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Award Sounds Too Good To Be True - But It's Not

Sergeant Matt Moloney.  Image Supplied 

An award that offers Cairns residents from all walks of life an opportunity to travel overseas and investigate a topic they are passionate about, is holding an information session in the city on Wednesday March 4, as part of a national roadshow.

Applications are now open for the 2020 round of Churchill Fellowships, a unique award that supports people from diverse backgrounds to explore an issue of their choice, anywhere in the world.

"Everyone has the potential to become a Churchill Fellow - the only prerequisites are passion and curiosity" said The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Chief Executive Officer, Adam Davey.

"The Trust awards more than 100 Churchill Fellowships every year to Australians with all kinds of experience, who are willing to step outside their comfort zone," Mr Davey said.

Unlike more traditional academic fellowships, they are not given for tertiary study. In fact, no academic qualifications are required to apply.

Churchill Fellows design their own projects so they can access expertise which cannot be found in Australia.

The Trust covers travel costs and living expenses for four to eight weeks, with Fellowships worth an average of $29,000 each.

"Aside from their monetary value, the Fellowships open doors to expertise and experiences often unavailable to independent travellers, because the award is so widely recognised internationally"; Mr Davey said.

"Then when they return home, Churchill Fellows are encouraged and supported to inspire change at a local level, by applying, adapting and sharing what they have learnt.

"As a result, they make a difference every day in all aspects of Australian life, across an incredibly broad range of sectors, such as agriculture, architecture and the arts, business management and building, science and sport, education and the environment, medicine and manufacturing, traditional lost trades and emerging technology.

More than 4400 Fellowships have been awarded in Australia since the award was established in 1965, to perpetuate and honour the memory of famous world leader, Sir Winston Churchill.

Mr Davey said that, just like Churchill, the Fellowships championed people prepared to be bold and daring.

"As Britain's war-time Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill was famous for his great perseverance, drive and determination. He was a man of the people, and he encouraged everyone to recognise the importance of these characteristics and that individuals could make a difference" he added.

People interested in applying are encouraged to attend the information session at the Cairns Harbour Lights in Marlin Parade.

The session will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm.

Speakers will include Queensland police officer, Sergeant Matt Moloney, who received a Fellowship in 2014 and travelled to Canada, the United States and New Zealand to research culturally effective responses by police to Indigenous people experiencing a mental health crisis.

Bookings are essential for the free session, which will provide valuable advice on how to put together a successful application.

For more information about Churchill Fellowships and to register for the event visit www.churchillfellowships.com.au

Fellowship applications can be made online until April 30, 2020, for travel between February 1, 2021, and January 31, 2022.