2019 Churchill Fellowships for UK Citizens

Deadline: September 17, 2019.

Churchill Fellowships are research projects that require overseas travel. They investigate inspiring practice in other countries, in order to identify new and better ways of tackling a wide range of current challenges facing the UK



They are selected to address eight universal themes in society: Arts and culture, Community and citizenship, Economy and enterprise, Education and skills, Environment and resources, Health and wellbeing, Governance and public provision, Science and technology.



Our Fellows come from all over the UK and from many different backgrounds. We do not require qualifications, but you should be passionate about what you do and keen to share your passion to inspire others.

To apply, you must satisfy all of these criteria:

  • A UK Citizen and have a UK passport at the time when you apply.
  • Resident in the UK.
  • Aged 18 or over when you submit your application form (or turn 18 by the end of that year).
  • (People in certain other circumstances can also apply.)
  • There is no upper age limit. We want to ensure that anyone with a worthwhile project has the chance to become a Churchill Fellow, and so encourage applications from people of all ages. 
  • fund a wide range of projects which are chosen by applicants themselves. We invite applications across ten or more award categories, which are updated each year according to the challenges currently facing the UK.



Each individual grant is calculated based on the project, destination(s) to be visited and the duration of the Fellowship.

The grant covers:

  • Economy class return travel to your destination countries.
  • Internal travel in your destination countries.
  • Food and accommodation for the duration of your travels.

Some costs for interpreters, carers and conference attendances may also be covered, on a case-by-case basis



  1. Application: the first stage is to complete our simple Application Form online. The form asks about your proposed topic and travels, and some standard personal details. It also asks which award category your project relates to. You should use this form to demonstrate that your project is feasible and meets our funding criteria. If your project concerns children or adults at risk, we would expect you to have relevant experience and be able to assess the risks in order to safely carry out your project. The deadline for us to receive the form is 5pm on 17 September 2019. Late forms will  not be considered.
  2. Shortlisting: if you are shortlisted, we will contact you in November and ask you to complete our in-depth Shortlist Form online. You will have around three weeks to complete and submit this form. It requests more detail about your project, an outline budget and two references. It will form the basis for a short interview in January.
  3. Interviews: all shortlistees are invited for a 20-minute interview by a panel of people from their field, in January.
  4. Results: successful candidates will be informed in February. You will then be invited to attend one of our New Fellows’ Seminars in London, where you can meet our team and learn how to plan your project and set up your trip. You can travel from April onwards.




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