Winston Churchill Memorial Trust - Travel Grants for Change-makers

A Churchill Fellowship offers you the full funding to travel anywhere in the world for 4-8 weeks, researching a topic of your choice that can make a contribution to UK society on your return.  These are not academic research trips, they are journeys to learn about real-world issues from the leading practitioners in the world. And we want you to make a real-world difference with your learning when you come home.


They fund UK citizens from all parts of society to research a practical topic overseas that can make a real difference to their community or profession when they come home. And award 150 of these Fellowships each year and selection is made on the potential of the applicant and the strength of their idea.

A successful application must show:

  • An idea that can make a practical and worthwhile contribution to UK society, in any topic whatsoever.

  • A reason why the idea should be researched overseas, anywhere in the world.

  • An applicant with the potential to make change happen, whoever they are and whatever their background.

  • They are keen to see ideas that fall within their current award categories, which evolve each year to reflect contemporary issues. Any other ideas can be submitted within the Open category.

Uniquely among funding programmes, they do not look at the qualifications, background or age of the applicant. They are interested in talent and commitment, which can come from anywhere. The only threshold is that applicants must be a UK resident citizen, aged 18 or over.

What they fund

They need to see all of these:

  • An idea that aims to solve a clearly stated need or issue in UK society, whether professionally, locally or nationally.

  • An idea for which there are new approaches and solutions in projects you can visit overseas.

  • An idea that is not already being implemented in the UK.

  • A clear sense of where and why the idea could be researched abroad (as opposed to in the UK or from your desk).

  • A clear sense of how the idea could be translated into practical action on the applicant’s return from abroad.

The grant covers:

  • Economy return flights to the UK.

  • Internal travel in your destination countries.

  • Food and accommodation for the duration of your travels.

In addition to the grant, they also pay for:

  • Visa fees.

  • Vaccination costs.

  • Travel insurance.

Award Categories

  • Artists & makers

  • Education

  • Emergency services: crisis prevention, response and recovery

  • Enterprise: supporting social impact

  • Environment, conservation and sustainable living

  • Healthcare: innovations for the twenty-first century

  • Palliative and end of life care

  • Physical activity: making moves for healthier lives

  • Rural living: strengthening countryside communities

  • Science, technology and engineering

  • Suicide: prevention, intervention and postvention

  • Open category: for any projects beyond this range

How to apply

For further information, visit the website

Deadline for applications is 17th September 2019 for travel within 2020