A national award scheme that flies people to destinations across the globe in search of new ideas, innovation and excellence is encouraging more people living or working in rural and regional South Australia to apply.
Worth an average of $26,000 each, Churchill Fellowships are presented to more than 100 ordinary Australians each year so they can travel independently anywhere in the world to explore a topic or issue that they are passionate about.
Importantly, you do not need any specific qualifications to apply and the Fellowships are not about formal academic study. Unlike some other scholarship programs, there is also flexibility in terms of timing and duration.
Applicants can propose a project on any topic providing there is likely to be a benefit beyond their own paddock or agribusiness, as long as they are willing to share the knowledge gained. In 2017, several specific Fellowships are also available related to agriculture, fisheries and rural communities. They include sponsored fellowships for people wanting to explore topics relating to the Australian dairy industry, marine science, and ways to combat and reduce the impact of bushfires and other natural disasters.
Applications close April 28, 2017, for Churchill Fellowships to travel between February 1, 2018 and January 31, 2019.