Selection process

The following information guides you through the steps of the selection process for the Churchill Fellowship award.

Assessors

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 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to determine the successful applicants.

Step one: 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 inquiries 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 matters such as 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 matters such as 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  the information on becoming a Fellow. 

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

Step two: interview(s)

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

The Regional Secretary of each State and Territory is responsible for contacting those applicants short-listed for an interview to arrange suitable interview times. For short-listed applicants, the exact timing, duration, and the number of interviews vary in each State and Territory.

Interviews will be scheduled for anytime between June and July. Some States and Territories may require applicants to attend two interviews. All interviews must be attended in person by the applicant and anyone unable to attend an interview will be advised to apply again the following year.

After the interviews are completed, applicants are scored and ranked in order of preference by the Committee to determine the list of final nominations for Fellowships that is then forwarded to the National Office. Upon finalisation of these nominations, all applicants interviewed will be advised if their application is progressing to final selection.

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

Step three: final round

In September, The Trust’s Board of Directors meet in Canberra to consider the nominations put forward by each State and Territory. The number of Fellowships on offer varies slightly from year to year but on average approximately 100 Fellowships are awarded nationally each year.

The final selection of Churchill Fellows and the procedures undertaken to determine successful applicants are made at the discretion of the Churchill Trust’s Board of Directors.

At the conclusion of the Board Meeting all applicants are notified by National Office of the outcome. Recipients will then have their details made available to stakeholders including sponsors and our Churchill Fellows Association committees as the Trust deems necessary.

Successful applicants are announced publicly in late September. Successful applicants should be prepared for ensuing 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.