South Australian Firey at the front to learn from the world's best

Haydn McComas, a volunteer fire fighter from South Australia is heading to France, Denmark, Canada, US, and New Zealand to investigate how other nations support volunteer firefighters.

Venom for bio-applications - snake, jellyfish, scorpion & sea anemones - Queenslander to learn from overseas

Venom and its bio-applications are being investigated by Dr Michela Mitchell from Northern Queensland who sets off overseas for her Winston Churchill Fellowship to visit Belgium, Denmark, France, UK and the US.

Fellow Impact Funding

If you had the money, what would you do to further achieve impact with your Fellowship?

Traditional hardanger fiddle making with Adam Edwards

Predominately self taught, Adam Edwards has spent many years discovering the lost art of violin making, taking the time to really understand what makes that little box sing. 

New drug-checking techniques for Australia; learning from Europe

Associate Professor Malcolm McLeod is currently visiting leading drug checking services in the Netherlands, Portugal and Austria as part of his Winston Churchill Fellowship.

Global food insecurity points to Urban food farms

Fiona Buining is travelling to Canada, Netherlands, United Kingdom and USA to investigate urban farm ventures that provide vocational pathways for aspiring food growers.

Adelaidean to learn from world's best hand-carved stone letterers

Mr Evan Marker, an Adelaide-based stonemason of 20 years, is set to travel to the UK and Belgium to train in the art of stone letter carving.

Australia's hydrogen energy future in South Korea & US

Fellow Dr Steven Percy is travelling to the US and South Korea to understand the role of hydrogen in Australia's energy future.

Urging action on plastics crisis - Plastic Free July

Churchill Fellow Rebecca Prince-Ruiz says “we’re inviting every Australian to take part, even if you do just one thing like switching from single-use coffee cups (which are lined with plastic) and bring your own reusable cup. Invite your local representative: Mayor, State/Territory and Federal MPs to join you. Together we can make a difference.”

Churchill Fellows recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours list

Congratulations to the nine Churchill Fellows recognised on the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours list!

National Portrait Gallery partnership

The Trust is delighted to announce a new visual arts partnership with the National Portrait Gallery. The partnership is being launched in conjunction with the Shakespeare to Winehouse exhibition that includes an informal portrait of Sir Winston Churchill.

Yellow Edge in association with the Churchill Trust presents The Wayfinder podcast

The Wayfinder podcast series explores the often winding paths of how Churchill Fellows came to their professions and catalogs the trials and tribulations faced along the way.

Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan

The Churchill Trust have reached an important milestone in our reconciliation journey with the launch of our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan, through which we extend our commitment to meaningful engagement with First Peoples.

Fellow Impact Funding

The Churchill Trust is pleased to announce applications for Fellow Impact Funding are now open.

Doors open again for Churchill Fellowships

The Churchill Trust plans to select around 100 people from diverse walks of life to undertake projects in 2023.

Churchill Trust partners with AIATSIS for Indigenous podcast exploring First Nations influence

Voices of Power podcast series speaks to First Nations influences and what a strong future should look like.

2022 Australia Day Honours

Ten Churchill Fellows and previous Churchill Trust Board Director were recognised on the 2022 Australia Day Honours list.

Announcing the new Saskia Beer Churchill Fellowship

The Churchill Trust is proud to announce a new Churchill Fellowship will be offered to honour the memory and legacy of the late Saskia Beer, made possible through the generous sponsorship of Maggie and Colin Beer.

Vale Peter Cundall CF 1927 – 2021

The loss of Peter’s warmth will be felt by all who had the pleasure of knowing him personally and from a far. Peter's Fellowship was to study modern developments in the presentation of television programmes, more particularly in respect of garden cultivation and design techniques.

Policy Impact Program Fellows Announced 2021-22

The Winston Churchill Trust (Trust) and the Centre for Policy Futures at the University of Queensland (UQ) are very pleased to announce the Policy Impact Program Fellows for 2021-22.

Reflections on the 2021 VGLP

Nine Churchill Fellows were selected to attend 2021 Virtual Global Leadership Practices Program.

RSA Partnership Launch

The Churchill Trust is excited to announce our new partnership with The Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

Apply now for the 2021-22 Policy Impact Program

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Policy Impact Program (PIP) and flagship publication Policy Futures: A Reform Agenda, The Winston Churchill Trust and the Centre for Policy Futures at The University of Queensland are delighted to now open applications for PIP 2021-22.

