From 16th May new ideas for improving the prevention, handling and recovery from public emergencies will be supported with overseas research grants. These are available to anyone involved in emergency and crisis management, and others, for non-academic studies of the best ideas and practice to be found anywhere in the world.

The Churchill Fellowships in Emergency Response will fund Fellows to explore innovation in the management of public emergencies of all kinds, from prevention to response to post-crisis recovery. Projects may relate to frontline and rescue services or to the agencies and charities that work on crisis management in the widest sense, including infrastructure, early warning, survivor support, rehabilitation, reconstruction and policy.

Proposals may be intended for operational, tactical or strategic implementation, and applicants are welcomed from all levels of seniority.


Churchill Fellowships are travel grants that fund dedicated and dynamic individuals to research innovative ideas and best practice overseas, then bring their global insights back to the UK and make change happen in their professions and communities. Fellowships are available in 12 fields of interest, including the Emergency response category. Examples of past Fellows who have explored issues related to emergency response are here.

Julia Weston, Chief Executive of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, said:

“Our emergency services face enormous challenges, from terrorist incidents to knife-based crime and natural and man-made disasters. Just as significant is the challenge of looking after their own mental and physical wellbeing. We are funding Churchill Fellowships to find inspiration from the world’s best projects and practice for this important area.”


Everyone can apply for a Churchill Fellowship, regardless of age, background or qualifications, so long as they are a UK citizen aged 18 or over. To apply, or for more details, click here

Deadline for applications is 17 September 2019 for travel in 2020.