Funded Travelling Fellowships for Teachers in Education Futures

Published: 11 Jun 2015

Funded Travelling Fellowships for Teachers in Education Futures

In 2016, The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust will be 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 our partnership with The Mercers' Charitable Foundation , we will be awarding 10 Travelling Fellowships in the Education Futures category, and the application process is now open.

We are keen to hear from you if you are involved in teaching and related policy and research with projects that aim to contribute, within the UK, to a futures-driven educational agenda, ensuring young people are prepared for a successful future within the context of a rapidly changing, increasingly complex and connected world. Project foci could include pedagogical practice, partnerships for learning, the use of digital technology, models of schooling, approaches to teacher professional development and / or learning about effective system level change.

Professor Allison Littlejohn’s Fellowship transformed her from a scientist to an educator, specialising in technology-enhanced learning for science education. She travelled to the USA to investigate the creation and ownership of learning resources and content, including the use of digital resources for learning. Since then she has held many senior positions within Universities. In 2007 Allison became Shell Learning Senior Researcher, leading a university team in the competition to win a prestigious research partnership with Shell, allowing unique exploration into aligning learning with work. She has also written books on Technology Enhanced Learning.

Amongst those travelling this year is Tom Crick, a senior lecturer in computing science from Cardiff, who will be travelling to Israel and the USA to investigate best practice in developing and teaching the computer science curriculum. 

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 in 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 Mercers' Charitable Foundation is funded by the Mercers’ Company, the Premier Livery Company of the City of London.  The Company’s origins date back beyond its first charter in the 14th Century.  It has been involved in education for over 500 years, since the foundation of St. Paul’s School in 1509. The Company’s activities include the ownership and management of a large portfolio of investments, mainly properties in the City and West End of London.  It is Trustee of and manages charities which provide housing for the elderly, wide ranging support for education, welfare, heritage and the arts, and it has active links with many churches.

For further information about the Mercers’ Company and its charitable activities, please visit