2021 Virtual Global Leadership Practices Program

We are excited to announce that we are offering six Churchill Fellows the opportunity to virtually visit Singapore, USA, New Zealand, India, UK and Japan as participants in the 2021 Global Leadership Practices Program to be held in September. Apply now...

2021 Recognition Awards

The Churchill Trust Board continues to recognise outstanding contributions by Churchill Fellows to their CFAs and to the Trust. For the second year, the Recognition Award was presented to seven outstanding Churchill Fellows.

2021 National Convention of Churchill Fellows: A Changing World

Register to attend the Convention by 31 August to take advantage of the early bird registration fee. #NCCF2021 provides you with the chance to gain a unique and enlightening perspective of Brisbane and Queensland, through the brilliant work of our inspiring Churchill Fellows.

Churchill Fellows recognised in Queen's Birthday Awards 2021

18 Churchill Fellows recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours list

World Oceans Day with Joanne Lane CF

We speak with Churchill Fellow and kelp farmer Joanne Lane for World Oceans Day.

New Cold Case Homicide Hub launched in Victoria

The Hub is based on a model used by the Toronto Police Service in Canada, which Homicide Squad Officer in Charge Detective Inspector Tim Day observed first-hand during his 2018 Churchill Fellowship. 

Courage through Change: Best and brightest gather to 'future proof' Australia

A select group of the nation’s leading Churchill Fellows have been invited to pool their creative minds, share their expertise and help lead Australia towards a fair, just and inclusive society and guide the nation’s COVID recovery.

International Women's Day

To celebrate International Women's Day we spoke to four Churchill Fellows who work to help forge positive change for women.

CFAQ AGM 26 March 2021

The CFAQ AGM will be held at 6pm Friday 26 March 2021 at the Grange Bowls and Community Club, Grange QLD.

2021 Australia Day Honours

Four Churchill Fellows were recognised on the 2021 Australia Day Honours list!

The story behind our Medallions

Fellow Wojciech Pietranik is a Polish artist and sculptor known for his masterful production of coins, medals and medallions.

Inspiring people, inspiring conservation…and snot otters

Congratulations to SA 2018 Churchill Fellow Nick Whiterod, who delivered a rich and entertaining presentation on his Fellowship, as one might expect given its intriguing title, at the Payneham Library in Adelaide on Saturday 14 November.

World Toilet Day with CF Katherine Webber

To celebrate World Toilet Day we speak with toilet advocate and Churchill Fellow Katherine Webber.

2020 Churchill Fellowship Award Recipients Announced

One hundred and twelve positive and determined Australians are now the proud recipients of the prestigious Churchill Fellowship. This award offers them a life-changing opportunity to meet and work with leaders of influence around the world to gain and exchange knowledge as well as experience for the betterment of themselves, their industry, their community, and Australia.

Mental health conversations with CF Greg Dean

Churchill Fellow and Station Commander Greg Dean about how emergency services all over the world are in this fight for good mental health

Global Leadership Practices Program

We are excited to announce that we are offering four Churchill Fellows the opportunity to virtually visit Singapore, the United States of America, New Zealand, India and the United Kingdom as participants in the prestigious 2020 Global Leadership Practices Program. Apply now...

International Dog Day with CF Julie Morrison

This week we celebrated International Dog Day, and to celebrate we spoke with Churchill Fellow Julie Morrison about her work with our furry friends.

Podcast: Helping your kids stay mentally healthy

2019 Churchill Fellowship recipient Dr Billy Garvey speaks to Jo Stanley about keeping kids mentally healthy in this new Mum + One podcast.

Announcing New Patron of the Winston Churchill Trust

To coincide with National Reconciliation Week, we are very pleased to announce that Professor Tom Calma AO, Chancellor of the University of Canberra, has accepted the position of Patron of the Winston Churchill Trust. 

2020 Policy Impact Program Fellows

The Winston Churchill Trust and the Centre for Policy Futures at the University of Queensland are very pleased to announce the inaugural Policy Impact Program Fellows for 2020.

Arising From Disruption

In a creative response to the changes that the coronavirus has thrust upon us, Queensland Fellow, Jane Milburn, has pivoted her plans to undertake a Virtual Churchill and is now using technology to meet people online and share their stories of adaptation, resourcefulness and self-sufficiency.

Tips for completing your application on time

Despite the many challenges and limitations the COVID-19 pandemic is placing upon all of us, we are pleased to advise that the application process for the 2020 Churchill Fellowships remains unchanged. 

