The Winston Churchill Memorial Trusts
are three independent but related living memorials to Sir Winston Churchill
. They are based in the UK, (An attempt in 1964 by then Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson
and George A. Drew
to launch a fourth Trust in Canada did not come to fruition, in part due to the illness and death of the latter.)
The UK Trust was founded on 1 February 1965, the day after Churchill's funeral. Elizabeth II
extended her Royal Patronage to the Trust in 1965.
The Trusts were founded to 'perpetuate and honour the memory of Sir Winston Churchill' by administering the award of Travelling Fellowships known as a Churchill Fellowship
. While the three Trusts are independent, they have a similar approach, identifying potential themes each year and inviting members of the public to submit applications under these themes. The applications are vetted and a shortlist is created. People on this shortlist are then interviewed and the successful ones are awarded a Fellowship. The Trusts are not primarily concerned with scientists and scholars for whom opportunities for research and study already exist. The focus is to offer opportunity to 'men and women from all walks of life'.
Today, they receive sufficient funds for four weeks of foreign travel and subsistence, and the... Read More