FAQs for applicants

FAQs for applicants

Missing Wolf (CF 2017) explored how sounds can be used to understand the natural worldDownload image
“The Churchill Fellowship is the best career development programme I have entered to date. It built my experience and knowledge – and most importantly it gave me confidence that my success is possible.” –Caroline Hussey-Bain, Fellow

We recommend that before you fill in the Application Form, you read the FAQs below.

The Fellowship

What is a Churchill Fellowship?
A Churchill Fellowship is a once in a lifetime opportunity to create change in your community or professional sector, by discovering new approaches and best practice in other countries and using those insights to create change across the UK. We fund you to spend up to two months learning from the world, either by travelling overseas or online from the UK, and then we help you to turn your ideas into action in the UK.

As a Fellow, you are a part of our community of changemakers, which numbers 3,800 inspiring individuals in every area of UK life. Fellows communicate via our dedicated online networks and often collaborate on shared interests. They keep in touch with us and we continue to promote their work for many years. Fellows also serve on our Advisory Council, Board of Trustees and selection panels.

What is the international aspect of a Fellowship?

Churchill Fellowships are based on learning from the world, discovering new ideas and best practice from leading practitioners worldwide. Findings from this global research are used by Fellows to develop new solutions for today’s key challenges. We fund fellows to spend up to two months on this research phase which can be done by travelling overseas or digitally from the UK. Then we help them to share their recommendations and turn their ideas into action across the UK.

What is expected of me when I have finished my research?

A crucial part of the Fellowship starts after your research has concluded, when it is expected that you will actively use your findings to spread knowledge and make change happen in your sector or community in the UK. Guidelines and assistance for this are provided by our team at seminars, webinars, in the Fellows' Resources section of our website and in person.

Within three months of the end of your research phase, it is a requirement that you send us your Fellow's Report, which will be published on our website.

We cannot fund Fellows to travel to countries or parts of countries where the Foreign Office has advised against all travel or advised against all but essential travel.

What assistance do you offer once I am a Fellow?

A Fellowship is a lifelong status and you will be a part of our community of changemakers for as long as you like. From the moment you are awarded, we will offer general guidance and personal advice as you require. There are seminars for new Fellows before your research starts, and grants available after your research to help with your UK activities. We will publish your Report on our website and promote your ideas and activities to your community of interest. We provide online networks for you to meet other Fellows, and can offer individual advice on your plans on request.

How are Fellowships awarded?
Fellowships are open to all UK citizens, regardless of qualifications, background or age. They are given to individuals not organisations, and are awarded once a year through an open application process.

How do we choose between the different methods of conducting Fellowship research?

If successful in the initial application round, applicants will be asked to fill out a shortlist form. On the shortlist form, applicants will be able to state whether they would like to conduct their Fellowship entirely digitally, entirely via travel or via a hybrid of the two.

How many Fellowships are awarded each year?
Up to 150.

How many applications do you receive each year?
This varies from year to year, averaging around 1,200.

Do you award any other types of grant for Fellows?
Churchill Fellowships are the main activity that we fund. We provide some further grants for existing Fellows after their research.

Eligibility

Am I eligible to apply?
Fellowships are open to all UK citizens, regardless of qualifications, background or age. Fellows come from all parts of UK society. We do not require qualifications, but you should be passionate about what you do and keen to share your passion to inspire others. Find out more about who and what we fund.

To apply, you must satisfy all of these criteria:

  • A UK Citizen in possession of a UK passport at the time when you apply.
  • Resident in the UK.
  • Aged 18 or over when you submit your application form (or turn 18 by the end of that year).

Is there an upper age limit?
There is no upper age limit. We want to ensure that anyone with a worthwhile project has the chance to become a Churchill Fellow and we encourage applications from people of all ages.

What kind of projects do you fund?
We fund a wide range of projects which are proposed by applicants themselves. We invite applications across ten or more award themes, which are updated each year according to the challenges currently facing the UK. We also have an Open theme for projects that do not fit into any other theme. If you’re passionate about what you do and are keen to share your passion to inspire others, then we’d like to hear from you. Find out more about who and what we fund.

