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What does the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust fund?
What doesn't the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust fund?
Who can make a request to the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust?
How do I apply for a Fellowship?
How are Fellowship decisions made?
What are the Fellowship reporting requirements?
What happens if I don't comply with the Trust requirements?
What Fellowships have been made by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust?
Can I use information from a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Report?
Where can I find out more information about the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust?

 

What does the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust fund?

Winston Churchill fellowship requests must be for:

  • short-term travel outside New Zealand in the calendar year following the fellowship request*
  • investigation, experience and/or research that will help to advance your field of interest, occupation, trade, industry, profession or community on your return to New Zealand

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

The Trust has limited income and aims to distribute this income as widely as possible each year for the greatest benefit to New Zealand.

The usual amount awarded for a fellowship is between $7,000 and $10,000. The Trust expects applicants to personally meet not less than 20 per cent of the total estimated costs of their proposed fellowship travel, and to contribute more if they are able.

Partnered fellowships

As well as Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowships, there are special purpose fellowships in partnership with others.

Winston Churchill McNeish Writers' Fellowship

This partnered fellowship is 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. Priority is given to applicants who:

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

Fellowship requests must be for:

  • immersion within another culture by living and / or working for the benefit of the recipient’s writing
  • overseas travel between 1 January and 31 December of the calendar year following request
  • travel outside New Zealand, for up to six months.

In addition to the supporting documents required for any fellowship, requests for a Winston Churchill McNeish Writers' Fellowship must include a writing sample and evidence of one or more publications or writing success achieved to date.

A Winston Churchill McNeish Writers' Fellowship is offered every second year. The next one will be offered in 2019 for travel in 2020.

Applications for fellowships are made online, to log in to the grants management system please click on the link below and follow the instructions on the page to make a request for funding.

Winston Churchill New Zealand China Friendship Society Fellowship

In partnership with the New Zealand China Friendship Society, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust offers a specialised fellowship for travel to China to gain knowledge, understanding and experience of Chinese culture and values and share New Zealand culture and values in China, for the benefit of an occupation, trade or profession, or to benefit New Zealand through the creation or deepening of New Zealand-China relations.

The Winston Churchill New Zealand China Friendship Society Fellowship is available every second year. Requests must be for short term (up to 3 months) travel in China in the calendar year following the award of the fellowship.

Applicants must be actively involved in an occupation, activities or field of interest which will benefit from fostering relationships and building knowledge and understanding of New Zealand / China relations.

The application must show how the travel will enhance an applicant’s understanding and competence in their occupation, activities or field of interest and will build friendships and understanding of New Zealand-China relations. The request should show:

  • how your proposed fellowship project will benefit New Zealand-China relations and enhance your life and work 
  • how you will share your fellowship experience and the knowledge gained with others. 

There are no additional supporting document requirements.

A Winston Churchill New Zealand China Friendship Society Fellowship is offered every second year. The next one will be offered in 2019 for travel in 2020.

Applications for fellowships are made online. To apply, click on the link below:

Winston Churchill ANZSOG Fellowship

For the first time, in 2019, the Trust, alongside the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), is offering a Winston Churchill ANZSOG Fellowship.

It will be awarded in 2019 for travel in 2020 and will enable a Māori who is a permanent member of the New Zealand public sector to travel overseas for up to 6 weeks to study public sector practices which lead to positive outcomes for indigenous communities to inform the delivery of positive outcomes for tangata whenua in New Zealand.

In addition to the supporting documents required for any fellowship, requests for a Winston Churchill ANZSOG Fellowship must include two letters of support – one from the applicant’s iwi, and one from the applicant’s Chief Executive. 

Applicants may apply for up to $12,000, and do not need to contribute to the cost of the travel.

Applications for fellowships are made online. To apply, click on the link below:

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What doesn't the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust fund?

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and partnered fellowships do not fund requests for:

  • study for academic or professional qualifications
  • attendance at academic or professional conferences*
  • fellowships that do not show how the benefits of what is learned or experienced through overseas travel will be shared with others
  • salary or replacement of income during your travel
  • increases in travel costs after a fellowship is granted.

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

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Who can make a request to the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust?

People who are New Zealand citizens or ordinarily resident in New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Tokelau or Niue may request a fellowship if they have not previously received a fellowship. Proof of permanent residency will be required. 

Please note that there are restrictions on who can apply for Partnered Fellowships. The Trust may also consider a fellowship request to visit New Zealand for a purpose that will contribute to a profession, industry, occupation or trade in New Zealand and benefit New Zealand in general.

Winston Churchill Fellowships are open to people at all stages in their careers, in any profession, industry, occupation or trade. All subject areas are considered. There are no qualification requirements, but applicants need to show how they will share their travel learnings with their peers and communities. However previous Fellowship recipients may not reapply.

