Physical activity: making moves for healthy lives

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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.

“My Fellowship not only enabled me to push the boundaries of how children interpret their movement, but it also built my confidence. It empowered me to think outside the box and challenge the way ‘researchers’ would usually approach physical activity promotion in children.” - Kelly Mackintosh (2015 Fellow researching ways of measuring children’s physical activity levels)

What we offer

Meet the 2020 Fellows in this category

This award category

We are seeking applications that encourage everyone to take up and enjoy physical activity in order to benefit their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

We particularly welcome applications that explore using sport, exercise or physical activity as a vehicle to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities, whether in community-led programmes, for children and young people, for workplace wellbeing or for active aging.    

This category is in partnership with ukactive


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

Kelly MackintoshKelly Mackintosh travelled to Australia to research effective ways of measuring and visualising children’s physical activity levels. She has since developed a initiative in South Wales providing children with 3D models of their physical activity levels, helping them to understand the importance of physical activity for staying healthy.

Courtney KippsSports injury physician Dr Courtney Kipps visited Australia and the USA to observe exercise medicine programmes for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. He has since work with the UK Task Force for Exercise Is Medicine to increase awareness of the health benefits of physical activity amongst healthcare providers.