109 remarkable Australians receive prestigious honour

19 Jun 2015

National Media Release

View the full list of 2015 Churchill Fellows


They come from across Australia, work in a wide range of fields, and every one of these adept and passionate individuals has a new mandate.

As Churchill Fellows they will engage with the best from the global community to gain and exchange new ideas and innovation, for a better Australia.

Today, 109 talented Australians were officially confirmed as 2015 recipients of a Churchill Fellowship, which will enable them to take their research to new levels.

The 2015 Fellows join a long line of ground-breaking Australians who have crossed international borders to seek and bring back new knowledge to benefit their profession, industry, community and Australia as a whole.

“These exceptional people are well positioned in their fields to make a real difference, and like thousands of Fellows before them, now become part of Sir Winston Churchill’s living legacy, following in his footsteps to make societal progress,” said Paul Tys, CEO of the Trust.

“The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust congratulates this year’s recipients on the wonderful work they have done to date, and look forward to seeing where their new research will take them.

“Today’s announcement marks the beginning of a year of celebration for the Trust and our Fellows, as we enter our 50th Anniversary - a significant milestone.

“Each Fellow is highly motivated with a clear vision of how the project they undertake can positively affect our country.”

The Churchill Trust was established in April 1965, soon after Sir Winston Churchill’s death on 24 January that same year, and since then has allowed more than 4,000 Australians to explore a subject of merit for the benefit of Australian communities.

“50 years on, it is most reassuring to see such ambitious, inspiring ideas continue to emerge, showing much promise for Australia’s future,” said Mr Tys.

The Fellowships are valued at an average of $25,000 each, and will see the Fellows travel to the far edges of the globe in search of excellence.


New South Wales - 24 Fellowships including:

  • Exploring the best way to foster a local and national cardiac genomic network
  • Investigating the optimal management of speech problems in toddlers with cleft palate
  • Investigating techniques for producing species-rich native seed crops for biodiversity restoration

Victoria - 23 Fellowships including:

  • Investigating examples of extreme fire behaviour to improve the Australian bushfire model
  • Exploring short term live-in intensive models for intellectually disabled children
  • Investigating effective recycling of urban and agricultural waste to provide positive outcomes for agriculture

Queensland - 21 Fellowships including:

  • Researching impacts and learnings from extreme Storm Surge events on coastal communities
  • Investigating implications and risks to Australian families considering Cross Border Surrogacy
  • Assessing the role of the private sector in delivery of National Park conservation management 

Western Australia - 13 Fellowships including:

  • Exploring management of interface between industrial and residential development
  • Investigating successful models of Full Service Schools
  • Understanding the management effectiveness of our natural marine assets on a regional scale

South Australia - 9 Fellowships including:

  • Developing a national centre for cheese education, creating a paddock-to-plate Artisan Cheese Industry
  • Investigating services and practices relevant to homeless individuals exhibiting premature ageing
  • Studying family inclusive programs in the mental health treatment of Defence Force members
  • Investigating the use of low cost drones for improving environmental research with reduced funding

Australian Capital Territory - 9 Fellowships including:

  • Examining models for addressing domestic violence which can inform Australian policy
  • Engineering nitric oxide breath sensors to assist in the diagnosis and management of asthma 

Tasmania - 5 Fellowships including:

  • Conducting research into planning age care facilities to assist in designing for dementia
  • Investigating school to work apprenticeship pathways, through the European salmon aquaculture industry
  • Investigating arts in prisons particularly its capacity to reduce recidivism and produce savings

Northern Territory - 5 Fellowships including:

  • Investigating emergency service volunteer community engagement to build community resilience
  • Researching models of commercial culinary training/social enterprises for disadvantaged people
  • Understanding effective ways to use early childhood data with Indigenous communities


Media contact:

Philip McCall T 02 9234 3822 M 0438 619 987 E pmccall@apa.net.au 
Australian Public Affairs

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