Two important criteria for Churchill Fellowships are: (a) they must require research into information that can only be found in other countries, whether this is found by travelling there or by digital research from the UK; and (b) they must provide a public benefit in the UK, whether to a particular community or sector or to the UK as a whole. We do not fund projects which only benefit the individual and show no potential for wider benefit.

Should my project relate to my current area of work, or can it be something I am interested in outside of my professional life?
It is not essential that projects relate to an applicant’s current area of employment. Many Churchill Fellows have successfully completed projects related to areas of interest outside of their professional life. However, applicants do need to demonstrate that they are well placed to share and implement the findings from their Fellowship, and so they should be active in some capacity in the area to which their project relates, for example through volunteering.

The grant

If I am awarded a Fellowship, how much will my grant be?
Each individual grant is calculated individually, based on the project proposal, destinations to be visited or UK facilities required, and the duration of the research phase. Our aim is that all research-related costs will be covered.

What will my grant cover?
The grant covers your research-related expenses:

  • Travel research option: economy class return travel to your destination countries, internal travel in your destination countries, food and accommodation for the duration of your travels.
  • Digital research option: self-contained accommodation and living expenses for the duration of your research.

Some costs for interpreters, visas, vaccinations, personal assistants/carers and conference attendances may also be covered, on a case-by-case basis.

I want to travel to a country where I do not speak the native language. Will you pay for an interpreter?
We want Churchill Fellows to be able to explore new ideas and fresh perspectives wherever they can be found, and so funding for interpreters is available. Please indicate on your application form if you will require an interpreter.

I have a disability and require a carer or personal assistant. Would the grant cover their expenses?
We assess each application on a case-by-case basis, but normally we do cover expenses for a carer or personal assistant. We are committed to ensuring that a disability is not a barrier to undertaking a Churchill Fellowship.

How do you support Fellows to travel safely?
We do not fund Fellows to travel to countries or parts of countries where the Foreign Office has advised against all travel or advised against all but essential travel. Applications for travel to these destinations will not be successful.

When planning their travel, Fellows are supported by us to create a safe and viable itinerary. In some cases, we may ask Fellows to complete a Safety Plan, which is designed to help mitigate any potential problems they may experience.

Whilst travelling, Fellows are covered by our comprehensive travel insurance policy, which includes immediate 24/7 assistance in the case of emergencies. Fellows also receive access to a travel assistance app that provides travel and safety information on over 200 countries and a global incident monitoring and notification service. Our team is contactable via an out of hours emergency contact email and we have detailed contingency plans in place should a serious issue arise.

We make every effort to support Fellows and ensure their safety, but Fellows do travel at their own risk. The Terms & Conditions under which Fellows travel can be read here.

The application process

How do I apply?
We have made the process as simple as we can. You complete our online Application Form during the period when we are open for applications each year. If you are shortlisted, you will be asked to complete a more detailed Shortlist Form and invited for an interview.

When do you open for applications?
In 2022 we open on 13 September, for projects to start in August 2023. Our award themes are announced at the same time. Read more about our timeline here.

When do you close for applications?
In 2022 the closing date for applications is 22 November at 5pm. Late applications will not be considered. Read more about our timeline here.

When are applicants informed whether or not they have been shortlisted for interview?
Please see our timeline.

If my application is unsuccessful, will I receive feedback?
Yes, you will be informed of the main reasons why your application was not successful.

May I re-apply another year if my application is unsuccessful?
Yes, you may re-apply as many times as you like. Many Churchill Fellows were unsuccessful with their first application. However, when re-applying you should give careful consideration to your feedback, and to who and what we fund.

How many applications may I submit?
You may submit only one application per year.

If I am already a Churchill Fellow, may I apply again?
No. A Churchill Fellowship is truly the opportunity of a lifetime, and therefore we want to ensure that as many people as possible have the chance to experience it.

May I make a joint application?
No. Fellowships are awarded to individuals.

Queries from the Application Form

Can I apply on a paper copy instead of online?
We strongly encourage applicants to use the online Application Form. If you are unable to do this, please call 020 7799 1660 or email office@thechurchillfellowship.org to request a paper copy of the form. Please note that applications made by post must be received by the general deadline, and we cannot be responsible for late delivery of postal applications.

