Geraldton event for potential Churchill Fellowship applicants

A national program that offers Australians inspiring opportunities to travel overseas and investigate a topic or issue they are passionate about is running an information session in Geraldton early next month.

Churchill Fellowships are open to anyone who would like to see what other countries are doing successfully in a similar field, to inspire new ideas and innovation that will benefit Australia. About 100 Churchill Fellowships are awarded annually, including some relating specifically to agriculture, health, education, the environment and the arts.

"While anyone can apply, this year we are making a concerted effort to encourage more applications from rural and regional Australians keen to explore issues relevant to their local community, industry or profession," says Churchill Trust CEO Adam Davey.

"To support this effort, we are running an expanded program of Information Sessions in sixteen regional centres, including Geraldton on Wednesday, March 7. We hope people who live and work in the area will take advantage of this opportunity to learn more first-hand about Churchill Fellowships and how to put together a successful application."

No prescribed qualifications are required in order to apply and the subject of the proposed project is limitless. However, it is important that applicants demonstrate they have exhausted available options in Australia for learning more, that there are a clear potential benefits to their sector or community, and they are willing to share the knowledge gained.

“What is great about a Churchill Fellowship is that it allows the applicant to create their own project, so they can address what is most important and beneficial for their area of interest, and that often aligns with issues of local, regional or national importance,” said Mr Davey.

“While you could research what is happening overseas online, returning Fellows consistently report that it is invaluable to fully immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and experiences, and that the relationships formed through this journey are often long lasting. Because the Fellowships are held in such high regard around the world, travelling as a Churchill Fellow also opens doors to access expertise that is typically not available."

Churchill Fellows come from all walks of life, with some being experienced veterans in their field and others ambitious people forging new directions. "The common denominators are that they have a genuine passion for their area of interest, and drive to make a difference," Mr Davey said.

The Geraldton information session will be held at the Geraldton Police Complex, from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm. Entry is free but registration is essential, via www.churchilltrust.com.au/events

People can also follow the Churchill Trust on Facebook for advice about a live Q&A to be held in late March. More information is also available by visiting www.churchillfellowships.com.au

Applications close April 27, for travel between February 2019 and January 2020.

 Mike Bell - Mike received a fellowship in 2014 to examine intervention programs that divert people from becoming involved in violent extremism, visiting the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Canada, and the USA. Over his career, Mike has been involved in metropolitan, regional and remote community policing, criminal investigations, security operations, overseas peace-keeping, corporate project management and professional standards.

Mike Bell - Mike received a fellowship in 2014 to examine intervention programs that divert people from becoming involved in violent extremism, visiting the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Canada, and the USA. Over his career, Mike has been involved in metropolitan, regional and remote community policing, criminal investigations, security operations, overseas peace-keeping, corporate project management and professional standards.

 Belinda Wainwright - was awarded the Department for Child Protection and Family Support Churchill Fellowship in 2014 to explore opportunities for improving education attainment for children with an out of home care experience, especially Aboriginal children. She visited Canada and the USA. Belinda is currently District Director at Department of Communities - Child Protection and Family Support, in Geraldton.

Belinda Wainwright - was awarded the Department for Child Protection and Family Support Churchill Fellowship in 2014 to explore opportunities for improving education attainment for children with an out of home care experience, especially Aboriginal children. She visited Canada and the USA. Belinda is currently District Director at Department of Communities - Child Protection and Family Support, in Geraldton.

 Lis Turner - received the Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Foundation Churchill Fellowship in 2012 to explore the use of information and communication technologies to enhance and innovate student learning in Malaysia, Singapore and Korea. Lis is principal at Waggrakine Primary School in Geraldton.

Lis Turner - received the Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Foundation Churchill Fellowship in 2012 to explore the use of information and communication technologies to enhance and innovate student learning in Malaysia, Singapore and Korea. Lis is principal at Waggrakine Primary School in Geraldton.