Who and what we fund

Who and what we fund

Introduction

We fund UK adult citizens from all areas of society to develop new solutions for the UK’s most pressing problems, based on successful innovations and best practice from overseas.

We cover practical topics in every area of UK life, through our topical annual themes or our ongoing universal themes.

We will fund you to spend two months meeting the innovators in your field anywhere in the world, in person or online, and then we will help you to make a difference in your community or professional sector in the UK. What we offer.

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"The most benevolent and interested funding organisation I have ever come across." – Pam Schweitzer, Fellow

Who we fund

Churchill Fellowships are open to all UK resident citizens aged 18 or above, regardless of their background, qualifications or age. We are looking for people with the passion and potential to make a real difference to their community or professional sector, and we assess on future possibilities not past achievements.

Fellows bring lived or learned experience of the issue they want to address and we recognise the authority and insight this brings. We prioritise those who would not receive funding from any other source.

What we fund

We offer Fellowships within our grants framework of universal and annual themes, which cover every aspect of society.

A successful application must show us:

  • An idea that can make a practical and worthwhile contribution to UK society, in any field whatsoever.
  • A reason why the idea should be researched overseas, anywhere in the world.
  • An applicant with the potential to make change happen, whoever they are and whatever their background.

You will need to demonstrate all of these aspects:

  • An idea that aims to solve a clearly stated need or issue in UK society, whether professionally, locally or nationally.
  • An idea for which there are new approaches and solutions in projects you can visit overseas.
  • An idea that is not already being implemented in the UK.
  • A clear sense of where and why the idea could be researched abroad.
  • A clear sense of how the idea could be translated into practical action by the applicant in the UK.

Please note that we do not fund any of these:

  • 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 category).
  • 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.
  • Postgraduate studies, unless they can show wider, practical benefits to others in the UK.
  • Gap year activities, unless the application is for a stand-alone project that satisfies the criteria above.
  • Art projects that will result only in an exhibition and have no public benefit beyond raising the profile and expertise of the applicant.
  • Artists’ residencies.
  • Research for fiction, unless it clearly has a wider public benefit.
  • Volunteering.
Erica McInnis (CF 2016) explored Afrikan-centred approaches to talking therapies for the Black British communityDownload image
"The most benevolent and interested funding organisation I have ever come across." – Pam Schweitzer, Fellow

Who we fund

Churchill Fellowships are open to all UK resident citizens aged 18 or above, regardless of their background, qualifications or age. We are looking for people with the passion and potential to make a real difference to their community or professional sector, and we assess on future possibilities not past achievements.

Fellows bring lived or learned experience of the issue they want to address and we recognise the authority and insight this brings. We prioritise those who would not receive funding from any other source.

What we fund

We offer Fellowships within our grants framework of universal and annual themes, which cover every aspect of society.

A successful application must show us:

  • An idea that can make a practical and worthwhile contribution to UK society, in any field whatsoever.
  • A reason why the idea should be researched overseas, anywhere in the world.
  • An applicant with the potential to make change happen, whoever they are and whatever their background.

You will need to demonstrate all of these aspects:

  • An idea that aims to solve a clearly stated need or issue in UK society, whether professionally, locally or nationally.
  • An idea for which there are new approaches and solutions in projects you can visit overseas.
  • An idea that is not already being implemented in the UK.
  • A clear sense of where and why the idea could be researched abroad.
  • A clear sense of how the idea could be translated into practical action by the applicant in the UK.

Please note that we do not fund any of these:

  • 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 category).
  • 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.
  • Postgraduate studies, unless they can show wider, practical benefits to others in the UK.
  • Gap year activities, unless the application is for a stand-alone project that satisfies the criteria above.
  • Art projects that will result only in an exhibition and have no public benefit beyond raising the profile and expertise of the applicant.
  • Artists’ residencies.
  • Research for fiction, unless it clearly has a wider public benefit.
  • Volunteering.