Congratulations to the Jack Brockhoff Foundation for 40 Years

Congratulations to the Jack Brockhoff Foundation on 40 years of Contributions to the Community.

Vale Churchill Fellow Dr Brian Wilson

The Trust is deeply saddened by the death of 1966 Churchill Fellow Dr Brian Wilson.  Brian’s first involvement with the Trust came when he and his son knocked on doors on Churchill Appeal Sunday, 28 February 1965, for the fundraising campaign to establish the Churchill Trust.

Vale Emeritus Professor Ray Martin 1926-2020

Raymond Martin (Ray) was well respected for his friendly, engaging personality but also his strong determination to maintain excellence and objectivity. Churchill Trust National President Elizabeth Alexander, speaking at a Board dinner, said ‘Professor Martin gave over 23 years of dedicated and passionate service to the Churchill Trust in a number of appointments, including that of National Chairman and President. … We will miss his wise contribution to the affairs of the Trust.’

RACA hosts a "Tour of England’s Great Coachbuilding Workshops"

Congratulations to recently returned NSW Fellow and coachbuilder Robert Siemsen for his enterprising spirit and initiative in sharing his Fellowship findings in presentation and exhibition at the Royal Automobile Club of Australia (RACA) in February. The Trust also extends their gratitude to the RACA for their generous support in hosting and supporting Robert.

Supercharged Fellowship opportunity for aspiring agricultural leaders

The National Farmers' Federation (NFF) and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (The Trust) have joined forces to provide an exciting opportunity for two aspiring agricultural leaders.

Vale Churchill Fellow Milton (Mick) March 1929-2020

The Trust is saddened by the news of the death of Dr Milton (Mick) March, 1969 Churchill Fellow who devoted many years to serving the Trust and the educational community of the ACT.

Travel overseas to drive change in the Australian automotive sector

“My Churchill Fellowship gave me unmeasurable inspiration to what is possible when working with motor cars. To restore or manufacture car bodies is an incredibly tough industry and one that requires more than just hard work. To see the results achieved by tradesman who are passionate and loyal to superior craftmanship is something that I will always hold dear,” says Robert Siemsen, 2018 Churchill Fellow.

Applications now open for award allowing everyday Australians to learn globally and inspire locally

Australians from all walks of life are being encouraged to apply for an award, which offers a life-changing opportunity to travel overseas and investigate a topic or issue they are passionate about.

Exploring ways to reduce implicit bias errors in police decision making

Police officer and 2018 Churchill Fellow Courtney Brown, recently returned from the United States, Canada, England and New Zealand, where she researched ways of reducing implicit bias errors in police decision making, particularly during time-sensitive incidents.

Gaining new perspectives on the India GLP Program

In 2019, two Churchill Fellows were given an opportunity to participate in the Global Leadership Practices (GLP) Program, a leadership development program made possible by our partnership with Yellow Edge.

2020 Australia Day Honours

We would like to congratulate the 6 Churchill Fellows recognised on the 2020 Australia Day Honours list!

WCMT Recognition Award

The Board of the Trust has created a new annual award to recognise outstanding contributions of Churchill Fellows to their CFAs and to the Trust. The inaugural Recognition Award was recently presented to six Churchill Fellows who were nominated by their state or territory's Churchill Fellows Association.

Churchill Fellows Findings in 2019

In 2019 we received 107 Churchill Fellowship reports exploring a wide range of issues, from increasing accesibility to public toilets to designing child-friendly high density neighbourhoods. Below is a complete list of Fellowship reports published on our website this year, grouped by different subject areas.

Hort Innovation Churchill Fellow Belinda Hazell shares her Fellowship experience

Hort Innovation Churchill Fellow Belinda Hazell shares her Fellowship experience

Strengthen your influence through the Policy Impact Program

We are partnering with University of Queensland to increase the impact of Churchill Fellows and their findings through a new Policy Impact Program (PIP). Apply now

Improving the uptake of home-based dialysis therapies in Australia

We caught up with 2012 Churchill Fellow Josephine Chow to find out about her Fellowship investigation into improving the uptake of home-based dialysis therapies and the impact her research has had in Australia.

Celebrating Collaboration and Achievement in the SA Food Industry

We are very pleased to announce that Paul Triglau has been awarded the 2019 Dr Susan V Nelle Churchill Fellowship to travel to Italy to refine his skills in artisan baking/patisserie. On his return, Paul plans to establish an Italian bakery course at TAFE SA to share his knowledge and enrich South Australia's food industry.

