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 Petah Cavallaro, 2019

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

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.

Final selections will be announced mid-September.

The travelling period is from 1 November 2024 to 31 January 2026. If you would like to travel between 1 November 2024 to 31 January 2025 (the first three months), please have your itinerary and meeting arrangements submitted in writing, 5 weeks prior to your planned departure.


A hobby can be your topic – as long as it offers potential benefits to Australia and your community through the sharing of knowledge or skills, and you demonstrate the enthusiasm and commitment to do so. 

Fellowships are awarded to individuals only.

Joint Fellowships can be awarded to applicants who have a project in issues that affect First Nations peoples that is justifiably strengthened by having at least one Indigenous perspective on the topic. You can read more about our alternative Fellowship types here.

Late applications are not accepted.

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

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

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

A Churchill Fellowship is designed first and foremost as an international travel experience, however there can be some exceptions in certain circumstances, such as:

  • If international travel is not possible (eg. during a pandemic) virtual research may be approved on a case-by-case basis
  • If a disability or caring responsibilities prevent international travel virtual research is an alternative that will be considered
  • Applicants living in remote parts of Australia may be able to apply for domestic travel where the benefits to the individual and community are strong.

You can read more about our alternative Fellowship types (including hybrid/virtual Fellowships and domestic Fellowships) here.

You do not need to provide your vaccination status to apply for a Churchill Fellowship, however you should be mindful that you will need to meet any government requirements relating to international travel that are in place at the time you undertake your Churchill Fellowship, including visas, vaccinations, etc.

No. Churchill Fellowship topics are boundless, and we welcome and consider all topics.

The Churchill Trust has opportunities for Fellows to apply for post-Fellowship support to help further implement findings. The Churchill Trust provides guidance and networks to help Fellows effectively apply their learnings and contribute to their respective fields and communities.

You will receive a confirmation email when your application has been submitted. 

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.

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.

Your allocated budget (Overseas Living Allowance) is determined based on your proposed itinerary and duration. We know that things can change, so the Trust can increase this allowance by up to 10% with approval if required. Please note, the approved Fellowship duration of your trip cannot change.

A Churchill Fellowship is available to Australian citizens or permanent residents aged 18 and above. There is no upper age limit.

No, it will not. However, we encourage you to consider your unique perspective and approach. Explain what additional knowledge is required, why it is necessary, and why you are the right person to do it. 

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.

Yes, you can still study at a tertiary institution provided that you can demonstrate that your proposed project is not directly related to your current tertiary studies.

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

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

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.

You can reach out to request a connection with our Churchill Fellows via their page on our website. 

If your Fellowship application was unsuccessful, we encourage you to read through the following advice and consider applying again in a future round. We don’t provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.

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

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.

After you complete your travel, you must submit a comprehensive Fellowship Report detailing the knowledge and findings acquired during your overseas experience. As part of your contractual obligation, this report must be submitted within 10 weeks of your research travel, and can be presented in written, audio, or video format, in line with Churchill Trust report writing guidelines. The Churchill Trust will support and guide you to ensure the completion of your final report.

Applications open 1 March and close 1 May 2024. Find out more  here.

Your Churchill Fellowship is a fully funded trip that covers all travel, accommodation and meals, and any other fees approved in your application. 

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

Assessment panels are made up of a diverse range of people from all sectors and backgrounds in each state and territory. Final selection recommendations are approved by the Board of the Winston Churchill Trust 

You can learn more about the assessment process here.

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