Palliative care Fellowships opening September 2022

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Global approaches to improving palliative and end-of-life care will be explored in a programme of Fellowships which will open for applications on 13 September.

Run by the Churchill Fellowship in partnership with the Burdett Trust for Nursing and Marie Curie, these Fellowships will fund individuals to discover new ideas and best practice from leading practitioners, anywhere in the world, in order to develop innovative solutions for the UK .

This dedicated Fellowship theme on Palliative and end-of-life care will focus on projects that seek to improve palliative and end-of-life care, particularly for less common life-limiting conditions.

Applications are especially encouraged 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.

Also encouraged are projects that relate to relevant developments in medicine and other practice areas; that address relevant legal and ethical issues; or that consider the integration of this field into other areas of care.

This Fellowship theme is in its second year of a three-year partnership with the Burdett Trust and Marie Curie.

Once selected, Fellows join a cohort of others working to address similar issues. Eleven Fellows were selected in this area in 2020, with projects ranging from employing digital health methods to improve hospice care to supporting end-of-life family carers. The full list of Fellows can be viewed here.

Churchill Fellowships are open to all adult UK citizens regardless of qualifications, background or age, and the international research can be undertaken online or through travel, where necessary.  

Existing Fellows are already working in this field, using the ideas and knowledge acquired on their Fellowships to set up new organisations, influence policy, create new models of practice and deliver a range of other interventions. Some examples of their stories can be found here.

Julia Weston, Chief Executive of the Churchill Fellowship, said, “We are delighted to be partnering with the Burdett Trust and Marie Curie for a second year of Churchill Fellowships which seek new ideas and solutions from around the world to improve palliative care.

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 any UK citizen with a vision for change in this area. ”

Shirley Baines, Chief Executive of the Burdett Trust for Nursing, said, “We are pleased to be supporting Churchill Fellows to investigate new approaches to palliative and end of life care through our partnership with the Churchill Fellowship. We look forward to seeing the results of their research and the benefit this will offer patients and their carers here in the UK.”

Dr Sabine Best, Associate Director of Research at Marie Curie, said, “We are delighted to be supporting the Churchill Fellowships for a second year.

As the largest charitable funder of palliative and end of life care research in the UK, we are passionate about supporting opportunities for those with a keen interest in this area to acquire new knowledge and develop new ideas to ensure people have the best end of life experience possible.

We look forward to welcoming a new cohort of Fellows and seeing the improvements they make to end of life care in the UK.”

This Fellowship programme is one of 12 Fellowship themes launching in September, which can be viewed here. Once selected, Fellows join a community of changemakers from all areas of society who are passionate about making a difference in their communities and sectors across the UK.

Applications for Churchill Fellowships will be open from 13 September – 22 November for projects to start in 2023. For details and alerts, visit


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About the Churchill Fellowship

The Churchill Fellowship is a national network of 3,800 dynamic individuals who are inspiring change in every area of UK life. They come from all parts of society and are united by a common mission: to develop new solutions for today’s key challenges, based on learning from the world.

Each year, over 100 Churchill Fellows are funded to discover new ideas and best practice overseas in any practical issue they care passionately about , anywhere in the world . They meet leading practitioners, engage with cutting-edge projects and create a report on their findings. We then help them to share their insights with communities and sectors across the UK and turn their ideas into action. The international research can be undertaken through travel or online and we encourage Fellows to carefully consider their carbon footprint.

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

The Fellowship was set up in 1965 as the living legacy of Sir Winston Churchill for the nation. The Churchill Fellowship is the operating name of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, registered charity number 313952.

About the Burdett Trust for Nursing

The Burdett Trust makes grants in support of nurse-led projects, using its funds to empower nurses and make significant improvements to the patient care environment.

About Marie Curie

Marie Curie is the UK’s leading end of life charity. The charity provides essential nursing and hospice care for people with any terminal illness, a free support line and a wealth of information and support on all aspects of dying, death and bereavement. It is the largest charity funder of palliative and end of life care research in the UK. Marie Curie is committed to sharing its expertise to improve quality of care and ensuring that everyone has a good end of life experience. Marie Curie is calling for recognition and sustainable funding of end of life care and bereavement support.

Dying in Poverty campaign
Marie Curie is calling on the UK Government to grant working age people early access to their State Pension if they have a terminal illness, because nobody should die in poverty. The charity is also calling for greater support with energy costs to be made available to all terminally ill people, regardless of their age, and for more support with the costs of childcare for terminally ill parents with young children. If you believe that nobody should die in poverty sign Marie Curie’s petition calling for government action
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