Sensory Places in Well Designed Spaces

Four Fellows presented to senior decision makers at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services on the topic of ’Sensory Places in Well Designed Spaces’.

Equipping teenagers with lifelong financial skills

Financial coach and Educator Phil McGilvray and 2018 Park Family Churchill Fellow, recently returned from USA, Canada and UK, where he examined innovative methods of equipping teenagers with essential financials skills for life.

Artisan cheese making and education in Australia

We caught up with 2015 Churchill Fellow Gina Dal Santo to find out about her Fellowship investigation and how she is making an impact at the TAFE SA Artisan Cheese Making Academy.

A global analysis of cannabis cultivation

Thomas Forrest, Director of Indicated Technology Pty Ltd and 2018 Churchill Fellow, recently returned from Canada, Israel, The Netherlands, Spain, Slovenia and Italy where he investigated cannabis agronomic practices in order to provide this information to our emerging medicinal cannabis industry.

NT Police officer named as ANZSOG Indigenous Churchill Fellowship recipient

ANZSOG’s inaugural Indigenous Churchill Fellowship recipient has been announced as Alphonsus Shields, an Alice Springs-based Senior Constable and General Duties Policeman in the Northern Territory Police.

Announcing the 2019 Churchill Fellowship Award Recipients

115 visionary Australians will travel to countries around the world in 2020 as Churchill Fellowship recipients.

Churchill Fellowship for Tumut playwright

TUMUT playwright Michael McSweeney's head is still spinning after he was awarded a Blakeney Millar Foundation Churchill Fellowship.

Churchill Fellow investigates low-cost innovative water treatment solutions for regional and remote Australia

Water Treatment Engineer Eric Vanweydeveld travelled to Oman, the UAE and Israel.

Churchill Fellow explores accessibility to public toilets and inclusion

Churchill Fellow Katherine Webber travelled to the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, The Netherlands and Germany, where she researched taboos, design, policy and legal barriers regarding access and inclusion to public toilets.

Two not-for-profit leaders chosen for Community Sector Banking’s sponsored Churchill Fellowships

Cara Peek of Western Australia and Jan Maggacis of Queensland have received the CSB sponsored Fellowships

Leading the way in Legionella detection and control

Kelvin Slade, a Churchill Fellow, owner of Slade Bros Plumbing in Brisbane has developed the first Legionella Awareness course, delivering a train the trainer model throughout Australia.

Resources to support the psychological wellbeing of young adult cancer patients now a priority in Australia

Tessa Neilson recently returned from her Fellowship to investigate resources that exist to support the psychological wellbeing of young adult cancer patients

Pioneering Flood-Resilient Housing in Australia

We caught up with 2012 Churchill Fellow James Davidson to find out about his Fellowship investigation into designing flood-resilient housing and the impact his research has had on building design for parts of Australia affected by floods.

Vale Chief Commissioner Sinclair Imrie “Mick” Miller 1926-2019

Mick was the first police officer to receive a Churchill Fellowship in 1967

William (Robert) Beggs AM 1934-2019

The Trust is saddened to hear of the passing of Mr Robert Beggs, who devoted many years to serving the Trust and the agricultural community of Victoria.

Creating close partnerships with and jobs for traditional owners in fire and land management

Scott Falconer's Fellowship aimed to see how other jurisdictions were working with Traditional Owners to return Cultural Burning to Country in the United States and Canada

Exploring safer pathways for refugees and asylum seekers

What if instead of just deterring people from coming the “wrong way”, we invested in alternative pathways for refugees to get to Australia safely?

Making the most of citizen-science to conserve our avian biodiversity

Churchill Fellow William Feeney's Fellowship set out to build a citizen-science program for understanding and conserving Queensland's unique avian biodiversity.

Newly Commissioned Artwork "Journey's Connections"

We are very pleased to announce and showcase a new digital artwork by 2018 Churchill Fellow and Aboriginal artist Susan Betts. Commissioned by the Churchill Trust, Susan's work titled ‘Journey’s Connections’ is a contemporary design with an accompanying story.

2019 Global Leadership Practices Program Announcement

We are pleased to announce that Stephen Geason (2015) and Sam Bayley (2013) are the two Fellows selected to take part in the 2019 GLP Program.

Is there more Australia could be doing to reduce food waste?

Churchill Fellow Sarah May's Fellowship set out to research international models for reducing food waste.

Voice - Treaty - Truth... Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2019

Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2019

Instrumental moves to conserve Australia's historic keyboards

Churchill Fellow Paul Tunzi's Fellowship set out to investigate advanced conservation techniques and the maintenance of historical keyboard instruments.

