Lisa Finnegan

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Applications are welcome on any topic in education.

We are particularly interested in hearing from those who work with vulnerable children in a school setting (including leaders, teachers, teaching assistants, social workers, educational psychologists and related roles).

We are also interested in projects that encourage the recruitment and retention of teachers, through improving professional motivation and development.

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

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You can register here for email alerts about the next application round, which will run from 16 May to 17 September 2019.



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 over 18. 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, 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

Neil McIntryreScience teacher Neil McIntyre travelled to Estonia and Finland in 2014 to study approaches to increasing achievement in science education. Neil has since presented at conferences and written articles for high-profile publications. He has also gained funding to establish better links between primary and secondary science education. 

Alison ChapmanTeacher 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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