The Churchill Trust welcomes sponsorships and bequests from individuals and organisations of goodwill who wish to support passionate Australians striving for excellence, and have their name and reputation associated with Sir Winston Churchill and the work of The Trust.

Sponsor a Churchill Fellowship

The Trust continues to find organisations and people who wish to enable passionate Australians striving for excellence to access international expertise and observe inspiring practice in any field of endeavour.  Sponsored Fellowships can have any purpose or topic for study or investigation, with the description of the Fellowship purpose determined by the sponsor in consultation with the Churchill Trust. Alternatively, the topic of the Fellowship can be left open and be awarded by the Trust after successful applications are assessed by the Board.

Benefits of Sponsorship

Sponsoring a Churchill Fellowship gives you access to a nationally and internationally recognised, prestigious scheme with a high-quality applicant field and strong alumni network. This can generate very positive publicity for the organisation or individual sponsor, positioning them within the Australian community as very practical and altruistic supporters of innovation in Australia.

As a sponsor, you have the opportunity to guide the topics and issues being researched by Churchill Fellows and have free and ongoing access to the findings and the chance to build lasting relationships and networks to advance the issues that are most important to you.

Perhaps one of the biggest benefits a sponsor has is the ability to inspire Australians to strive for excellence for the benefit of the community.

  • You can set the research topic of a Churchill Fellowship to maximise the alignment with issues that are most important to you or your organisation

  • Be visibly part of a prestigious award that is enabling Australians from all walks of life to achieve their best for the benefit of the Australian community

  • A Churchill Fellowship ‘opens doors’ to opportunities otherwise not necessarily accessible – you can capitalise on this

  • The Churchill Trust does all the administration, leaving you to focus on promoting the opportunity

  • The full cost of sponsoring a Fellowship is tax deductible

  • Engage with the Churchill Fellow before and after they undertake their overseas travel to maximise your investment and relationship

  • If appropriate, you may select a specific state or a demographic (eg. age, gender, etc) for the recipient of the Fellowship

  • A Churchill Fellowship may include your organisation’s name or be named to honour the memory of someone important to you or your organisation

Sponsor Highlight

Paul Triglau was awarded the Dr Susan V Nelle Churchill Fellowship in 2019 to travel to Italy to refine his skills in artisan baking/patisserie. This collaboratively sponsored Fellowship was established to honour the legacy of Susan Nelle, who was known for her exceptional ability to engage with, inspire, and bring together individuals, organisations and industries for the benefit of the food industry and higher education in South Australia.

Leave a Bequest

Leave an ongoing legacy with a bequest, to support inspired and dedicated Australians making a positive impact in their community, across the many aspects of their journey, whether on their Fellowship travels, or in sharing their findings with the community.

We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about your legacy wishes. You may also choose to use the following simple form of bequest, which may be adapted for use by persons intending to benefit the Trust either through a donation or through their Wills:

“I GIVE the sum of (insert the actual amount in words and figures) of my Estate to The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (ACN 008 445 707) of 30 Balmain Crescent, Acton, ACT 2601, to be applied for the purposes of the Trust free of all duty and I DIRECT that the receipt of the Chief Executive Officer or Senior Executive Officer of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust be accepted as a sufficient discharge to my Executors.”


“I GIVE (the whole or the residue or percentage) of my Estate to The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (ACN 008 445 707) of 30 Balmain Crescent, Acton, ACT 2601, to be applied for the purposes of the Trust free of all duty and I DIRECT that the receipt of the Chief Executive Officer or Senior Executive Officer of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust be accepted as a sufficient discharge to my Executors.”

Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria (Churchill Fellow)

Sponsorship Costs

The cost of a sponsored Churchill Fellowship is based on the average value of a Fellowship in recent application rounds.

Some sponsors continue their sponsorship for many years at the average annual rate, and others elect to have a Fellowship named in perpetuity at a one-off cost. Under other agreed arrangements sponsors can choose to fund a Fellowship biennially or every four years. The frequency of award can be determined by the sponsor.

The Trust does not charge an administration fee for the management of the Fellowship, with 100% of sponsor funds going towards the Fellowship. All administrative costs are provided for by the investment returns of the Trust.

The Trust is recognised as a not-for-profit organisation by the Australian Taxation Office and has Deductible Gift Recipient status, meaning that sponsorship costs, bequests and donations may be fully tax deductible.

Our Fellows

The Churchill Trust’s success is directly attributable to the achievements of our Fellows – now numbering over 4,500 of Australia’s best and brightest. Their projects are extremely diverse, invariably innovative and are the result of extra endeavour in the search for excellence. These are the hallmarks of a Churchill Fellow.

It is important to realise that the Churchill Fellows themselves are ordinary Australians – with extraordinary abilities and aspirations. A glance through our comprehensive database of Fellows will quickly confirm this, as will the topics of their Fellowships.

Churchill Fellows are invariably talented, extremely passionate and have the determination to share the results of their Fellowship with the community upon their return to Australia.

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more, or take advantage of the unique opportunity to sponsor a Fellowship or make a bequest to the Trust, please contact Kirsty Guster (Sponsorships and Partnerships) on 02 6247 8333 or email kirsty.guster@churchilltrust.com.au.