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

“The Fellowship has been integral in a number of ways, not least by enabling me to establish a wide and varied network of international educators and scientists, many of whom have contributed in some way to our faculty.” - James Perkins (2016 Fellow investigating best practice for science research)

What we offer

Meet the 2020 Fellows in this category

This award category

Applications for the Fellowships in education 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.

Please note: 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.

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


Who can apply?

Everyone can apply for a Churchill Fellowship, regardless of age, background or qualifications, so long as they are a UK resident citizen aged 18 or over. Fellows come from all parts of society, all age groups and all professional fields. We particularly welcome applicants who would not find funding elsewhere. Additional funding for interpreters is available.

How to apply

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.

Read more Fellows' stories and work in this area