28 Sep 2017

Churchill's leadership lives on in the 109 talented Australians who are now #2017ChurchillFellows

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A new cohort of passionate and motivated Australians will travel throughout the world in 2018 in search of new ideas, innovation and excellence as recipients of a prestigious Churchill Fellowship.   

With projects that disrupt and challenge the status quo addressing issues of national significance and local benefit, 109 enthusiastic Australians have today been announced as the 2017 Churchill Fellows.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established in 1965 to honour the memory of Sir Winston Churchill, and fulfil his wish to offer people from all walks of life, the opportunity to travel overseas to gain new knowledge and insights that can be practically applied in Australia to positively impact our communities and society at large.

“It is more than 52 years since the Churchill Fellowship was first awarded in honour of Sir Winston Churchill, however the projects that will be aided by his legacy are still, as he intended, firmly focussed on the future,” said CEO of the Churchill Trust, Mr Adam Davey.

“While our organisation and what it offers may be steeped in history, we are proud that it still remains extraordinarily relevant.

“This year, 109 people from a pool of 1140 applicants are being awarded Fellowships worth over $2.8 million in total, fully funding their travel for up to 8 weeks,” said Mr Davey.

“To have the opportunity to recognise and reward deserving Australians with an experience that we know will provide them with the traction they are looking for to progress their projects when they return is most satisfying and the Trust is here to support them through any bumps, twists or turns their journey make take into the future.”

“We will be sending Fellows from all States and Territories of Australia around the world, to investigate everything from high-energy batteries and milk pricing, to sustainable shoemaking and driverless cars.

“The key to becoming a Churchill Fellow is your passion and drive to make a difference in your community and a good project that will allow you to do just that.

Churchill Fellowships have been awarded to 26 people from NSW, 21 from VIC, 18 from QLD, 13 from WA, 8 from the ACT, 9 from SA, 7 from TAS and 7 from the NT.

“It has been very interesting to see the diversity of topics that have come through this year in the successful Fellowship applications, while some share similar topic areas no project is the same,” said Davey.

“For example, a number of the 2017 Fellows will explore interventions related to ‘children in care’ yet they will independently address different aspects of the varied circumstances children are in, while others are investigating technologies such as 3D Printing to solve health issues.

“We also have a number of Fellows investigating effective support programs for people experiencing trauma caused by many different situations yet all are looking to provide them with the most effective tools to overcome adversity specific to the situation they find themselves in.

“It is an extremely exciting time for these deserving Australians, who took grasp of the opportunity to apply for a Churchill Fellowship that will expand their knowledge for the benefit of our country,” Mr Davey said.

See where a Churchill Fellowship can take you...applications open again on 1 February 2018

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