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New Zealand Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

Background
Mission / Whakatakanga
Purpose / Kaupapa
Winston Churchill Fellowship Programme
Funding priorities
What we do not fund
How much to apply for
How to request a Fellowship
Fellows and their research reports
Donations and Bequests

Background

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 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.

Each year by awarding Churchill Fellowships, the WCMT provides ordinary New Zealanders with extraordinary opportunities.  Churchill Fellowships assist New Zealanders to travel overseas, to learn from others and study topics that will help them to increase their contribution to the community, and advance their trade, industry, profession or business. Fellows return to New Zealand with inspiration, new networks, and knowledge that supports and develops their leadership skills within their field of interest.

There are also Winston Churchill Memorial Trusts in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Trust patron

The Trust's patron is 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. The next event will be held in 2017. More details will be available closer to the time.

Trust Board membership

Elizabeth (Liz) Richards (Chair)
Fiona Tregonning (Deputy Chair)
Len Cook
Dr Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop
Erin Jackson
Bruce Robertson
Robyn Scott-Vincent
Bronwyn Smits
Nicola Taylor

Message from the Trust Board 

The Trust Board invites New Zealanders from all sectors, regions, ethnicities and cultures to apply for a Fellowship. Applications based on research in the agriculture, science and technology sectors, and applicants from provincial New Zealand and smaller cities have not featured as much in recent funding rounds and would be welcomed. We would also welcome a wider ethnic diversity of applicants, including Māori and Pasifica.

Applicants should also consider the learning potential from cultures in the Pacific and Asia region as well as Europe, North America and the United Kingdom when developing proposals and planning itineraries.  

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill and the establishment of the Trust. Since 1965, over 850 Fellowships and learning opportunities have been awarded to New Zealanders.  The Trust is now launching its next 50 years and is reaching out to Fellows and members of the public for support to raise its profile and increase the capital base. Support will ensure the Trust can continue giving ordinary New Zealanders extraordinary opportunities for the next 50 years. 

There are several ways to support the Trust:

  • Encourage your colleagues, friends and whānau to apply for a Fellowship: Purpose/Kaupapa 
  • Donate to the Trust fund.  With increased funds more and better funded Fellowships will be possible: Donations
  • Sponsor a Fellowship or partner with the Trust to create a partnered Fellowship: Sponsorship and Partnered Fellowships

A leaflet about the Fellowships and how you can be involved is available electronically here:

Hard copies of this brochure can be posted, on request to wcmt@dia.govt.nz.  

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

Winston Churchill Fellowships, including partnered Fellowships, are for overseas travel to learn more about other people and cultures, and to investigate topics that will help the recipient increase their contribution to the community.

Winston Churchill Fellowship Programme

The Winston Churchill Fellowship programme includes Winston Churchill Fellowships, Winston Churchill McNeish Writer’s Fellowships, Winston Churchill Hawke’s Bay Design Trust Fellowships and Winston Churchill New Zealand China Friendship Society Fellowships.

Winston Churchill Fellowships are offered every year. The Winston Churchill McNeish Writer’s Fellowship, the Winston Churchill Hawke’s Bay Design Trust Fellowship, and the Winston Churchill New Zealand China Friendship Society Fellowships are offered every second year.

In 2016 the following Fellowships are available:

Who can request a Fellowship?

All New Zealanders, either citizens or people normally resident in New Zealand (as well as Cook Islands, Tokelau or Niue) may apply for a Fellowship.

A person resident outside of New Zealand may also apply for a Fellowship to visit New Zealand. 

The programme is open to people at all stages of their career, in all professions, industries, occupations and trades. No prescribed qualification is necessary.

Winston Churchill Fellowships - Apply Now

Winston Churchill Fellowships are for community workers, farmers, designers, scientists, business people, actors, teachers, scientists, artists and writers for intensive investigation, experience or research. All topics and subject areas are considered. Winston Churchill Fellowships are offered every year.

To be eligible for a Winston Churchill Fellowship requests must be for:

  • intensive investigation, experience or research
  • travel outside of New Zealand (travel to New Zealand will be considered for requests from residents outside of New Zealand)
  • travel between 1 January and 31 December in the year following the year of application
  • short term travel up to three months’ duration

Short courses that form part of an eligible project may also be considered. Fellows must return to New Zealand after travelling.

Winston Churchill McNeish Writer’s Fellowships

Winston Churchill McNeish Writer’s Fellowships are for promising writers and journalists to travel and live overseas. The intention is for the recipient’s horizons to broaden and shift so that their writing is enhanced.

