Churchill Fellowship Application

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Applying for a Fellowship

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.

To succeeed, 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, and that needs to be researched overseas.

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 18 September 2018. Later applications will not be considered.

How to apply

The deadline for applying is 5pm on Tuesday 18 September 2018. Later applications will not be considered.

We recommend submitting well before the deadline, so that we can assist you with any technical difficulties that arise, and so that you are sure your application will arrive before deadline.

Applications should be made using this easy-to-follow online form.*
  • Before completing the form, you should read the FAQs on our website, where you will also find an overview of the whole selection process and timetable.
  • While completing the form, we suggest that you regularly save your answers. If you need to save the form half-way through and return to it later, simply tick the box at the top of any page (‘Save my progress and resume later’) then follow the instructions.
  • Each answer is limited to a maximum number of characters, which is indicated as you type. This number includes spaces, punctuation and returns. If you exceed the limit, your answer text will be cut off and your form may not submit correctly, in which case your application will not proceed. 
  • A red asterisk indicates a question that must be answered and is not optional.
  • On the final page, you will be able to review and print all your answers before submitting. After that point, you will not be able to print, retrieve or change your answers.
If you require assistance with completing this form, please call us on 020 7799 1660 or email us

* If you have a good reason for not applying online and need a paper copy to be posted to you, please email us on or phone 020 7799 1660, explaining why and requesting a paper form.

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 this section of our website.

Eligibility declaration

I confirm that:
  • I am a UK citizen.
  • I am currently resident in the UK.
  • By 31st December of this year I will be at least 18 years old.
  • I have not been awarded a WCMT Fellowship before.
I declare that the information that I will provide in this application is to the best of my knowledge true and accurate. I am also aware that any false information may lead to the dismissal of my application.

Please confirm that you agree with the declaration above by selecting an option*

Personal details

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

Please use an email address that is unlikely to change in the next 12 months


Your Fellowship project

This is your opportunity to outline the project that you wish to research abroad during your Fellowship. Please take time to consider your answers and look at the reports and experiences of other Churchill Fellows. (Bear in mind that we may not be specialists in your particular field. So the first time you use an acronym, please write the name in full; and if using any technical terms, please explain them.)
Project title *
Please give your project a simple and clear title of less than 10 words. This will be used as the title of your Fellowship, and is how people will find your project on our website, so do make it relevant and accessible.
Award categories *
You need to apply in one of our award categories. If several seem suitable, choose the most relevant one. (If we feel your project fits better in another category, we will change it and let you know. That may affect your interview dates, but it will not affect your chances of success.). Please choose the Open category for projects that do not fit any other category.

Places you plan to visit *
Please select below the countries you wish to visit during your project. The number of countries should allow you sufficient time in each to complete your research. We prefer you to visit no more than two continents. (If you need to visit more, please explain in the question further down.)

First select a continent and then select the country. You can select more than one by clicking on 'Add Another Continent / Country'.
Continents / Countries

Duration of travel *
Please type in this box the total number of weeks that you will spend abroad to research your project. You can travel for a minimum of 4 weeks and a maximum of 8 weeks.

What is the context of your project? *
Please describe the problem your project will address, why you personally want to do this, and why it requires researching overseas.

What are the aims of your project? *
Please describe what you intend to achieve as a result of your project, and what additional knowledge or understanding it will contribute to existing practices or policies.

How will you carry out your project? *

Please describe in outline how you propose to achieve your aims. It is important to include why your destination countries offer essential insights (ideas, solutions, models). If you wish to visit more than two continents, please explain why.

How will you share your findings back in the UK? *
Please tell us your thoughts and plans for sharing or implementing your findings, and what would be the next steps for your project when you return. This might include attending conferences, starting a pilot project, influencing policy-makers or your workplace. We are interested in how you see the Fellowship informing your future work.

What will be the benefits of your project? *
Please describe the benefits or impacts of your project, for yourself and for others in your community or sector. What change would you hope to make as a result of your Fellowship?

Employment and qualifications

If not relevant, please write "n/a"

If not relevant, please write "n/a"

If not relevant, please write "n/a"

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Other personal information

Equality and Diversity Monitoring

We promote diversity and inclusion in line with the aims and commitments set out in our Equality Policy. This includes not discriminating under the Equality Act 2010, and building an accurate picture of the make-up of our applicants, to ensure we are reaching all applicants across all protected characteristics.  

Completing this page is voluntary and has no bearing on the success of 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 1998. Those assessing your application will not receive this section of your application form. 

Additional questions

The following questions will not be included as part of your application and have no bearing on its success. They will be used solely for the purpose of fairness monitoring. You do not have to complete this section if you do not wish to.                                                                          

Submitting your application

You have nearly completed your application form. The next step is to press the 'Submit' 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, you should click back to the page you want to change.)
  • Print out your application so that you have a copy for reference. (This is not possible at a later stage.)
  • Finally send us your application by pressing the 'Submit' button on that page. (The button on this page is not the final 'Submit' button.)
  • After that, you cannot change your application.
You will then receive an automatic email confirming your submission within a few minutes. If you don't, please check your junk mailbox, and then contact us to check that your submission has arrived.

  • You can only submit 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 18 September 2018. Later applications will not be considered.