Selection Process

See below the Churchill Fellowship selection process.


Applications are assessed by experts from a range of disciplines who sit on advisory panels and selection committees in each state and territory.

Following assessment of all online applications and supporting references, short-listed applicants are invited to attend an interview.

Recommended applicants from each state and territory are then considered by the Board of The Churchill Trust to determine the successful applicants.

Step 1: Assessment

After applications close, all applicants are sent an official acknowledgement of receipt via email.

Every application is initially assessed by the appropriate Panel or Committee. Panel and Committee members are free to make any enquiries and consult with whoever they consider necessary in making their assessments.

Every application for a Churchill Fellowship will be assessed on the merit of the proposed project. In this assessment the Trust considers two distinct components of equal value:

The Project – which may include the following:

  1. the need for this project in Australia at either a State, Territory or national level
  2. the benefits of the project to Australia at either a State, Territory or national level
  3. the itinerary and places selected
  4. the necessity to travel overseas
  5. the achievability of the project.

The Applicant – which may include the following:

  1. ability to maximise the opportunity of a Fellowship (current standing and experience in the field, skills and/or expertise)
  2. ability and commitment to make a difference after the trip (ongoing involvement in the field, leadership qualities, a strategic approach, networks)
  3. ability and commitment to widely disseminate findings.

For more information about what is required to be a successful applicant please read our becoming a Fellow resources.

Applicants that have not been selected for an interview will be notified. If your Fellowship application was unsuccessful, we encourage you to read through the following advice.

Step 2: Interview(s)

Based on the initial assessment, applicants are short-listed for interview.

The Regional Secretary of each State and Territory will contact short-listed applicants for an interview to arrange suitable interview times. Interviews will be scheduled for anytime between June and July – the exact timing, duration, and the number of interviews vary in each State and Territory. Some States and Territories may require applicants to attend two interviews.

Interviews are typically held in person in the capital city of the state or territory in which you live. If attending an interview in person presents difficulties, please contact your Regional Secretary to discuss your situation as support or reasonable adjustment can be provided.

After interviews are completed, applicants interviewed will be advised if their application is progressing to final selection.

Applicants that have not been nominated will be notified. If your Application was unsuccessful, we encourage you to read through the following advice.

Step 3: Final selection

In September, the final selection is determined by the Board of the Churchill Trust.

All applicants are notified of the outcome. Successful applicants are announced publicly in late September. Successful applicants should be prepared for potential media coverage and be available for interviews to capitalise on the announcement of their Fellowship. More details and supporting information regarding media liaison will be provided to all successful applicants.

Unsuccessful applicants

Selection for the Churchill Fellowship award is a competitive process with a strong field of applicants. We have many Fellows who were not successful until their second or third application. We encourage unsuccessful applicants to read through the following advice to refine their projects and apply again in the next application round.

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