Rural living: strengthening countryside communities
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 Churchill Fellowship completely changed my life. The Circle of Support project became the foundation for change across the Highlands and was also the framework for publications from the 2018 Prime Minister's Rural Dementia Communities Group." - Ann Pascoe (2012 Fellow exploring rural dementia support)
We are pausing applications for 2021 Fellowships. Find out more here.
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.
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.
In 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.
Nature 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.