Winston Churchill fellowship requests must be for:
*The Trust may also consider requests from people wishing to visit New Zealand for a fellowship that will contribute to a profession, industry, occupation or trade in New Zealand and benefit New Zealand in general.
The Trust has limited income and aims to distribute this income as widely as possible each year for the greatest benefit to New Zealand.
The usual amount awarded for a fellowship is between $7,000 and $10,000. The Trust expects applicants to personally meet not less than 20 per cent of the total estimated costs of their proposed fellowship travel, and to contribute more if they are able.
As well as Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowships, there are special purpose fellowships in partnership with others.
This partnered fellowship is for promising writers and journalists to travel and live overseas. The intention is for the recipient’s horizons to broaden and shift so that their writing is enhanced. Priority is given to applicants who:
Fellowship requests must be for:
In addition to the supporting documents required for any fellowship, requests for a Winston Churchill McNeish Writers’ Fellowship must include a writing sample and evidence of one or more publications or writing success achieved to date.
A Winston Churchill McNeish Writers’ Fellowship is offered every second year. The next one will be offered in 2021.
In partnership with the New Zealand China Friendship Society, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust offers a specialised fellowship for travel to China to gain knowledge, understanding and experience of Chinese culture and values and share New Zealand culture and values in China, for the benefit of an occupation, trade or profession, or to benefit New Zealand through the creation or deepening of New Zealand-China relations.
The Winston Churchill New Zealand China Friendship Society Fellowship is available every second year. Requests must be for short term (up to 3 months) travel in China in the calendar year following the award of the fellowship.
Applicants must be actively involved in an occupation, activities or field of interest which will benefit from fostering relationships and building knowledge and understanding of New Zealand / China relations.
The application must show how the travel will enhance an applicant’s understanding and competence in their occupation, activities or field of interest and will build friendships and understanding of New Zealand-China relations. The request should show:
There are no additional supporting document requirements.
A Winston Churchill New Zealand China Friendship Society Fellowship is offered every second year. The next one will be offered in 2021.
In 2019, the Trust, alongside the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) offered a Winston Churchill ANZSOG Fellowship.
It will enabled a Māori who is a permanent member of the New Zealand public sector to travel overseas for up to 6 weeks to study public sector practices which lead to positive outcomes for indigenous communities to inform the delivery of positive outcomes for tangata whenua in New Zealand.
In addition to the supporting documents required for any fellowship, requests for a Winston Churchill ANZSOG Fellowship must include two letters of support – one from the applicant’s iwi, and one from the applicant’s Chief Executive.
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and partnered fellowships do not fund requests for:
People who are New Zealand citizens or ordinarily resident in New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Tokelau or Niue may request a fellowship if they have not previously received a fellowship. Proof of permanent residency will be required.
Please note that there are restrictions on who can apply for Partnered Fellowships. The Trust may also consider a fellowship request to visit New Zealand for a purpose that will contribute to a profession, industry, occupation or trade in New Zealand and benefit New Zealand in general.
Winston Churchill Fellowships are open to people at all stages in their careers, in any profession, industry, occupation or trade. All subject areas are considered. There are no qualification requirements, but applicants need to show how they will share their travel learnings with their peers and communities. However previous Fellowship recipients may not reapply.
The Trust would like to receive more requests for fellowships in agriculture, science or technology and / or for learning from cultures in the Pacific and Asian regions. It welcomes more requests from people living in communities outside of New Zealand’s larger cities, and from New Zealanders from all ethnic backgrounds, including Māori and/or Pacific peoples.
Applications for fellowships are made online when a funding round is open. You will need a ‘Real Me’ login to be able to access the Fellowship application form.
The link below will take you to a page that asks for your ‘Real Me’ login or enables you to apply for a ‘Real Me’ login. Please follow the instructions on the page to make a request for funding.
For more information and / or assistance with ‘Real Me’ telephone 0800 824 824.
There is one funding round each year.
The funding round opens on the first Wednesday in May, and closes on the last Wednesday in July (2019-2021), or, the first Wednesday in August (2023-2024).
Only one request may be made to a funding round. Unsuccessful fellowship applicants may apply to a future funding round. Previous Fellowship recipients may not reapply.
In your application you will need to:
The following supporting documents must be uploaded in your request:
Plus any partnered fellowship required document. These are:
Fellowship decisions are usually notified by the end of October in the year the request is made. Once an online application is submitted it moves to the applicant’s ‘Pending Review’ stage and will remain there until a decision is made.
Requests for fellowships always exceed the amount of funding available.
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Board will review all applications individually and comparatively. Fellowship awards are based on:
All fellowship recipients must submit a Report on their project within six months of their return to New Zealand. These reports are reviewed by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Board and are published online. Partnered Fellowship reports are provided to the partner.
Fellowship recipients sign a Fellowship Agreement in which they accept various obligations. If all obligations are not fulfilled, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Board will approach referees to help ensure compliance, and consider full recovery of any funding provided.
Since the Trust was established in 1965, nearly 900 Winston Churchill Fellowships have provided travel opportunities overseas for ordinary people from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds from throughout New Zealand. The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Board ensures that income from the Trust continues to be available for fellowship experiences for New Zealanders wanting to learn from others, experience other cultures and give back to their communities.
Read more about our Fellows and Projects here.
Fellowship Reports are the copyright of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. This material may be used for personal or in-house (not for commercial purpose) use without fees or further permission. For permission to reproduce the material for any purpose other than personal or in-house use, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In all cases, the material must be reproduced accurately and not be used in a misleading context. Where the material is being published or issued for others, the source of the material and its copyright status must be acknowledged.
The views and opinions by authors expressed in Fellowship Reports do not state or reflect those of the Trust.
Information about the Trust is also available at the Trust’s Facebook Page here.
For further information about the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, you can contact us on 0800 824 824 (between 8am and 5pm Monday to Thursday, 9am and 5pm Friday), or email email@example.com
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