After a lapse because of COVID-19, the Winston Churchill Trust is planning once again to fund around 100 people from diverse walks of life so they can explore international best practice and innovation in a field of their choosing. It is a non-academic program and no specific qualifications are required to apply. As Churchill Fellows, the recipients will receive an average of $28,000 each and Trust support to explore international best practice and innovations in a field of their choosing during 2023.

A series of virtual information sessions based around specific themes is being held to inspire project ideas and guide people through the application process. Each session will feature existing Churchill Fellows sharing their experiences, and live Q&As.

The series includes a special Recycling and Repurposing Information Session, on Thursday, February 3 – 12.30 pm to 1.20 pm (AEDT), with guest speakers:

  • Helen Millicer, a national circular economy expert and former Renew Australia president, who received a Churchill Fellowship in 2017 to explore ways to increase plastics recycling and reprocessing in Australia.
  • Queensland mining engineer, Ryan Messer, whose 2018 Churchill Fellowship investigated the use of recycled glass in concrete manufacturing.

Applications can be made online from 1 February 2022 to 28 April 2022, for travel in 2023. Registration for the virtual sessions is essential. To book and for more information visit