I'm not sure which Fellowship theme to apply for?
An explanation of our current themes can be found here. If in doubt, please note:

  • If your project deals with areas covered by more than one theme, please choose the theme that is your project's main focus.
  • If your project deals with an area not covered by any of the listed themes, please apply in the Open theme.
  • If you’re still not sure which theme to apply for, don’t worry: if the panel believes that your application is better suited to a different theme, your application will be transferred to it and you will be notified. (This will not affect your chances of success, but it may change your interview date.)

How long can I stay overseas?
Grants normally cover a stay overseas of four to eight weeks. We want Fellowships to allow adequate time for observation and reflection, so we ask that they are a minimum of four weeks.

How many countries can I visit?
There is no limit to the number of countries you can visit. Most Fellows visit more than one country, which we encourage, but we prefer continents to be limited to a maximum of two. If you do wish to visit more than two continents, we will ask you to clearly explain how this will benefit your project, and why the additional costs involved are justified. We reserve the right to limit the duration and scope of your proposed travel.

Can I travel to a country that the Foreign Office advises against visiting?
We do not fund Fellows to travel to countries or parts of countries where the Foreign Office has advised against all travel or advised against all but essential travel. If you are intending to visit a country that contains areas where the FCO advises against travel, but are travelling to an area that is deemed safe, we will request you to monitor the FCO advice closely as this may change. You can find the up-to-date Foreign Office travel advice here.

How is the Churchill Fellowship responding to the climate emergency?

We recognise the substantial impact that travel can have on our environment and we are committed to supporting Fellows to minimise their carbon footprint. Throughout our Fellowship programme, we encourage Fellows to carry out research online where possible. When travel is considered essential to achieve your aims, we will encourage you to travel in the most environmentally friendly way possible. We will provide you with advice on reducing your carbon footprint, for example by using low carbon accommodation and more environmentally friendly modes of travel.

We have also launched two themes on environmental issues; Caring for the natural environment and Climate change, and accept environmental aspects to projects across all of our themes.

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

Do I need to submit a budget for my project?
Yes, but only once you have been shortlisted, and this will be requested at that time.

Should I contact people and organisations I intend to visit before I submit my application?
We encourage applicants to start planning their projects as soon as possible. However, we recognise that approaching people and organisations may not always be appropriate before you have been awarded a Fellowship: so at the initial application stage, a rough outline of who you plan to approach will suffice.

Should I inform my employer of the application?
We encourage you to check whether your employer has specific internal procedures for applying for grants or sabbaticals and discuss your application with your line manager prior to attending your interview.

Can I get help with applying if I need particular assistance?
If you have a particular need for our assistance and require any additional support to make your application, we are happy to try to help where possible. However, this is discretionary and we will need advance notice in sufficient time to cater for your needs. In all circumstances, our submission deadline cannot be extended, so it is best to request any assistance in good time.

Will I be asked for references?
Yes, you will be asked to provide the details of two referees. But we will only contact your referees if you reach the shortlist stage (see timeline). Your referees will have approximately two weeks to complete an online reference form for us. 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. (If your project will bring you into contact with children and/or adults at risk, your referees will be asked to comment on your relevant experience.)

Completing the online Application Form

How long should my answers be?
For several of the questions in the application form there are strict character limits, which can be found within the form. Please bear these in mind before planning your answers. Please also note that the character limit includes spaces and punctuation.

I’ve started an online application but not submitted it yet. How can I resume my application?
Yes. Go to the Application form on our website and click on the Apply button. You will then be asked for your log-in details. Once you have entered these, you should be directed back to the application you have already started.

If you are not able to access your application after following the instructions above, please call 020 7799 1660 or email office@churchillfellowship.org.

I’ve forgotten my password. What should I do?
Do not start a new application. Please call 020 7799 1660 or email office@churchillfellowship.org and we will help you to access your application.

I have submitted my application but I want to make a change to it. Can I?
No. Once you have submitted your application, you will not be able to make changes to it. We therefore strongly advise you to take the opportunity to review your application before submitting it.

I’ve missed the deadline due to an IT problem. Can I still submit my application?
We cannot accept any applications submitted after the deadline. We therefore strongly recommend submitting well before the deadline, so that we can assist you with any technical difficulties you may encounter.