To be eligible for a Winston Churchill McNeish Writer’s Fellowship requests must be for:

  • immersion within another culture by living and/ or working for the benefit of the applicant’s writing
  • travel outside of New Zealand
  • travel between 1 January and 31 December in the year following the year of application.
  • travel of up to six months’ duration

Proposals may or may not have a research component to them. Short courses that form part of an eligible project may be considered. Fellows must return to New Zealand after travelling.

This Fellowship is not available in 2016. It will be offered next in 2017 for travel in 2018.

Winston Churchill Hawke’s Bay Design Fellowships - Apply Now

The WCMT has partnered with the Hawke’s Bay Design Trust to offer a specialised Fellowship in the area of industrial design. This Fellowship enables a designer to gain international experience in product and/ or industrial design and develop their ability to advance industrial design in New Zealand.

To be eligible for a Winston Churchill Hawke’s Bay Design Trust Fellowship requests must be for:

  • designers who are actively involved in product and/or industrial design that is focused on building and adding value to New Zealand
  • proposals that enhance understanding and competence in product and/ or industrial design
  • travel outside of New Zealand
  • travel between 1 January and 31 December in the year following the year of application
  • short term travel up to three months’ duration

Proposals may or may not have a research component to them. Short courses that form part of an eligible project may be considered. Fellows must return to New Zealand after travelling.

This Fellowship is offered every two years.

Winston Churchill New Zealand China Friendship Society Fellowship - Apply Now 

This Fellowship is for travel to China to gain knowledge, understanding and experience of Chinese culture and values, and sharing of New Zealand culture and values in China for the benefit of an occupation, profession or trade, or to the benefit in general of New Zealand through the creation or deepening of New Zealand-China relations.

To be eligible for a Winston Churchill New Zealand China Friendship Society Fellowship requests must be for:

  • Applicants who are actively involved in an occupation or activities, which would benefit from, or where the fostering of relationships and the building of knowledge and understanding of New Zealand-China relations is relevant 
  • Proposals that enhance the applicant’s understanding and competence in their occupation or activities, and contribute to the building of friendships and the understanding of New Zealand-China relations 
  • travel to/from China
  • travel between 1 January and 31 December in the year following the year of application
  • short term travel up to three months’ duration

Proposals may or may not have a research component to them. Short courses that form part of an eligible project may be considered. Fellows must return to New Zealand after travelling.

This Fellowship is offered every two years.

Funding priorities

Priority will be given to proposals that benefit New Zealand. Applicants must therefore clearly state what the benefit will be, and how they are qualified to discover and promote that benefit.

Winston Churchill McNeish Writer’s Fellowship

Priority will be given to applicants who

  • are an emerging writer, or journalist aged between 25 and 40 years old
  • have a track record of publications (one – two publications)
  • propose to travel to non-English speaking, developing countries.

Winston Churchill Hawke’s Bay Design Trust Fellowship

Priority will be given to applicants who are a graduate of a design course in a New Zealand tertiary institute.

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.

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.

How to request a Fellowship

 

Donations and Bequests

The Trust is requesting donations and bequests to bolster the Fellowships that can be awarded each year. Your donation will help more and better funded Fellowships to be given.

There are two funds you can donate to. Both support the Winston Churchill Fellowship programme.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Act 1965 governs how the Trust receives and uses donations. 

The Trust’s capital fund

The capital fund is invested to generate income but cannot be spent. Donations to the Trust’s capital fund increase the Trust’s income over time. Income earned from the Trust’s capital is the main source of funding for Fellowships.

The Fellows’ Fellowship fund

Fellows and others can donate to the Fellows’ Fellowship fund, a special fund marking the 50th anniversary of the Trust and Fellowships.

The Trust Board is seeking to raise $100,000 by 31 December 2017 for the Fellows’ Fellowship Fund. The Fellows’ Fellowship fund is an income based fund to be used for Fellowships from 2018.

Donors to the Fellows’ Fellowship fund need to give express permission for their donation to be applied as income.

To contribute to this fund please specify “Fellows’ Fellowship Fund” and, or, “Income” when making your donation.

All other donations are directed to the Trust’s capital fund.

Bequests

To create a lasting legacy for future Fellowships you may wish to leave a gift to the Trust in your will. Contact your solicitor on the appropriate way to leave a bequest to the Trust.

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Donate using PayPal

You do not need to have a PayPal account to use PayPal to make a donation. PayPal allows you to use a credit or debit card to make a donation without a PayPal account. After clicking the PayPal donate now below, there will be a link to continue without a PayPal account.

Internet banking

Donations can be made with internet banking:

Account name: Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fund

Account number: 02 0536 0342 025 00

At any BNZ Branch (in New Zealand only)

Donations can be made at any BNZ branch.

Donations over $5 are eligible for a tax deduction. If you have made a donation of more than $5 and would like to receive a donation receipt please email wcmt@dia.govt.nz.