Funded Travelling Fellowships for Talented Young People (aged 18-25)

Published: 13 May 2016

Funded Travelling Fellowships for Talented Young People (aged 18-25)

In 2017, The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) will be investing around £1.3 million in British citizens, by awarding up to 150 Travelling Fellowships.

This will directly support British citizens who want to travel overseas to gain knowledge, experience and best practice to benefit others in their UK professions and communities, and society as a whole.

Travelling Fellowships will be awarded to Young People aged between 18 and 25, and the application process is now open.

WCMT are looking for talented young people with a passion for leadership and youth social action. Anyone with a bright idea, who could turn their overseas findings into social action, or who could make a constructive impact on an issue that affects their local area or their organisation, is encouraged to apply.

Jodie Lees spent seven weeks travelling across New Zealand, meeting over 50 people to discuss how young people can be supported to become creative leaders. She gathered case studies from a variety of settings, including youth organisations, colleges, cultural organisations and local authorities. Jodie’s findings have fed directly into three programmes developed with the East Midlands young people's development agency she works for, The Mighty Creatives. Their leadership training package enables young people to develop their skills in teamwork, decision-making, planning and evaluation, and supports them to reflect on themselves as leaders. A Leadership Academy is also planned, with the aim of providing a clear, joined-up leadership programme which includes opportunities to connect with other young leaders across the East Midlands. Jodie has also been involved in the creation of the first Mighty Creatives Youth Council. This is being piloted with six young people from Leicester who are helping to create a map of the city which is truly representative of the young people that live there, replicating a project which Jodie saw first-hand in New Zealand.

Young people travelling this year include:

  • Joseph O'Connell, from Cambridge, who is Director of Expansion for Global Brigades UK. He will be going to Argentina and Brazil to explore coordinated LGBT advocacy.
  • Hannah Tookey, a producer from Esher, who will be travelling to India and the USA to investigate how to effectively combat and raise awareness about social injustice through art.

Successful applicants must demonstrate the commitment, the character and the tenacity to travel globally in pursuit of new and better ways of tackling a wide range of current challenges facing the UK, and upon their return work to transform and improve aspects of today’s society.

A travelling sabbatical for people with the drive, determination and desire to help others, can further their leadership and role model abilities.

Employees who are awarded Fellowships bring great benefits to their employers, not only in terms of the positive impact on their personal development, but also with the advantage of their enhanced knowledge, new ideas and examples of best practice that they bring back to the organisation.

Applications are judged purely on project merit, and these opportunities are available to all UK residents over the age of 18, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

Successful applicants will receive an average Fellowship grant of over £6,000, covering return airfare, daily living costs, insurance and travel within the countries being visited, for approximately six weeks overseas.

Notes to Editors

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established shortly after Sir Winston’s death in 1965, as his national memorial and living legacy. Since then it has awarded over 5,250 Travelling Fellowships.

The application process for travel in 2017 is now open, and there are 14 varied categories in which people can apply.

Churchill’s beliefs and passions are still living on through the Fellows – who are remarkable individuals, representing a wide range of backgrounds, qualifications, interests and professions, but sharing the desire to do something for the improvement of individuals and communities in the UK.

The deadline for the 2017 applications is 5pm on Tuesday 20th September 2016.

In total 150 Fellowships were awarded in the UK in 2016, an investment of over £1.4 million. The Fellows are currently travelling to 52 countries between them, across 6 continents, carrying out a wide range of projects.

To maximise the impact of the Fellowships partnerships have been developed with other organisations, focused on specific areas of concern and relevance for the UK today. Lessons learnt from overseas travel are effectively coordinated and disseminated, and incorporated into best practice in the UK for the benefit of others in similar communities and professions.