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Requesting a Winston Churchill Fellowship New Zealand Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

Closing date for Fellowship requests extended

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust or McNeish Writer’s Fellowships requests may be submitted up until midnight, 4 August 2017. Please note you need an individual online profile with us before you can submit a Fellowship request – you will not be able to achieve this on Friday evening, so create your profile now.

The Trust assists people to travel overseas to learn from others and explore topics that will help advance their occupation, trade, industry or profession on their return to New Zealand.  The average amount awarded for a fellowship is between $5000 and $7000, which is a financial contribution towards the costs of overseas travel.

The next closing date for requests this year is 2 August 2017.

Funding for outcomes

People receiving fellowships are expected to return able to benefit New Zealand by sharing their new knowledge, skills, inspiration and networks. Requests for fellowships should show how you plan to use and share what you experience and learn on your return with others in your occupation, trade, industry or profession and in your community.

Winston Churchill Fellowships

Winston Churchill Fellowships are open to people at all stages in their careers, in any profession, industry, occupation or trade. All topics and subject areas are considered. There are no qualification requirements. These fellowships are offered every year for overseas travel happening in the following calendar year.

Fellowship requests must be for:

  • investigation, experience and/or research that will help to advance your field of interest, occupation, trade, industry or profession on your return
  • overseas travel between 1 January and 31 December 2018
  • short-term travel outside New Zealand*, for up to three months

* the Trust may also consider requests from people wishing to visit New Zealand for the purpose of completing a fellowship that will contribute to a profession, industry, occupation or trade in New Zealand or benefit New Zealand in general.

Fellowship requests are made online and the final versions of each of these supporting documents must be included with your request:

  • a proposed itinerary, including dates and the activities you plan to undertake for your fellowship project
  • a description of how your proposed fellowship project will benefit New Zealand and enhance your own life, work, field of interest or calling
  • a description of how you will share your fellowship experience and the knowledge gained with others
  • a budget showing proposed travel, accommodation and daily expenses, as well as contributions from other sources
  • your curriculum vitae
  • reports from two referees commenting on your ability to successfully achieve your fellowship plans and on how your fellowship proposal will benefit you, your work or field of interest and New Zealand.

Fellowship requests that do not include these supporting documents are likely to be assessed as incomplete and ineligible for consideration.

Who may request a fellowship?

People who are New Zealand citizens or ordinarily resident in New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Tokelau or Niue may request a fellowship.

Message from the Trust

We are interested in receiving more requests for fellowships in agriculture, science or technology and/or for learning from cultures in the Pacific and Asian regions. We would also welcome more requests from people living in communities outside of New Zealand’s larger cities, and from New Zealanders from all ethnic backgrounds, including Māori and/or Pacific peoples.

What we don’t fund

The Trust will not fund:

  • study for academic or professional qualifications
  • attendance at academic or professional conferences*
  • requests to travel before 1 January 2018 or after 31 December 2018
  • requests for fellowships that do not show how the benefits of what is learned or experienced through overseas travel  will be shared with others.

*Short courses that form part of an eligible project may be considered.

How much should you request?

The Trust has limited income and aims to distribute this income as widely as possible each year for the greatest benefit to New Zealand.  It expects applicants to personally meet not less than 20 per cent of the total estimated costs of their proposed fellowship, and to contribute more if they are able.

The average amount awarded for a fellowship is between $5000 and $7000, although requests for up to $10,000 may be made.

The Trust does not accept any responsibility for increased costs.

How to make a fellowship request

You will need to login with RealMe and create an online profile for yourself with us before you can begin drafting  a fellowship request.

Fellowship requests must also be prepared and submitted online.

A complete request requires both your profile and request form, and final versions of all the required supporting documents.

Requests must be submitted by: 2 August 2017.

Winston Churchill Partnered Fellowships

In addition to the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowships offered each year, the Trust is pleased to also offer several special purpose fellowships in partnership with others. The partnership programme includes:

  • Winston Churchill McNeish Writers’ Fellowships – available every second year, offered in 2017 for travel during 2018
  • Winston Churchill Hawke’s Bay Design Trust Fellowship – available every second year, not offered in 2017
  • Winston Churchill New Zealand China Friendship Society Fellowship – available every second year, not offered in 2017

Information on the Winston Churchill partnered fellowships, including the Winston Churchill McNeish Writers’ Fellowship,is available here: Partnered Fellowship options

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Information disclosure

Applicants should be aware that application information may be released, if required, under the Official Information Act 1982. After 10 years, records of all requests are transferred to Archives New Zealand, where they will be available to members of the public.

All recipients of Fellowships are published on this website.

In submitting a Fellowship request, (as an applicant) you acknowledge and agree that the Department of Internal Affairs, acting on behalf of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, 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 these online 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
Wellington 6140

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