I haven’t received a confirmation email. What should I do?
Check your junk mail, as some applicants have told us that their confirmation email has arrived there. If you still can’t find your confirmation email, please call 020 7799 1660.

Shortlisted applicants

When do interviews take place for shortlisted candidates?

In April or May, depending on your theme. Shortlisted applicants must attend an interview on the specific day allocated to the relevant theme. Interviews last 20 minutes and we encourage candidates to attend interviews in person at our offices in London if this is possible. If candidates are not able to attend in person we ask them to contact us regarding a virtual alternative. Candidates who are unable to attend in person will not be disadvantaged.

If I am shortlisted and can't make the date of my interview, may I come on a different day?
No. Each category has its own panel, which is also responsible for creating the shortlist. Applicants must be interviewed by their specialist panel and therefore the allocated day of their interview cannot be changed.

How do I calculate the budget for my project?
When calculating the budget in your shortlist form, please research a rough estimate of the daily living costs in each country. If you are awarded, we will review your budget and may amend it in line with our criteria.

When will I hear whether or not I have been awarded a Churchill Fellowship?
Please see our timeline here.

Successful applicants

If I am successful, when can I start my research?
You can start from the 1 August of the year of your award, until the following 31 July. So if you made an application in September 2022, you could travel from 1 August 2023 until July 2024.

Can I split the research into two phases?
We encourage single phase Fellowships as they allow Fellows to maintain momentum and interest. However, we recognise that Fellows’ personal and work circumstances sometimes mean this is not possible, and we are therefore happy to fund Fellowships consisting of two phases, provided that this does not include a return to the same country.

Do I have to arrange my own travel insurance?
No, we will insure you.

Some Fellows choose to use some of their time overseas as holiday in addition to their Fellowship. We will insure Fellows for a maximum of two weeks in the countries visited as part of their travels, in addition to the period covered by their Fellowship.

Can I bring people with me on my travels?
We are happy for Fellows to travel with other people, but our grants only cover the travel and living expenses of Fellows themselves.

The only exception is for carers and personal assistants of Fellows with a disability. We assess each application on a case-by-case basis, but normally we do cover the expenses for a carer or personal assistant.

Missing Wolf (CF 2017) explored how sounds can be used to understand the natural worldDownload image
“The Churchill Fellowship is the best career development programme I have entered to date. It built my experience and knowledge – and most importantly it gave me confidence that my success is possible.” –Caroline Hussey-Bain, Fellow

We recommend that before you fill in the Application Form, you read the FAQs below.

The Fellowship

What is a Churchill Fellowship?
A Churchill Fellowship is a once in a lifetime opportunity to create change in your community or professional sector, by discovering new approaches and best practice in other countries and using those insights to create change across the UK. We fund you to spend up to two months learning from the world, either by travelling overseas or online from the UK, and then we help you to turn your ideas into action in the UK.

As a Fellow, you are a part of our community of changemakers, which numbers 3,800 inspiring individuals in every area of UK life. Fellows communicate via our dedicated online networks and often collaborate on shared interests. They keep in touch with us and we continue to promote their work for many years. Fellows also serve on our Advisory Council, Board of Trustees and selection panels.

What is the international aspect of a Fellowship?

Churchill Fellowships are based on learning from the world, discovering new ideas and best practice from leading practitioners worldwide. Findings from this global research are used by Fellows to develop new solutions for today’s key challenges. We fund fellows to spend up to two months on this research phase which can be done by travelling overseas or digitally from the UK. Then we help them to share their recommendations and turn their ideas into action across the UK.

What is expected of me when I have finished my research?

A crucial part of the Fellowship starts after your research has concluded, when it is expected that you will actively use your findings to spread knowledge and make change happen in your sector or community in the UK. Guidelines and assistance for this are provided by our team at seminars, webinars, in the Fellows' Resources section of our website and in person.

Within three months of the end of your research phase, it is a requirement that you send us your Fellow's Report, which will be published on our website.

We cannot fund Fellows to travel to countries or parts of countries where the Foreign Office has advised against all travel or advised against all but essential travel.

What assistance do you offer once I am a Fellow?

