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Churchill Fellowships are intended for travel, typically short term of between three weeks and three months duration, for intensive investigative research.
The Trust helps all kinds of New Zealanders - including community workers, engineers, business people, actors, teachers, nuns, artists - to travel overseas and bring back with them new insights and understanding that will enrich their community and, ultimately, New Zealand as a whole.
Applications close on 31 July each year.
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) was established in 1965 with funds from both the government and the public. Since then, net income earned from investments has been used to award up to 15 Churchill fellowships each year.
Sir Winston Churchill believed that world peace and greater international understanding could be promoted through ordinary people travelling to other countries and experiencing other cultures.
In his honour, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust assists New Zealanders to travel overseas to learn more about other people and cultures and to investigate topics that will help them to increase their contribution to the community and their trade, industry, profession, business or calling.
In 2012, the Trust received a generous donation from Sir James and Lady McNeish. Sir James and Lady McNeish made their donation as they wanted to encourage promising young writers and journalists to travel and live in another culture.
The Trust is administered by the Department of Internal Affairs.
There are also Winston Churchill Memorial Trusts in the United Kingdom and Australia.
His Excellency, Lieutenant General, The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae, Governor-General of New Zealand. Every two years the Governor-General hosts an award ceremony for Fellows who have recently completed their Fellowship.
Trust Board membership
Rachael Selby (Chair)
A Graeme Hall (Deputy Chair)
Dr Helen Nicholson
Mission / Whakatakanga
The Trust aims to assist all kinds of New Zealanders from all walks of life to travel overseas and bring back with them new insights and understanding that will enrich their community and, ultimately, New Zealand as a whole.
Purpose / Kaupapa
Churchill Fellowships are intended for overseas travel, typically between three weeks and three months in duration, for intensive research to learn more about other people and cultures and to investigate topics that will help them to increase their contribution to the community.
What we fund
Fellowships are awarded for travel and research to be undertaken in the year immediately after the year of application. Fellowships are granted for travel outside New Zealand only.
Short courses which form part of an eligible project may also be considered.
Winston Churchill and Winston Churchill McNeish Writer’s Fellowships
Fellowships are granted for travel outside New Zealand only.
Fellows must undertake their travel in the year immediately after the year of application.
Successful applicants will be advised by the Trust board. If accepted, the applicant will then be required to prepare a formal itinerary for approval before the Fellowship is paid.
Applications close on 31 July each year. Fellowships are announced during December.
Winston Churchill McNeish Writer’s Fellowships
Winston Churchill McNeish Writer’s Fellowships are awarded to young and/or emerging writers to travel overseas to experience immersion in other cultures. Projects may or may not have a research component to them.
In addition to the eligibility requirements above, priority will be given to Winston Churchill McNeish Writer’s Fellowship applicants who:
are an emerging writer, or journalist aged between 25 and 40 years old and
have a track record of publications (one – two publications) and
propose to travel to non-English speaking, developing countries and
intend to immerse themselves by living and/or working in another culture.
The first Winston Churchill McNeish Writers Fellowship was offered in 2013 for travel in 2014. It is expected that a further Winston Churchill McNeish Writer’s Fellowship will be offered in 2017 for travel in 2018.
What we do not fund
The Trust Board does not make grants towards academic or professional qualifications and funding is not normally granted for attending academic or professional conferences.
Applications must be for travel between 1 January and 31 December in the year immediately after the year of application. Applications for travel earlier or later than these dates will not be considered.
The Trust Board places great importance on the benefits of the project to New Zealand. Applicants must therefore state clearly what the benefit will be, and how they are qualified to discover and promote that benefit.
Who can apply
All New Zealanders, either citizens or people normally resident in New Zealand, may apply for a fellowship.
How much to apply for
The Trust has limited income and the Trust Board aims to distribute this income as widely as possible for the greatest benefit to New Zealand. The greater the effort by applicants to meet their travel costs, then the greater will be the number of applicants whom the Trust Board can help.
The WCMT will make a contribution to the all-inclusive costs of travel of the successful applicants.
Applicants are expected to meet not less than 20 per cent of the total estimated costs and must be prepared to contribute more if they are able. While consideration will be given for Fellowships of up to $10,000, the average is from $5000 to $7000.
