Churchill Fellowships focus on the Northern Rivers

Churchill Fellowships focus on the Northern Rivers

Every year, Churchill Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for more than 100 Australians from all walks of life to travel overseas and investigate a topic they are passionate about. Unlike more traditional academic fellowships, they are not given for tertiary study and no formal qualifications are required. Recipients design their own projects and itinerary so they can access expertise in their chosen field, anywhere in the world. Worth an average of $29,000 each, the Fellowships cover travel costs and living expenses for four to eight weeks.

This year the Churchill Trust is particularly keen to receive more applications from rural and regional Australia. Apart from general fellowships, specific sponsored fellowships are also being offered for projects relating to the arts, as well as health and medicine, palliative care, education, automotive skills, architecture, disaster mitigation, marine science, horticulture and dairy. Also being offered this year is The Yulgilbar Foundation Churchill Fellowship, which will, by preference, be awarded to someone with a rural background from the Northern Rivers region, to undertake an innovative project in the conservation and environmental area.

Two information sessions are being held in the Northern Rivers region for people interested in applying for a Churchill Fellowship:

  • Byron Bay – Monday, March 9, from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm, at Elements of Byron Bay, 144 Bayshore Drive.
  • Grafton – Tuesday, March 10, from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm, at the Quality Inn, 51 Fitzroy Street.


The sessions will be hosted by Winston Churchill Memorial Trust CEO, Adam Davey, and Churchill Fellows Association of NSW President, Ian Krimmer. The sessions will provide a rare opportunity to hear Churchill Fellows share their inspiring experiences, and to receive valuable advice about developing project ideas and preparing applications.

Fellowship applications can be made online until April 30, 2020, for travel between February 1, 2021, and January 31, 2022.

For more information about Churchill Fellowships and to register for an information session please visit Although the events are free, bookings are essential.

Image: Lithograph colour tests by 2015 Fellow, Jim Pavlidis. Project ‘To explore the latest developments in combining modern techniques with stone lithographic printmaking – France’