A Fellowship is a lifelong status and you will be a part of our community of changemakers for as long as you like. From the moment you are awarded, we will offer general guidance and personal advice as you require. There are seminars for new Fellows before your research starts, and grants available after your research to help with your UK activities. We will publish your Report on our website and promote your ideas and activities to your community of interest. We provide online networks for you to meet other Fellows, and can offer individual advice on your plans on request.

How are Fellowships awarded?
Fellowships are open to all UK citizens, regardless of qualifications, background or age. They are given to individuals not organisations, and are awarded once a year through an open application process.

How do we choose between the different methods of conducting Fellowship research?

If successful in the initial application round, applicants will be asked to fill out a shortlist form. On the shortlist form, applicants will be able to state whether they would like to conduct their Fellowship entirely digitally, entirely via travel or via a hybrid of the two.

How many Fellowships are awarded each year?
Up to 150.

How many applications do you receive each year?
This varies from year to year, averaging around 1,200.

Do you award any other types of grant for Fellows?
Churchill Fellowships are the main activity that we fund. We provide some further grants for existing Fellows after their research.

Eligibility

Am I eligible to apply?
Fellowships are open to all UK citizens, regardless of qualifications, background or age. Fellows come from all parts of UK society. We do not require qualifications, but you should be passionate about what you do and keen to share your passion to inspire others. Find out more about who and what we fund.

To apply, you must satisfy all of these criteria:

  • A UK Citizen in possession of a UK passport at the time when you apply.
  • Resident in the UK.
  • Aged 18 or over when you submit your application form (or turn 18 by the end of that year).

Is there an upper age limit?
There is no upper age limit. We want to ensure that anyone with a worthwhile project has the chance to become a Churchill Fellow and we encourage applications from people of all ages.

What kind of projects do you fund?
We fund a wide range of projects which are proposed by applicants themselves. We invite applications across ten or more award themes, which are updated each year according to the challenges currently facing the UK. We also have an Open theme for projects that do not fit into any other theme. If you’re passionate about what you do and are keen to share your passion to inspire others, then we’d like to hear from you. Find out more about who and what we fund.

Two important criteria for Churchill Fellowships are: (a) they must require research into information that can only be found in other countries, whether this is found by travelling there or by digital research from the UK; and (b) they must provide a public benefit in the UK, whether to a particular community or sector or to the UK as a whole. We do not fund projects which only benefit the individual and show no potential for wider benefit.

Should my project relate to my current area of work, or can it be something I am interested in outside of my professional life?
It is not essential that projects relate to an applicant’s current area of employment. Many Churchill Fellows have successfully completed projects related to areas of interest outside of their professional life. However, applicants do need to demonstrate that they are well placed to share and implement the findings from their Fellowship, and so they should be active in some capacity in the area to which their project relates, for example through volunteering.

The grant

If I am awarded a Fellowship, how much will my grant be?
Each individual grant is calculated individually, based on the project proposal, destinations to be visited or UK facilities required, and the duration of the research phase. Our aim is that all research-related costs will be covered.

What will my grant cover?
The grant covers your research-related expenses:

  • Travel research option: economy class return travel to your destination countries, internal travel in your destination countries, food and accommodation for the duration of your travels.
  • Digital research option: self-contained accommodation and living expenses for the duration of your research.

Some costs for interpreters, visas, vaccinations, personal assistants/carers and conference attendances may also be covered, on a case-by-case basis.

I want to travel to a country where I do not speak the native language. Will you pay for an interpreter?
We want Churchill Fellows to be able to explore new ideas and fresh perspectives wherever they can be found, and so funding for interpreters is available. Please indicate on your application form if you will require an interpreter.

I have a disability and require a carer or personal assistant. Would the grant cover their expenses?
We assess each application on a case-by-case basis, but normally we do cover expenses for a carer or personal assistant. We are committed to ensuring that a disability is not a barrier to undertaking a Churchill Fellowship.

How do you support Fellows to travel safely?
We do not fund Fellows to travel to countries or parts of countries where the Foreign Office has advised against all travel or advised against all but essential travel. Applications for travel to these destinations will not be successful.

When planning their travel, Fellows are supported by us to create a safe and viable itinerary. In some cases, we may ask Fellows to complete a Safety Plan, which is designed to help mitigate any potential problems they may experience.

