This project would not have been possible without the generous support of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. The 2015 application process is now open (until 1700 BST on 23 September 2014) so I would encourage anyone with an idea that could improve the community or their profession and bring benefit to others in the UK, through the sharing of results of the experiences, to apply.
What does the Trust do?
Each year over 100 British citizens are awarded Fellowships for a wide range of projects. A Fellow must travel overseas for between 4-8 weeks, past award winners include nurses, artists, scientists, engineers, farmers, conservationists, carers, craft workers, artisans, members of the emergency services, sportsmen and women and young people. Since 1966, some 4450 Fellowships have been awarded.
The Trust also funds up to 10 undergraduate bursaries at Churchill College Cambridge, as well as an Archive By- Fellowship at the Churchill Archives Centre, each year.
What is the purpose of a Churchill Travelling Fellowship?
To widen an individual`s experience in such a way that he or she grows in confidence, knowledge, authority and ambition. To bring benefit to others in the UK through sharing the results of the experience. This is achieved through:
- the inspiration provided by the individual’s example – his or her subsequent performance and achievements
- the dissemination and application of new knowledge, different perspectives and innovative solutions
What is the objective for Churchill Travelling Fellowships?
The Trust’s objective for the Travelling Fellowships is to provide opportunities for British citizens to go abroad on a worthwhile enterprise of their own choosing, with the aim of enriching their lives by their wider experience – through the knowledge, understanding, and/or skills they gain – and, on their return, enhancing the life of their community by their example and the dissemination of the benefit of their travels. These opportunities are provided to people of any age, gender, ethnicity or religion, with or without educational qualifications, and in any occupation or none.
Why was the Trust established?
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established when Sir Winston Churchill died in 1965. Thousands of people, out of respect for the man and in gratitude for his inspired leadership, gave generously so that a living memorial to Sir Winston could benefit future generations of British people. This fund now supports approximately 100 Travelling Fellowships and ten Bursaries at Churchill College Cambridge, each year based on the Trust’s charitable Object of:
“The advancement and propagation of education in any part of the world for the benefit of British citizens of all walks of life in such exclusively charitable manner that such education will make its recipients more effective in their life and work, whilst benefiting themselves and their communities, and ultimately the UK as a whole”.
Further information about the Trust, and the application process, can be found here: