Media Release: Applications open for the travel and research opportunity of a lifetime

1 Nov 2013

A Churchill Fellowship where you design your own research, travel the world, expand your skills and make a positive contribution to Australia: it’s not a dream, it’s an opportunity available today.

Applications have opened for the prestigious Churchill Fellowships, which each year see more than 100 Australians awarded a travel Fellowship worth an average of $20,000 each.

The Fellowships fund accommodation and travel for Australians aged over 18 to go overseas for a period of 6-8 weeks, gather information in their field of work or endeavour, create networks and return to share their findings.

A memorial to Sir Winston Churchill, the Fellowships are similar to Rhodes Scholarships, but more egalitarian in that they are available to all people and on a much wider basis.

Endorsed as a concept by Churchill before he died, they are designed to perpetuate his memory and provide an opportunity for people who, like Churchill, are determined to make a difference.

Funding stems from the “Churchill Memorial Sunday” doorknock appeal, held in Australia almost five decades ago, and which proved the greatest one-day doorknock in Australian history.

“I strongly encourage suitable applicants to consider submitting an application for a 2014 Churchill Fellowship,” said Paul Tys, Chief Executive Officer of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

“A Churchill Fellowship provides you with an opportunity to investigate the best ideas in the world, to do things you never thought possible and to meet people who inspire you in your area of expertise.

“Likewise, a Churchill Fellowship catapults you into a position to contribute to improving the life of Australians. Few people have that opportunity and I urge you to grab it and make the most if it!”

Application process

Applications are open for the 2014 Churchill Fellowships from 1 November 2013 to mid-February 2014 for travel between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015.

All Australian citizens aged over 18 are invited to apply. No prescribed qualifications are required and the subject of the project is limitless - provided a benefit to Australia is evident.

The application process involves a two page application form and two references, a panel interview, and a description of how you, as a recipient, will contribute to Australia’s knowledge base. The categories for applications across Australia are:

  • Land, Commerce and Logistics
  • Professions and Services
  • Health and Medicine
  • Education and Training
  • Public Service
  • Community Service
  • The Arts

History of the Churchill Fellowships and The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

It was almost five decades ago, just four weeks after the death of Sir Winston Churchill on 28 February 1965, that the “Churchill Memorial Sunday” doorknock appeal was held across Australia.

The doorknock was to raise funds for an unusual type of memorial to Sir Winston - something like Rhodes Scholarships, but more egalitarian, and available to all people and on a much wider basis.

The concept, endorsed by Churchill before he died, was Fellowships, bearing his name, for ordinary people - providing a unique opportunity to travel, learn, and bring knowledge back to their country.

Such was the admiration and respect that Australian fighting men and women of World War II held for Churchill, that this became the greatest one-day doorknock in Australian history.

Funds collected from everyday Australians together with donations from Government and Australian companies totalled the princely sum of 2,206,000 Pounds ($4,412,000).

That laid the foundation for an incredible opportunity – Fellowships offered annually and worth on average $20,000 each, available to Australians who want to make a difference.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established to administer not only the total funds raised by the 1965 Appeal, but also the Churchill Fellowship award scheme.

Since the inception of the Churchill Trust, more than 3,800 Australians aged over 18 have identified projects where overseas research allowed them to bring back vital networks and skills.

More information

Further information and an application package can be obtained online from www.churchilltrust.com.au or by calling 02 6247 8333.

Media contact

Philip McCall Telephone (02) 92343888 or Mobile 0438 619 987


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