Churchill Scholarship offers people chance to travel overseas to improve lives of Australians

9 Jan 2014

Churchill Scholarship offers people chance to travel overseas to improve lives of Australians
Sean O'Toole was a recipient of a Winston Churchhill Memorial Trust Fellowship, that allowed him to travel overseas to study opportunities for New Zealand, USA and Canada. Picture: John Appleyard Source: News Limited


Inner West Courier, Sydney

Overseas trips funded for up to eight weeks are being offered again this year by the Churchill Scholarship. 
The aim is to give people the ability to learn new information in their field of work, create networks and return to share their findings.

Paul Tys, chief executive of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, said the fellowship provided people with an opportunity to investigate the best ideas in the world and to meet people who inspired them in their area of expertise.

"A Churchill Fellowship catapults you into a position to contribute to improving the life of Australians," Mr Tys said.

Forest Lodge resident Sean O'Toole is the director of learning and development at the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, and was one of a hundred Australians who won a scholarship in 2012.

It allowed him to see the best practice worldwide in career development and enhancing education of indigenous people.

"I did a six-week trip to New Zealand, Canada and the US, and did 54 interviews with key people, visited 10 universities, six government organisations and four not-for-profit organisations that had a program or identified approach that were different to what we were doing," he said.

Mr O'Toole, 46, said that not only did he make great contacts overseas but implementing his findings would help reshape the approach to developing careers and life-wide education opportunities for Aboriginal people­.


  • Applications for the 2014 Churchill Fellowships close on February 19, for travel between September 1, 2014, and August 31, 2015
  • Categories for applications are land, commerce and logistics, professions and services, health and medicine, education and training, public and community service and the arts
  • Each year more than 100 Australians are awarded a travel fellowship worth an average of $20,000 each

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