Travel and online options for your research

Travel and online options for your research

Introduction

Churchill Fellowships begin with a period of international research, when you meet and learn from leading professionals in your chosen topic around the world. There are three options for undertaking this research phase: by travelling to your chosen countries, by reaching out online from the UK, or by a hybrid mix of the two.

Whichever option you choose, we will fund you to spend up to two months on your research phase. Your choice will not affect your chances of becoming a Fellow.

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Here is how the three options work.

(1) Travel research option

We will fund your costs to visit the projects and professionals you want, anywhere in the world, for up to two months. Our grant will cover your travel, accommodation and subsistence, and can include assistance with special needs.

This is the traditional option for Churchill Fellows and creates an immersive experience in another culture where you ‘learn by doing’. This can be very powerful. Travel also allows for unexpected and spontaneous discoveries along the way. Many Fellows find the opportunity for extended solo travel is challenging but also rewarding.

However, the number of countries you can visit fruitfully in two months is necessarily limited, and we prefer you to visit no more than two continents. Extended travel does not suit everyone, for a range of reasons. And crucially, the environmental impact of your travel should be weighed carefully against the benefits of being there.

If you do choose this option, please read our advice on minimising your environmental impact.

(2) Online research option

We will fund you to spend up two months reaching out online to your chosen overseas contacts, meeting and interviewing them remotely, while staying in the UK. Our grant will cover self-contained accommodation and living expenses.

This option will mean conducting your meetings and interviews online. This can be done from home, in self-contained accommodation that you hire for the purpose, or in a co-working space.

This option will particularly appeal to those for whom a period of extended travel is less suited. It will enable you to ‘visit’ more countries and contacts, online. Importantly, it will reduce your carbon footprint substantially.

(3) Hybrid research option

We will support you to use a mixture of travel and online research, for a period of up to two months. The grant will work pro rate for the options above, depending on your proposed itinerary.

This option provides the maximum flexibility, but obviously would not include as many physical destinations as option (1).

Making your choice

You will be asked to indicate which option you want, if you are shortlisted for a Fellowship. You will also be asked for the reason for your choice. Your choice will not affect your chances of becoming a Fellow.

Here is how the three options work.

(1) Travel research option

We will fund your costs to visit the projects and professionals you want, anywhere in the world, for up to two months. Our grant will cover your travel, accommodation and subsistence, and can include assistance with special needs.

This is the traditional option for Churchill Fellows and creates an immersive experience in another culture where you ‘learn by doing’. This can be very powerful. Travel also allows for unexpected and spontaneous discoveries along the way. Many Fellows find the opportunity for extended solo travel is challenging but also rewarding.

However, the number of countries you can visit fruitfully in two months is necessarily limited, and we prefer you to visit no more than two continents. Extended travel does not suit everyone, for a range of reasons. And crucially, the environmental impact of your travel should be weighed carefully against the benefits of being there.

If you do choose this option, please read our advice on minimising your environmental impact.

(2) Online research option

We will fund you to spend up two months reaching out online to your chosen overseas contacts, meeting and interviewing them remotely, while staying in the UK. Our grant will cover self-contained accommodation and living expenses.

This option will mean conducting your meetings and interviews online. This can be done from home, in self-contained accommodation that you hire for the purpose, or in a co-working space.

This option will particularly appeal to those for whom a period of extended travel is less suited. It will enable you to ‘visit’ more countries and contacts, online. Importantly, it will reduce your carbon footprint substantially.

(3) Hybrid research option

We will support you to use a mixture of travel and online research, for a period of up to two months. The grant will work pro rate for the options above, depending on your proposed itinerary.

This option provides the maximum flexibility, but obviously would not include as many physical destinations as option (1).

Making your choice

You will be asked to indicate which option you want, if you are shortlisted for a Fellowship. You will also be asked for the reason for your choice. Your choice will not affect your chances of becoming a Fellow.