On 13 June 2018 the prestigious Churchill Medallion was presented to 130 Churchill fellows to mark the completion of their research travels, at Church House Westminster. This year’s Churchill Medallions were presented by distinguished photojournalist Nick Danziger, whose career began with a Churchill Fellowship that took him across Central Asia in 1982. This year Danziger presented medallions to 130 Churchill Fellows at the biennial Churchill Fellows Award Ceremony. It was held at Church House, Westminster, which was Winston Churchill’s temporary office during World War Two and today the offices of Winston Churchill Trust.
The Fellowships were set up in memory of Sir Winston Churchill on his death in 1965, and over 5,400 Fellowships have been awarded since then. Anyone can apply, regardless of age, qualifications or background. Churchill Fellows are funded to travel for 4-8 weeks overseas, researching new ideas that can make a difference to their communities or professions in the UK. Applications are now open until 18 September 2018, for travel in 2019, at www.wcmt.org.uk.
Julia Weston, Chief Executive of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, said:
“A Churchill Fellowship is a life-changing opportunity to explore new ideas worldwide and make a difference with them back home. This year we are launching three new Fellowship categories that reflect some of the biggest challenges facing the UK today, and we hope that anyone with a bright idea will seize this opportunity to seek out solutions.”