Application for a 2023 Churchill Fellowship

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Thank you for your interest in applying for a Churchill Fellowship.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, professions, ages and levels of experience. Everyone can apply. The only requirement is that you are a UK resident citizen, aged 18 or over, and in possession of your UK passport.

To succeed, you do not need to have particular qualifications or be a leader in your field. You just need to be passionate about a new idea that can make a difference to your community or your professional sector in the UK. In addition, your project must require information and insights that can only be learned from other countries. 

This global learning can be conducted by travelling overseas, or online from the UK, or as a hybrid of both methods. Throughout this form, the term ‘research’ covers all of these methods.  We are conscious of the climate crisis.  We therefore encourage you to consider carefully whether there are ways of delivering any elements of your project online.  

If you are successful in reaching the next stage of the application process (the shortlist), we will ask which method you wish to use – entirely travel, entirely online, or a hybrid of both. Your choice will not affect your chances of success.

You can make only one application for one project per year. If unsuccessful, you can apply again in a following year.

The deadline for applying is 5pm on Tuesday 22 November 2022. Later applications will not be considered.


Before applying, you will need to complete this brief eligibility questionnaire to ensure that your project can be considered. If you are not eligible, you will be unable to continue with your application. If you are eligible, you will be taken to page 4.

Please note that there are projects we deem to be outside of the purpose of the Fellowship and therefore do not fund.

These include:
  • An idea that will only benefit the applicant, not the wider UK society.
  • An application from more than one person or from a team (expedition leaders can apply, on their own behalf, in the Open theme).
  • A project that already has, or hopes to have, a large number of funders.
  • Academic studies, dissertations for undergraduate degrees, degree placements, medical electives, student grants, internships, or courses of any kind.
  • Post-graduate studies, unless they can show wider, practical benefits to others in the UK. 
  • Gap year activities.
  • Art projects that will result only in an exhibition and have no public benefit beyond raising the profile and expertise of the applicant.
  • Artist's residencies.
  • Research for fiction, unless it clearly has a wider public benefit.
  • Volunteering.

Thank you for completing the eligibility questionnaire.

Unfortunately your answers indicate that you are not eligible for a Churchill Fellowship and cannot proceed with this application.

For more information on our eligibility criteria, please see our website for 'Who and what we fund'.

Technical issues

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How to apply

The deadline for us to receive your application is 5pm on Tuesday 22 November 2022. Applications received after this time will not be considered. 

To avoid any technical difficulties arising that may prevent you from submitting in time, we recommend applying well before the deadline.


Applications should be made using this easy-to-follow form.

  • Before starting your application, you should read the FAQs on our website, where you will also find an overview of the whole selection process and timetable. 
  • When completing the form, we suggest that you regularly save your answers. 
  • Each answer is limited to a maximum number of characters. This number includes spaces, punctuation and returns. If you exceed the limit, we will only consider the section of your response that is within the character limit.  
  • A red asterisk indicates a question that must be answered and is not optional.

If you require assistance with completing this form, please call us on 020 7799 1660 or email us on

How we use your information

We take great care to ensure that all data is handled in accordance with GDPR. We do not pass on or sell lists of postal or email addresses to any third-party organisation. We may contact you by post, email, or phone, in connection with your application. If you would like to know more about how we use your data, please refer to our website

Personal details

Please make sure you use your legal name on the application (as it appears on your passport).

Your Fellowship project

This is your opportunity to outline the project that you wish to develop through your Fellowship. Please take time to consider your answers and look at the reports and experiences of other Churchill Fellows. When answering these questions, to help ensure our panels clearly understand your application, please write any acronyms in full when introducing them and explain any technical terms.

You need to apply in one of our annual themes.  If several seem suitable, choose the most relevant one. You can choose the Open theme for projects that do not seem to fit in any other theme (but please bear in mind that competition for Open places is greater).

If we feel your project fits better in another theme, we will change it and let you know. This may affect your interview dates.

Countries where you will conduct research (either online or in person)
Please list all the countries in which your research will be conducted. This includes countries you will travel to and those you will reach out to online. If travelling, please be realistic about the number of countries that can be meaningfully visited in the time available and note that we prefer you to visit no more than two continents.

First select a continent and then select the country. You can select more than one by clicking on 'Add another continent / country'.

Only enter a full number between 4 to 8.

Employment (if applicable)

You only need to complete this page if you are employed.  If not, please skip to the next page. Your employment status has no bearing on the success of your application.


Please provide details of two referees. Your referees should be based in the UK and should have known you well for the last two years and have knowledge of your profession, interests or work in the community. Referees cannot be members of your family or simply social acquaintances.

We will only contact your referees, if you are successful in being shortlisted, in February 2023.

First referee

Second referee

Equity, diversity and inclusion monitoring

We promote equity, diversity and inclusion in line with the aims and commitments set out in our Equity, diversity and inclusion policy. This includes acting in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and building an accurate picture of the make-up of our applicants, to ensure we are reaching applicants across all protected characteristics.  

Completing this page is voluntary and has no bearing on the success of your application.  The information will be solely used for fairness monitoring.  If you wish to, you can skip this page and submit your application. 


If you choose to complete it, the information you provide will remain confidential and will be stored securely in line with the Data Protection Act 2018. Those assessing your application will not receive this section of your application form. 

Submitting your application

You have nearly completed your application form.

The next step is to press the 'Review' button below, which takes you to the final page. On that page you can:

  • Review your entire application and make sure you are happy with it. If you want to change anything, click on the 'Make a correction' link and go to the page you want to change.
  • Save your application as a PDF so that you have a copy for reference. This is not possible at a later stage.
  • Pressing the 'Confirm' button at the bottom of the page will complete your application, after which you will be unable to change your application.

You will then receive an automatic email confirming your submission within a few minutes. If you do not, please check your junk or spam mailbox, and if there is still no confirmation email, contact us to check that your submission has arrived by phoning 020 7799 1660 or emailing

  • You can only submit one application for one project per year. If unsuccessful, you can apply again in a following year.
  • The deadline for us to receive your application is 5pm on Tuesday 22 November 2022. Later applications will not be considered.

For an overview of the selection process and timeline, please see our website: