The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) was established in 1965. Sir Winston Churchill believed that world peace and greater international understanding could be promoted through ordinary people travelling to other countries and experiencing other cultures.
Each year by awarding Churchill Fellowships, the WCMT provides ordinary New Zealanders with extraordinary opportunities. Churchill Fellowships assist New Zealanders to travel overseas, to learn from others and study topics that will help them to increase their contribution to the community, and advance their trade, industry, profession or business. Fellows return to New Zealand with inspiration, new networks, and knowledge that supports and develops their leadership skills within their field of interest.
The year 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill and the establishment of the Trust. Since 1965, over 800 Fellowships and learning opportunities have been awarded to New Zealanders. Recipients must submit a full report on their project within six months of their return to New Zealand. These reports are reviewed by Trustees and are published here.