Rural living: strengthening countryside communities

Andy Beanland

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We are seeking applications that explore multidisciplinary approaches for strengthening rural communities, for example to invigorate transport networks, reimagine housing, employment and enterprise, or improve access to education, culture and healthcare.

This category is in partnership with The Prince's Countryside Fund.

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Applications for 2021 Churchill Fellowships will open on 30 April 2020.

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 aged 18 or over. We particularly welcome applicants who would not find funding elsewhere. Additional funding for interpreters is available.

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Fellows' impact in this field

Ann PascoeIn 2012 Ann Pascoe travelled to India to learn from initiatives enabling lay people to detect early symptoms of dementia and carer stress. On her return to the UK, Ann established a social enterprise to raise the profile of dementia in rural communities. She was also invited to join the Prime Minister's rural dementia communities task group.

Rachel RemnantNature conservation worker Rachel Remnant travelled to Romania in 2016 to investigate traditional meadow conservation skills. Since returning to the UK, she has shared the skills she has learnt with fellow farmers and land managers, and has organised hands-on events for people in her local community, such as wildflower hunts and hay gathering.