The Trust Board does not accept any responsibility for increased costs.
The Trust Board requires evidence that costs of travel are at the best available rates. A quote for your travel expenses as evidence of the costs should be attached to your application.
Making an application
To apply for a Winston Churchill Fellowship or a Winston Churchill McNeish Writer's Fellowship you will need to complete the application form below.
You will need to complete an application form and arrange for two referees' report forms. One reference must be from your employer, sponsoring organisation or professional body where appropriate.
Download the application and referees' report forms below to your computer; fill in the forms electronically and save the edited versions to your PC.
Winston Churchill Fellowship and Winston Churchill McNeish Writer's Fellowships application form (.doc) 309k http://www.communitymatters.govt.nz/Funding-and-grants
Winston Churchill Fellowship and Winston Churchill McNeish Writer's Fellowships referee's form (.doc) 163k http://www.communitymatters.govt.nz/Funding-and-grants
Forward the referee report form to your referees, who will be expected to reply directly to the Trust Board (see addresses below).
To fill in your responses on the .doc templates
move from one field to the next using your Tab key, then type in your response
for the tick boxes where you are required to select a Yes or No answer, tab through to the box you wish to tick and click with your mouse
to move back to a field, type Shift + Tab
The first page of the application form asks applicants to choose a subject category for their project. These categories are:
- community / social welfare
- environment / conservation
- law and order
- libraries / museums / history
- media / publishing
- public administration
- sport and recreation
- technology and science
- trade / industry / commerce
- Winston Churchill / McNeish Writer’s Fellowship
These categories are for administrative purposes only and are not intended in any way to limit the range of applications considered by the Trust Board. Therefore, if none of the above categories apply to your project, list 'Other' on the application form.
How to send your application
From 2013 the Trust Board will only accept applications emailed in electronic format. Completed application and referee forms should be emailed to email@example.com.
Applicants and referees should add an electronic signature if able to do so. If an application or referee form is unsigned consideration of the application will not be affected. All successful applicants are required to sign an agreement confirming their acceptance of all terms and conditions before the grant is paid.
If you are unable to email your application form or have referees email their references, please contact the Department of Internal Affairs.
When to apply
Completed applications must be received at the Trust Board's office, no later than 31 July each year.
Late applications will not be accepted.
The closing date for referees' reports is also 31 July. Late referees' reports may result in exclusion of the application from consideration. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that referees provide their reports by the due date.
Fellowship are subject to any conditions the Trust Board may consider necessary including the following:
- travel must be carried out in the year immediately after the year of application
- recipients must return to their position in New Zealand when they have completed their projects
- recipients must submit a full report on their project within six months of their return to New Zealand. These reports are published on this website
- if all obligations are not fulfilled, the Trust Board may consider approaching referees to help ensure compliance and / or may consider full recovery of any funding
- the decisions of the Trust Board are final
Fellowship report guidelines 2013 http://www.communitymatters.govt.nz/Funding-and-grants
Promoting Winston Churchill Memorial Trust support
Fellowship recipients must acknowledge the support given by the Trust in all relevant publicity material, publications, annual reports and similar documents. All Fellows are provided with a media kit to support them in the Trust’s expectation of wide dissemination of their learning and their role in promoting the Fellowship opportunity to others.
Applicants should be aware that application information may be released, if required, under the Official Information Act 1982. After 10 years, all applications will be transferred to Archives New Zealand, where they will be available to members of the public.
All recipients of grants are published on this website.
In submitting a Fellowship application, an individual or an organisation (the applicant) acknowledge and agree that the Department of Internal Affairs may disclose to, or obtain from, any other government department or agency, private person or organisation, any information about the applicant for the purposes of gaining or providing information related to the funding of the applicant.
Applicants and recipients may access their information details and amend at any time. To view any personal information held by the Department of Internal Affairs, or raise a concern about personal information that it holds, please write to:
The Privacy Officer
Department of Internal Affairs
PO Box 805
Applications close on 31 July each year.
Application cannot be accepted before 30/04/2018.
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Last updated on Tuesday 29 November 2016