WIGANERS thinking about travelling abroad for a gap year or a sabbatical are being invited to apply for a grant worth thousands of pounds.
To mark next year’s 50th anniversary of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, officials plan to hand out £1.2m worth of Travelling Fellowships to 150 lucky recipients.
The fellowships will directly support British citizens who want to travel overseas to gain knowledge, experience and best practice to benefit others in their UK professions and communities, and society as a whole.
The application process for travel in 2015 is now open, and there are 11 varied categories in which people can apply.
Successful applicants must demonstrate the commitment, the character and the tenacity to travel globally in pursuit of new and better ways of tackling a wide range of current challenges facing the UK, and upon their return work to transform and improve aspects of today’s society.
Applications are judged purely on project merit, and these opportunities are available to UK residents over the age of 18, of any ethnicity, religion, or gender.
Successful applicants will receive an average Fellowship grant of over £6000, covering return airfare, daily living costs, insurance and travel within the countries being visited, for approximately 6 weeks overseas.
Past Fellows include 11-time gold medal winning Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established shortly after Sir Winston’s death in 1965, as his national memorial and living legacy.
Since then it has awarded over 4,820 Travelling Fellowships, with Fellows making outstanding contributions in areas as diverse as dementia support, gang culture, nursing, virtual business, farming, sport, maritime safety and dry stone walling.
The deadline for the 2015 applications is September 23, 2014.
Visit www.wcmt.org.uk for full details.