Applications for Churchill Fellowships open in September 2023

Categories: Education and Research.

“We are delighted to announce that on Tuesday 12 September we will be opening once again for applications for Churchill Fellowships.  A Churchill Fellowship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover new ideas and best practice from around the world in order to make change happen in the UK in an issue you care about. Read on to find out more.”

Photograph of Callum Lynch

Callum Lynch (CF 2018) was inspired by his experience in care as a teenager to learn from Sweden and the USA about ways to give young people in care a voice.

In September, we will be inviting applications for Fellowships to be undertaken between August 2024 – July 2025.

“What is the use of living, if it not be to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?” – Sir Winston Churchill

A Fellowship funds you to spend between 4-8 weeks learning from leading practitioners, innovators and experts overseas on a subject of your choice and then to use that learning to develop solutions for the UK. It can be carried out in person or online. We then help you to share and implement your learning with your sector or community here.

“Churchill Fellowships are open to all UK adult citizens regardless of their age, qualifications or background.”

This year we will be inviting applications for projects within the following programmes:

We are interested in projects that relate to the work in this area of health professionals and related sectors, such as social workers, counsellors, community carers and volunteers, as well as communities. We also welcome applications that relate to relevant developments in medicine and other practice areas, address relevant legal and ethical issues, or consider the integration of this field into other areas of care.

Fellows in this programme form part of a dedicated community specialising in this area, with tailored opportunities for support and networking in this field.

This programme is offered in partnership with Marie Curie and the Burdett Trust for Nursing.

Fellows awarded in previous years have carried out projects in this area. See some examples of their impact stories here.

We recognise our responsibility to the environment through our Fellowship programme and our operations. Our progress on this is explained here.

There will be an open option for applicants whose projects fall outside of this range. More details will be shared on this in due course.

Anna de la Vega (right) is tackling food insecurity through organic food production and worm composting practices

Anna de la Vega (CF 2016, right) brought learning back from the USA and Cuba on worm farming to help withy waste management. 


“We are delighted to be reopening for applications for Churchill Fellowships,” said Chief Executive Julia Weston. “Every year we are inspired by the passion and determination of Churchill Fellows to make a difference, supported by the knowledge and ideas acquired through their Fellowship research. We look forward to welcoming applications in September from UK citizens with a vision for change in their community or profession.”

“The Fellowship experience is life-changing for many. In our 2022 survey, 100% of Fellows said they would recommend applying for a Fellowship.”

Churchill Fellowships are open to all UK adult citizens regardless of their age, qualifications or background. They are awarded on potential and we prioritise those who would not receive funding from other sources. We encourage applications from people who are disabled, who are neurodiverse, who have mental health problems, or who are from under-served communities, and we will do our best to provide any additional support you may need.

The Fellowship experience is life-changing for many. In our annual survey of Fellows’ impact, the majority report significant growth in their knowledge, networks, confidence and standing – and projects that may have started with local aspirations have often grown to national scale. In our 2022 survey, 100% of Fellows said they would recommend applying for a Fellowship.

Applications will open on Tuesday 12 September 2023 and close on Tuesday 14 November at 5pm.

More information can be found in the Become a Fellow section and via the downloadable applications pack below. If you would like to receive further information when it becomes available, please sign up for our ‘application alerts’ using the form at the bottom of this page, and we will keep you updated.

Download our applications pack



Cover Photo: Erica McInnis (CF2016) visited the USA to explore ways to tailor mental health support for the Black British Community.

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