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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?

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 Churchill fellowship has been a life-changing experience, giving me purpose and a much greater understanding of social justice and human rights. Making a difference on a national scale is challenging - but the Fellowship enabled me to do that, and I hope I am leaving a legacy that will continue to change the lives of others in a positive way." - Lindsay Graham (2014 Fellow researching school holiday meals for children)

We are pausing applications for 2021 Fellowships. Find out more here.

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This award category

This category is for projects that meet our eligibility criteria but are not covered by the other, more specific categories.

Projects based on geographical exploration are accepted in this category, but only from expedition leaders. Projects from individual kayakers are also accepted.

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.

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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.

Read more Fellows' stories and work