Janet Williamson researched alternative measures of success in education

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This award category was offered for application in 2019. All categories for application in 2020 will be confirmed before we reopen for applications on 30 April 2020. To receive advance information and alerts, please register using the button above.

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Applications are welcome on any topic related to improving or transforming how children and young people learn in schools.

Projects to help ensure children enjoy good mental health are of particular interest, as also are ideas that encourage the recruitment and retention of school teachers, through improving their professional leadership, motivation and development.

(NB: if you plan to visit Finland, please see the note below.)

This category is in partnership with The Mercers' Charitable Foundation.

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We are open for applications in 2020 from 30 April to 15 September (deadline 5pm). This is for travels in 2021 and beyond. 

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 up to two months overseas, researching a topic of your choice – and then a lifetime relationship to help you spread the global insights that you bring back.

Everyone can apply, regardless of age, background or qualifications, so long as they are a UK citizen aged 18 or over. We particularly welcome applicants who would not find funding elsewhere. Additional funding for interpreters is available.

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If you are proposing to visit Finland,our experience with previous Fellowships has shown that the education system is very different and unlikely to be transferable to the UK context. We therefore only accept proposals that focus on specific educational projects in Finland, rather than on the education system overall. Please also note that Finnish schools receive numerous requests for visits from international educationalists so you will need to have approached the schools/projects in advance, and have an agreement in principle for a visit, before submitting your application.

Fellows' impact in this field

James PerkinsPhysics teacher James Perkins travelled to the USA in 2016 and Germany in 2017 to investigate science research programmes based within secondary schools. Since returning to the UK, he has begun working with Hitachi on an education outreach programme.

Alison Chapman

Teacher trainer Alison Chapman travelled to China in 2009 to learn about traditional Chinese dancing. Since her travels Alison has aimed to help children develop a greater cultural understanding of China through dance. She estimates that she has taught Chinese dance pieces to over 1,500 people and trained 200 trainee teachers to deliver these dance classes.

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