The interviews

"One of the most enjoyable interview experiences I have ever had. I left feeling positively motivated and challenged by the rigour and range of the panel’s questions." - First aid trainer Laura Beswick, Fellow

A candidate for a Churchill Fellowship is interview by our panel and WCMT Chief Executive Julia Weston (far right)If your application is shortlisted, you will be contacted in November and asked to complete our detailed Shortlist Form. You will also be invited to attend an interview at our London office in January.

Interview dates

Interviews take place in January each year. Interview dates for the 2020 Fellowships will be announced here soon.

In rare instances we may permit an interview by Skype, if your circumstances warrant it, but we generally advise against this. Online interviews do not always give you the best chance to convey your ideas and suitability, and may not always be feasible for us to set up on the allotted day (in which case the application would fail). Please notify us in November if you want to discuss an online interview. 

Interview format

Interviews are held in our London office and last around 20 minutes. Please arrive 10 minutes early. If you are running late, please contact us.

The interview panel will include experts in your topic area. It may also include existing Fellows, Trustees, members of our Advisory Council and of our partner organisations. You will also meet senior staff and members of our Fellowship Team.

You will be asked to explain briefly in your own words what your project is about, and this will prompt questions from the panel. You are not allowed to refer to any papers or presentations, nor to bring in demonstration objects. You are welcome to ask the panel any questions about the Fellowship or your project.

In your interview, we need to see:

  • That you have a clearly defined and worthwhile project that can make a practical contribution to UK society.
  • That your project needs to be researched overseas, and cannot be done in the UK or from your desk.
  • That you have thought in detail about how you will use and share your findings from overseas to make an impact when you return. This would include a plan for disseminating your findings and a sense of how this will benefit your profession or community or the UK as a whole.
  • That your travel plan is realistic, focusing on locations where the relevant topic expertise is available. Plans that are over-ambitious in time or number of locations are unlikely to be supported.
  • That you will be able to use your Fellowship to maximum effect and will represent the Fellowship appropriately.