Whilst travelling, Fellows are covered by our comprehensive travel insurance policy, which includes immediate 24/7 assistance in the case of emergencies. Fellows also receive access to a travel assistance app that provides travel and safety information on over 200 countries and a global incident monitoring and notification service. Our team is contactable via an out of hours emergency contact email and we have detailed contingency plans in place should a serious issue arise.

We make every effort to support Fellows and ensure their safety, but Fellows do travel at their own risk. The Terms & Conditions under which Fellows travel can be read here.

The application process

How do I apply?
We have made the process as simple as we can. You complete our online Application Form during the period when we are open for applications each year. If you are shortlisted, you will be asked to complete a more detailed Shortlist Form and invited for an interview.

When do you open for applications?
In 2022 we open on 13 September, for projects to start in August 2023. Our award themes are announced at the same time. Read more about our timeline here.

When do you close for applications?
In 2022 the closing date for applications is 22 November at 5pm. Late applications will not be considered. Read more about our timeline here.

When are applicants informed whether or not they have been shortlisted for interview?
Please see our timeline.

If my application is unsuccessful, will I receive feedback?
Yes, you will be informed of the main reasons why your application was not successful.

May I re-apply another year if my application is unsuccessful?
Yes, you may re-apply as many times as you like. Many Churchill Fellows were unsuccessful with their first application. However, when re-applying you should give careful consideration to your feedback, and to who and what we fund.

How many applications may I submit?
You may submit only one application per year.

If I am already a Churchill Fellow, may I apply again?
No. A Churchill Fellowship is truly the opportunity of a lifetime, and therefore we want to ensure that as many people as possible have the chance to experience it.

May I make a joint application?
No. Fellowships are awarded to individuals.

Queries from the Application Form

Can I apply on a paper copy instead of online?
We strongly encourage applicants to use the online Application Form. If you are unable to do this, please call 020 7799 1660 or email office@thechurchillfellowship.org to request a paper copy of the form. Please note that applications made by post must be received by the general deadline, and we cannot be responsible for late delivery of postal applications.

I'm not sure which Fellowship theme to apply for?
An explanation of our current themes can be found here. If in doubt, please note:

  • If your project deals with areas covered by more than one theme, please choose the theme that is your project's main focus.
  • If your project deals with an area not covered by any of the listed themes, please apply in the Open theme.
  • If you’re still not sure which theme to apply for, don’t worry: if the panel believes that your application is better suited to a different theme, your application will be transferred to it and you will be notified. (This will not affect your chances of success, but it may change your interview date.)

How long can I stay overseas?
Grants normally cover a stay overseas of four to eight weeks. We want Fellowships to allow adequate time for observation and reflection, so we ask that they are a minimum of four weeks.

How many countries can I visit?
There is no limit to the number of countries you can visit. Most Fellows visit more than one country, which we encourage, but we prefer continents to be limited to a maximum of two. If you do wish to visit more than two continents, we will ask you to clearly explain how this will benefit your project, and why the additional costs involved are justified. We reserve the right to limit the duration and scope of your proposed travel.

Can I travel to a country that the Foreign Office advises against visiting?
We do not fund Fellows to travel to countries or parts of countries where the Foreign Office has advised against all travel or advised against all but essential travel. If you are intending to visit a country that contains areas where the FCO advises against travel, but are travelling to an area that is deemed safe, we will request you to monitor the FCO advice closely as this may change. You can find the up-to-date Foreign Office travel advice here.

How is the Churchill Fellowship responding to the climate emergency?

We recognise the substantial impact that travel can have on our environment and we are committed to supporting Fellows to minimise their carbon footprint. Throughout our Fellowship programme, we encourage Fellows to carry out research online where possible. When travel is considered essential to achieve your aims, we will encourage you to travel in the most environmentally friendly way possible. We will provide you with advice on reducing your carbon footprint, for example by using low carbon accommodation and more environmentally friendly modes of travel.

We have also launched two themes on environmental issues; Caring for the natural environment and Climate change, and accept environmental aspects to projects across all of our themes.

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

Do I need to submit a budget for my project?
Yes, but only once you have been shortlisted, and this will be requested at that time.

