Frequently Asked Questions

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Below you’ll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about applying for a Churchill Fellowship.

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Pictured: Churchill Fellow Thomas Forrest

Any Australian Citizen or permanent resident of Australia over the age of 18 can apply.

No academic or tertiary qualifications are required in order for you to apply for a Fellowship.

Yes, provided that your proposed project is not directly related to your tertiary studies, and you can demonstrate past achievement in the field of the proposed project.

No. Fellowships are not awarded to enable an applicant to gain or contribute towards any tertiary qualifications.

Yes. However, you must be available to attend an interview (or interviews) in Australia at any time in June and July. If successful, your Fellowship should commence from Australia, and you must return to Australia upon completion of your Fellowship.

2022 applications open on Tuesday 1 February and close on Thursday 28 April.

No. A Fellowship will not be awarded to enable an applicant to work overseas.

Financial support can be provided to cover the cost of tuition or a specific course applicable to your project. Limited support can be provided for you to attend a conference applicable to your project.

No. Interview schedules are set by each State and Territory in advance and are fixed. If you can’t make an interview, provision for attending interviews using video interview alternatives will be considered on a case by case basis.

No. Churchill Fellowships are for overseas travel only.

The amount of money awarded for every Fellowship is different as it is calculated based on the number of countries visited, the duration of the approved Fellowship and an estimated airfare. The average is currently $28,000.

Final selections will be announced mid-September. Successful applicants can travel from 1 February the following year.

If successful you should depart during the 12 months after the award of your Fellowship.  Successful applicants can travel from 1 February.

The duration of a Fellowship is four to eight weeks. Additional time spent overseas is permitted but will be at the applicant’s own expense.

Not on initial application but you will be required to provide this if you are successful.

The Trust provides support tailored to the needs of the applicant. More information can be found here.

The Trust provides support tailored to the needs of the applicant. More information can be found here.

A sponsored Fellowship carries the same conditions as any Churchill Fellowship except that the topic is usually confined to a specific field of endeavour eg. The Dame Roma Mitchell Churchill Fellowship for excellence in the performing arts. Some sponsored Fellowships are only for award in a particular State, Territory or region and the number of sponsored Fellowships offered changes each year.

Fellowships are awarded to individuals only.

You may only submit one application per year. If you are not successful you can reapply in future years.

Late applications are not accepted.

Every year varies slightly but nationally the Trust typically receives close to 1,000 applications per year and awards around 100 Fellowships per year.

If your Fellowship application was unsuccessful, we encourage you to read through the following advice and consider applying again in a future round.