Churchill Fellows recognised in Queen's Birthday Awards 2019

We would like to congratulate the 9 Churchill Fellows recognised on the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours list!

One Churchill Fellow's Reconciliation celebration

In honour of National Reconciliation week

Walking Together Towards National Reconciliation

With National Reconciliation Week approaching (May 27 – June 3), and this year's theme of 'Grounded in Truth - Walk Together with Courage', we would like to share some of the steps we have taken at the Churchill Trust over the past year towards an equitable and unified future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider Australian community.


A lifetime member of the Trust since 1994 and its Patron since 2001, Sir Rupert contributed his energy and talents to its various aspects during his Directorship of the New South Wales Regional Committee from 1975 to 1984 and as Deputy National Chair from 1985 to 1992, as a Life Member of the Trust since 1994 and its Patron since 2000.

Tips to complete your application on time

With the closing date to apply for a 2019 Churchill Fellowship fast approaching, we would like to provide you with some advice to make your journey to the finish of the application phase as easy and comfortable as possible!

Leilani Bin-Juda reflects on her Churchill journey

In support of two new Sponsored Churchill Fellowships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in 2019 (ANZSOG and CSB) and on being awarded a 2019 Australia Day Public Service Medal, Leilani Bin-Juda reflects on her Churchill Fellowship journey, one that began twenty years ago.

A whole is greater than the sum of its parts

A group of Churchill Fellows who are actively involved in the field of social work recently established the Churchill Fellows in Social Work community of practice.

2019 National Convention of Churchill Fellows | Tasmania

Forty-seven Tasmanian Fellows participated over the three days (5 - 7 April 2019) giving presentations, taking tours and assisting with the organisation of the Convention.

Jo Cruickshank shares her Fellowship experience

Jo Cruickshank shares her Fellowship experience in support of the NEW Auto Skills Australia Churchill Fellowships

The Colonial Fantasy: Why white Australia can’t solve black problems

New book released on 1 April by Churchill Fellow Sarah Maddison argues that white Australia can’t solve black problems because white Australia is the problem!

Finding the Art in Automotive

The Churchill Trust is please to share a new video Fellowship Report from Churchill Fellow Kip McIntyre, produced in collaboration with 2009 Churchill Fellow Matthew Blyth and Alaneo Goor of Millstream Productions. Kip received the 2016 James Love Churchill Fellowship to research and master the rare craft of traditional restoration in coach-building and panel beating, travelling to the USA, the UK, Italy and Germany.

Prestigious award to offer knowledge boost for the Not-for-Profit Sector

Leaders in the not-for-profit sector are being encouraged to apply for the new Community Sector Banking Churchill Fellowships that will see them travel the world to observe leading practice and develop new networks. The opportunity to then apply the learnings in a local context could reap big rewards for the sector here in Australia.

New Fellowships Launched at the ANZSOG Conference

A significant cohort of Churchill Fellows recently attended the Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) Indigenous Affairs Conference Reimagining Public Administration: First Peoples, governance and new paradigms in Melbourne on 20-21 February, where the new ANZSOG Churchill Fellowships were also officially launched.

Churchill Fellows Findings in 2019 | First Quarter

Find out what knowledge Fellows have brought back to Australia in the first quarter of 2019 - a full list of Fellowship reports submitted.

ANZSOG announces sponsorship of Churchill Fellowships for Indigenous public servants

ANZSOG is sponsoring two new Churchill Fellowships in 2019 to build Indigenous leadership in the Australian and NZ public services

New Fellowship award to drive change in the Australian automotive sector

New Auto Skills Churchill Fellowships will be awarded in 2019 for projects that support the future success of the Australian automotive sector

New Fellowship available for award in honour of Dr Susan V Nelle

The Dr Susan Nelle Churchill Fellowship offers South Australian's a special opportunity to travel the world to advance the food and beverage industry in Australia.

2019 Australia Day Honours

We would like to congratulate the 17 Churchill Fellows recognised on the 2019 Australia Day Honours list!

Cultivating Innovation in Australian Horticulture

Our partnership with Hort Innovation continues in 2019 with three Fellowships available for award.

2018 Global Leadership Practices Program

In 2018, three Churchill Fellows participated in the Global Leadership Practices Program which took them to India and China. Fiona, Tony and Emma share their experience.

Because of her we can! Celebrating NAIDOC Week

As pillars of our society, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play - active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels.
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