categories do not cover. So if you have a topic you're keen to pursue - that does not fit with our other categories but does meet our general criteria - then this is the option for you.

(NB: projects based on geographical exploration are accepted in this category, but only from expedition leaders. Within the exploration field, we are particularly interested in canoeists or kayakers planning to lead adventurous expeditions.)

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You can register here for email alerts about the next application round, which will run from 16 May to 17 September 2019. 


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 up to two months overseas, researching a topic of your choice – and then a lifetime relationship to help you spread the global insights that you bring back.

Everyone can apply, regardless of age, background or qualifications, so long as they are a UK citizen over 18. We particularly welcome applicants who would not find funding elsewhere. Additional funding for interpreters is available.

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Fellows' impact

Lindsay GrahamHealth promotion specialist Lindsay Graham travelled to the USA in 2014 to research summer meals programmes for children. She has since campaigned to ensure children eligible for free school meals do not go without nutritious meals during school holidays, resulting in the government committing funding for pilot programmes across the country.

Neil JamesonCommunity organiser Neil Jameson travelled to the USA in 1977 to investigate community activism. He would later go on to found Citizens UK, which now operates across 10 regions in the UK and employ 55 Community Organisers. Citizens UK were also behind the highly successful Living Wage campaign, which they started in 2001.

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