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 Mount Isa this 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.
Churchill Trust CEO Adam Davey said they were 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.
“To support this effort, we are running an expanded program of Information Sessions in sixteen regional centres, including Mount Isa on Wednesday, February 21,” Mr Davey said.
“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, applicants must 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,” Mr Davey said.
“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.”
The information session will be held at Mount Isa Civic Centre, from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm. Entry is free but registration is essential, via www.churchilltrust.com.au/events
Speakers include fellowship recipients Dr. Fiona Hawthorne, general manager of Hummingbird House, Matthew Shepherd - an aviation consultant from Brisbane and Mount Isa Mayor Joyce McCulloch who received the James Love Churchill Fellowship in 2008 to visit Canada and explore strategies to launch the Isa Rodeo into the international marketplace.
People can also follow the Churchill Trust on Facebook for advice about a live Q&A 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.