The Trust would like to receive more requests for fellowships in agriculture, science or technology and / or for learning from cultures in the Pacific and Asian regions. It welcomes 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.

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How do I apply for a Fellowship? 

Applications for fellowships are made online when a funding round is open. You will need a ‘Real Me’ login to be able to access the Fellowship application form. 

The link below will take you to a page that asks for your ‘Real Me’ login or enables you to apply for a ‘Real Me’ login. Please follow the instructions on the page to make a request for funding.

For more information and / or assistance with ‘Real Me’ telephone 0800 824 824. 

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There is one funding round each year.

The funding round opens on the first Wednesday in May, and closes on the last Wednesday in July (2019-2021), or, the first Wednesday in August (2023-2024).

Only one request may be made to a funding round. Unsuccessful fellowship applicants may apply to a future funding round. Previous Fellowship recipients may not reapply.

In your application you will need to:

  • describe your project in less than 100 words
  • outline your proposed itinerary
  • explain why your project is needed
  • describe the expected benefits to you, the area you work and / or have an interest in, and the benefits to New Zealand on your return.
  • outline your experience relevant to the project
  • explain how you will share the findings from your Fellowship experience.

The following supporting documents must be uploaded in your request:

  • a proposed itinerary for your fellowship project, which shows places to be visited, dates, and proposed activity at each place
  • a budget showing itemising costs and sources of funding. Costs will include travel, accommodation, travel insurance and daily expenses. Income will show the Fellowship amount requested, as well as contributions from other sources such as a personal contribution
  • your curriculum vitae
  • a letter from two referees commenting on your ability to successfully achieve your fellowship plans and how your fellowship proposal will benefit you, and on your return, benefit the community and New Zealand.

Plus any partnered fellowship required document. These are:

  • Requests for a Winston Churchill McNeish Writers' Fellowship must include a writing sample, and evidence of one or more publications or writing success achieved to date.
  • ANZSOG Fellowship requests must include a letter of support from the applicant’s Chief Executive, and one from the applicant’s iwi.

A Fellowship request that does not include the required supporting documents will be declined as the application will not have enough information to be considered for a fellowship grant.

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How are Fellowship decisions made?

Fellowship decisions are usually notified by the end of October in the year the request is made. Once an online application is submitted it moves to the applicant’s ‘Pending Review’ stage and will remain there until a decision is made. 
Requests for fellowships always exceed the amount of funding available.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Board will review all applications individually and comparatively. Fellowship awards are based on:

  • the potential benefit the travel experience will contribute to the applicant, the applicant’s field of interest and / or community, and to New Zealand
  • the ability of the applicant to actively disseminate their Fellowship learnings and knowledge through their networks and communities for the benefit of others
  • the amount of money available to distribute as fellowships in the funding round.

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What are the Fellowship reporting requirements? 

 All fellowship recipients must submit a Report on their project within six months of their return to New Zealand. These reports are reviewed by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Board and are published online. Partnered Fellowship reports are provided to the partner.

A copy of the Fellowship Report guidelines can be found at the link below:

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What happens if I don't comply with the Trust requirements?

Fellowship recipients sign a Fellowship Agreement in which they accept various obligations. If all obligations are not fulfilled, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Board will approach referees to help ensure compliance, and consider full recovery of any funding provided.

The published Fellowship lists will record if a recipient did not submit an acceptable publishable report within the agreed timeframe, and the recipient may not become a Winston Churchill Fellow.

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What fellowships have been made by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust? 

Since the Trust was established in 1965, nearly 900 Winston Churchill Fellowships have provided travel opportunities overseas for ordinary people from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds from throughout New Zealand. The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Board ensures that income from the Trust continues to be available for fellowship experiences for New Zealanders wanting to learn from others, experience other cultures and give back to their communities. 

Recent Fellowships are:

Can I use information from a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Report?

Fellowship Reports are the copyright of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. This material may be used for personal or in-house (not for commercial purpose) use without fees or further permission. For permission to reproduce the material for any purpose other than personal or in-house use, contact wcmt@dia.govt.nz. 

In all cases, the material must be reproduced accurately and not be used in a misleading context. Where the material is being published or issued for others, the source of the material and its copyright status must be acknowledged.

The views and opinions by authors expressed in Fellowship Reports do not state or reflect those of the Trust. 

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Where can I find out more information about the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust?

Information about the Trust is also available at the Trust's Facebook Page here.

For further information about the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, you can contact us on 0800 824 824 (between 8am and 5pm Monday to Thursday, 9am and 5pm Friday), or email wcmt@dia.govt.nz

To apply, click on the link below:

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