Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

Have you ever wanted to explore new ideas in a subject close to your heart?

Discover how things are done in other countries and bring that knowledge back home?

Applications are now open for Churchill Fellowships, a life-changing opportunity to research new ideas and best practice overseas.

Churchill Fellows are funded to research new ideas overseas for 4-8 weeks, in topics and countries of their own choice, with the intent of gaining fresh perspectives and insights that can make a difference to their community or profession back home.

Everyone can apply, regardless of age, background or qualifications, so long as they are a UK citizen aged 18 or over.

The deadline for applications is 18 September 2018, for travel in 2019.

The Prince's Countryside Fund is delighted to be working in partnership with the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to be offering free travel grants to those who want to research and make change in rural communities. Read our announcement here.

A new category of Churchill Fellowships will be devoted to ‘Rural living: strengthening countryside communities’.

These Fellowships are travel grants that fund individuals to research innovative ideas and best practice overseas, then bring their global insights back to the UK and make change happen in their professions and communities. 

Rural living: strengthening countryside communities

These awards have been launched in response to the growing pressures on rural communities, in a period of change that includes the challenges brought by Brexit.

We are seeking applications that explore multidisciplinary approaches in rural communities, for example to invigorate transport networks, reimagine housing, employment and enterprise, or improve access to education, culture and healthcare.

Find out more and apply here

Fellows' impact in this area

Ann PascoeIn 2012 Ann Pascoe travelled to India to learn from initiatives enabling lay people to detect early symptoms of dementia and carer stress. On her return to the UK, Ann established a social enterprise to raise the profile of dementia in rural communities. She was also invited to join the Prime Minister's rural dementia communities task group.


Rachel RemnantNature conservation worker Rachel Remnant travelled to Romania in 2016 to investigate traditional meadow conservation skills. Since returning to the UK, she has shared the skills she has learnt with fellow farmers and land managers, and has organised hands-on events for people in her local community, such as wildflower hunts and hay gathering.


Charity Chief Executive Jude McCann travelled to Canada, Australia and New Zealand in 2013 to research support for people at risk of suicide in rural areas. Upon returning to the UK, Jude developed a programme of financial mentoring for farmers, which aims to address financial issues, as well as the stress that often accompanies them.



Main picture: Andy Beanland, who travelled to Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands for his Churchill Fellowship in 2013 to investigate the potential of cycle tourism to deliver sustainable economic benefit to rural economies.