Funded Travelling Fellowships in the Environment, Sustainable Living and Horticulture

Published: 11 Jun 2015

Funded Travelling Fellowships in the Environment, Sustainable Living and Horticulture

In 2016, The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust investing over £1.34 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.

As part of the second year of a joint partnership with The Frank Jackson Foundation we will be awarding two Travelling Fellowships in the Environment, Sustainable Living and Horticulture category to promote environmental education and public awareness of Environmental issues.

We have also partnered with the Royal Horticultural Society who will be jointly funding those involved in garden and landscape design and related horticultural professions, to mark the tercentenery of Capability Brown.

The application process is now open.

We would be very interested in applications for projects covering the environment, conservation and biodiversity, the countryside and food production. People looking at adaptation and environmental resilience to climate change, and market approaches to environmental issues, such as biodiversity offsetting, are also encouraged to apply.


Ian Boyd travelled to Arctic Canada, the Gulf of St Lawrence and northern Newfoundland with the aim of studying the biological, social and economic background to seal culling. He visited sealing operations in different areas and assessed the techniques in use, from laboratory analyses to field observations. Ian Boyd’s Fellowship represented the early stages of a career that has built a detailed understanding of the dynamics of complex systems (including physiological, social and ecological systems) and that continues to focus on developing solutions to some of the most intractable interactions between people and the environment. Since his Fellowship, Ian has spent 14 years studying marine mammal ecology in Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey. He was awarded the Zoological Society of London Scientific Medal for his work on Polar Science, as well as the prestigious Bruce Medal for Polar Science by the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 2001 he became Director of the Natural Environment Research Council’s Sea Mammal Research Unit at the University of St Andrews, and then also of the Scottish Oceans Institute in 2009. He led these institutions to gain the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2011.

Ian is a reviewing editor for the Journal Science and was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2001 and of the Society of Biology in 2010. In 2012 he moved to become Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government on Food and Environment within the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Ian has also established several commercial companies that now operate globally and he has been a member of several committees that have reviewed fisheries both globally and nationally. He is also the author/editor of 10 books and over 160 peer-review scientific publications, and he continues to publish as part of a part-time professorship at the University of St Andrews.

Amongst those travelling this year is Adam Payne, who is produce distribution and training coordinator for Organiclea Community Growers in Chingford. He will be travelling to Italy and Poland to explore traditional techniques for preserving fresh produce.

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 beneficial impact of their personal development, but also with the advantage of their enhanced knowledge, new ideas and examples of best practise that they bring back to the organisation.

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

Successful applicants will receive an average Fellowship grant of over £6000, covering return airfare, daily living costs, insurance and travel within the countries being visited, for approximately 6 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 5100 Travelling Fellowships.

The application process for travel in 2016 is now open, and there are 11 varied categories which people can apply.

Churchill’s beliefs and passions are still living on through our Fellows – who are remarkable yet ordinary individuals, representing a wide range of backgrounds, qualifications, interests and professions, but sharing the desire to do something for the improvement of British life and their fellow man.

The deadline for the 2016 applications is 5pm on 22nd September 2015.

In total 150 Fellowships were awarded in the UK in 2015, an investment of over £1.34 million. The Fellows are currently travelling to 58 countries between them, across 6 continents, carrying out a wide range of projects.

To maximise the impact of our Fellowships we have developed partnerships 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.

The Frank Jackson Foundation will jointly fund two Fellowships to promote Environmental education and public awareness of Environmental issues. The Frank Jackson Foundation is a grant making Trust that was established by the late Mr Frank Jackson M.B.E., a well-known businessman and philanthropist from Woodbridge in Suffolk. The principal objectives of the Foundation, on which the majority of our funds are expended, are to benefit, through education, the disadvantaged, and to support world-class environmental research.

The The Royal Horticultural Society is committed to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people, inspire the next generation of gardeners and invest in the future to safeguard a £10.4 billion industry employing more than 300,000 people. Funded entirely by our members, visitors and supporters. RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and help us secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit