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Winston Churchill Fellowships © Dave Green (Fellow Sadie Green - Bideford and Manteo: A Special Relationship)

© Dave Green (Fellow Sadie Green - Bideford and Manteo: A Special Relationship)

Since 2015 we have worked in partnership with the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to offer overseas Travelling Fellowships for Designers in the applied arts (architecture, interiors, product and graphic design). These Fellowships are usually for 6 weeks travel overseas with an average grant of over £6,000, and awarded for projects that add to international collaboration and understanding, and bring back knowledge and best practice for the benefit of others in the UK.

Successful applicants will then be eligible to apply to our department at the British Council, Architecture Design Fashion, for a grant to follow up their Churchill Fellowship and help with events, exhibitions and further international collaboration. 

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established when Sir Winston Churchill died in 1965. The Trust’s objective for the Travelling Fellowships is to provide opportunities for British citizens to go abroad on a worthwhile enterprise of their own choosing, with the aim of enriching their lives by their wider experience – through the knowledge, understanding, and/or skills they gain - and, on their return, enhancing the life of their community by their example and the dissemination of the benefit of their travels. These opportunities are provided to people of any age, gender, ethnicity or religion, with or without educational qualifications, and in any occupation or none.

2017 Winston Churchill Fellows Announced

Winston Churchill Fellow 2016 Maria Gasparian  O. Lechner

O. Lechner

Winston Churchill Fellow 2016 Maria Gasparian
Winston Churchill Fellow 2015 Lynn Wilson

Winston Churchill Fellow 2015 Lynn Wilson
Winston Churchill Fellow 2015 Clare Hughes

Winston Churchill Fellow 2015 Clare Hughes
Winston Churchill Fellow 2015 Gemma John

Winston Churchill Fellow 2015 Gemma John

6 April 2017

In partnership with the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT), we are thrilled to announce that three Travelling Fellowships have been awarded this year to practitioners working across architecture, design and research.

This is the third year that we have partnered with the WCMT on this fellowship, having awarded 16 fellowships to date. Past projects have included research into prison design, glazed architectural ceramics and optimising housing density through high-rise living.

The Design Fellowships are awarded to projects that add to international collaboration and understanding, and that also bring back knowledge and best practice for the benefit of others in the UK.

This year’s award winners are:

  • Alpa Depani, an architect from Hackney, who will be travelling to Hong Kong, Japan and the USA to explore approaches to the design of public realm in global cities.
  • Anna Raymond, from Glasgow, Project Manager and Community Consultant for creative consultancy Pidgin Perfect, who will be travelling to Canada and the USA to investigate approaches to empowering women from disadvantaged backgrounds to work in the design sector.
  • Pras Gunasekera, Designer and Researcher from Edmonton, who will be travelling to Germany, the Netherlands and Norway to research prison resettlement and rehabilitation practices using design methods.

“We firmly believe that the opportunity to travel and return with new connections and skills to be shared back in the UK is a crucial way to enrich our design sectors. We are therefore extremely happy to be working with the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to create links overseas, and look forward to seeing the results of the Fellowships and possible international collaborations in the future.” Sarah Mann, Director of Architecture Design Fashion