Should I contact people and organisations I intend to visit before I submit my application?
We encourage applicants to start planning their projects as soon as possible. However, we recognise that approaching people and organisations may not always be appropriate before you have been awarded a Fellowship: so at the initial application stage, a rough outline of who you plan to approach will suffice.

Should I inform my employer of the application?
We encourage you to check whether your employer has specific internal procedures for applying for grants or sabbaticals and discuss your application with your line manager prior to attending your interview.

Can I get help with applying if I need particular assistance?
If you have a particular need for our assistance and require any additional support to make your application, we are happy to try to help where possible. However, this is discretionary and we will need advance notice in sufficient time to cater for your needs. In all circumstances, our submission deadline cannot be extended, so it is best to request any assistance in good time.

Will I be asked for references?
Yes, you will be asked to provide the details of two referees. But we will only contact your referees if you reach the shortlist stage (see timeline). Your referees will have approximately two weeks to complete an online reference form for us. 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. (If your project will bring you into contact with children and/or adults at risk, your referees will be asked to comment on your relevant experience.)

Completing the online Application Form

How long should my answers be?
For several of the questions in the application form there are strict character limits, which can be found within the form. Please bear these in mind before planning your answers. Please also note that the character limit includes spaces and punctuation.

I’ve started an online application but not submitted it yet. How can I resume my application?
Yes. Go to the Application form on our website and click on the Apply button. You will then be asked for your log-in details. Once you have entered these, you should be directed back to the application you have already started.

If you are not able to access your application after following the instructions above, please call 020 7799 1660 or email office@churchillfellowship.org.

I’ve forgotten my password. What should I do?
Do not start a new application. Please call 020 7799 1660 or email office@churchillfellowship.org and we will help you to access your application.

I have submitted my application but I want to make a change to it. Can I?
No. Once you have submitted your application, you will not be able to make changes to it. We therefore strongly advise you to take the opportunity to review your application before submitting it.

I’ve missed the deadline due to an IT problem. Can I still submit my application?
We cannot accept any applications submitted after the deadline. We therefore strongly recommend submitting well before the deadline, so that we can assist you with any technical difficulties you may encounter.

I haven’t received a confirmation email. What should I do?
Check your junk mail, as some applicants have told us that their confirmation email has arrived there. If you still can’t find your confirmation email, please call 020 7799 1660.

Shortlisted applicants

When do interviews take place for shortlisted candidates?

In April or May, depending on your theme. Shortlisted applicants must attend an interview on the specific day allocated to the relevant theme. Interviews last 20 minutes and we encourage candidates to attend interviews in person at our offices in London if this is possible. If candidates are not able to attend in person we ask them to contact us regarding a virtual alternative. Candidates who are unable to attend in person will not be disadvantaged.

If I am shortlisted and can't make the date of my interview, may I come on a different day?
No. Each category has its own panel, which is also responsible for creating the shortlist. Applicants must be interviewed by their specialist panel and therefore the allocated day of their interview cannot be changed.

How do I calculate the budget for my project?
When calculating the budget in your shortlist form, please research a rough estimate of the daily living costs in each country. If you are awarded, we will review your budget and may amend it in line with our criteria.

When will I hear whether or not I have been awarded a Churchill Fellowship?
Please see our timeline here.

Successful applicants

If I am successful, when can I start my research?
You can start from the 1 August of the year of your award, until the following 31 July. So if you made an application in September 2022, you could travel from 1 August 2023 until July 2024.

Can I split the research into two phases?
We encourage single phase Fellowships as they allow Fellows to maintain momentum and interest. However, we recognise that Fellows’ personal and work circumstances sometimes mean this is not possible, and we are therefore happy to fund Fellowships consisting of two phases, provided that this does not include a return to the same country.

Do I have to arrange my own travel insurance?
No, we will insure you.

Some Fellows choose to use some of their time overseas as holiday in addition to their Fellowship. We will insure Fellows for a maximum of two weeks in the countries visited as part of their travels, in addition to the period covered by their Fellowship.

Can I bring people with me on my travels?
We are happy for Fellows to travel with other people, but our grants only cover the travel and living expenses of Fellows themselves.

The only exception is for carers and personal assistants of Fellows with a disability. We assess each application on a case-by-case basis, but normally we do cover the expenses for a carer or personal assistant.