About us

About us

Introduction

The Churchill Fellowship is a national network of 3,800 dynamic individuals who are inspiring change in every part of UK life.

They may be a nurse promoting mental health in the NHS, a scientist monitoring pollution in the oceans, or a community leader training young entrepreneurs, but they are all united by a common mission: to develop new solutions for today’s key challenges, based on learning from the world.

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“I like things to happen, and if they don’t happen I like to make them happen.” – Sir Winston Churchill

Fellows are funded to discover the latest innovations and best practice in their chosen topic, anywhere in the world. They meet leading practitioners, observe cutting-edge projects and formulate a report on their findings and recommendations. Then they are supported to make an impact in the UK through sharing their global insights and putting their ideas into practice.

The topics they explore cover every aspect of society and are often informed by their own lived experience. We can respond to each Fellow’s vision for change, because we are led by their experience and insight and we support each Fellow individually.

Our grants cover every area of society. We award Fellowships through a comprehensive set of universal themes, which cover every issue facing society, and a constantly evolving series of annual themes, which usually last for three years and which focus on emerging trends and issues.

The Fellowship is open to all UK adult citizens, regardless of their qualifications, background or age. We award on future potential not past record, and prioritise people who would not receive funding from other sources. Many Fellows say that their Fellowship was life-changing, for those they seek to support and also in their own lives and careers.

This approach has created a community of highly effective changemakers working on the frontlines of today’s key issues, dedicated and practical individuals with a strong vision of the change they want to see and the drive to make it happen. As a result, Fellows' impact is felt throughout the UK.

Every year we select up to 150 new Fellows, and since our foundation in 1965 we have appointed a total of 5,800. Many go on to become leaders in their fields.

Our small staff team support the Fellows in their mission, from the global research to the UK impact – with a tailored programme of funding, knowledge sharing and outreach nationwide. They are assisted by our Advisory Council of distinguished specialists in their fields, who help us to identify new trends, select new Fellows and promote Fellows’ recommendations and activities.

We are structured as a small charity which is funded from public donations and grants, and guided by our Board of Trustees, who are leaders in many sectors of society. Both the Board and the Council include Fellows among their members.

The charity was set up in 1965 as the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, in memory of Sir Winston Churchill. This was funded by public donations and a small government grant. In 2021 we adopted the operating name of the Churchill Fellowship.

David Stanley (CF 2019) (left) explored accessible music education for the learning disabledDownload image
“I like things to happen, and if they don’t happen I like to make them happen.” – Sir Winston Churchill

Fellows are funded to discover the latest innovations and best practice in their chosen topic, anywhere in the world. They meet leading practitioners, observe cutting-edge projects and formulate a report on their findings and recommendations. Then they are supported to make an impact in the UK through sharing their global insights and putting their ideas into practice.

The topics they explore cover every aspect of society and are often informed by their own lived experience. We can respond to each Fellow’s vision for change, because we are led by their experience and insight and we support each Fellow individually.

Our grants cover every area of society. We award Fellowships through a comprehensive set of universal themes, which cover every issue facing society, and a constantly evolving series of annual themes, which usually last for three years and which focus on emerging trends and issues.

The Fellowship is open to all UK adult citizens, regardless of their qualifications, background or age. We award on future potential not past record, and prioritise people who would not receive funding from other sources. Many Fellows say that their Fellowship was life-changing, for those they seek to support and also in their own lives and careers.

This approach has created a community of highly effective changemakers working on the frontlines of today’s key issues, dedicated and practical individuals with a strong vision of the change they want to see and the drive to make it happen. As a result, Fellows' impact is felt throughout the UK.

Every year we select up to 150 new Fellows, and since our foundation in 1965 we have appointed a total of 5,800. Many go on to become leaders in their fields.

Our small staff team support the Fellows in their mission, from the global research to the UK impact – with a tailored programme of funding, knowledge sharing and outreach nationwide. They are assisted by our Advisory Council of distinguished specialists in their fields, who help us to identify new trends, select new Fellows and promote Fellows’ recommendations and activities.

We are structured as a small charity which is funded from public donations and grants, and guided by our Board of Trustees, who are leaders in many sectors of society. Both the Board and the Council include Fellows among their members.

The charity was set up in 1965 as the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, in memory of Sir Winston Churchill. This was funded by public donations and a small government grant. In 2021 we adopted the operating name of the Churchill Fellowship.