New funding to fuel designer-maker overseas ambitions


The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust will be investing £1.34 million in British citizens, by awarding up to 150 Travelling Fellowships in 2016.

This 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.

Jewellery designers can apply via the Crafts and Makers category for the chance to develop their skills abroad.

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This is a unique opportunity to be funded to travel overseas to meet others in the same specialism, in order to share ideas, innovations and, in some cases, to build upon skills that are dying out in the UK, in order to preserve their craft.

The Trust is collaborating with Heritage Crafts Association for the second year.

Anyone practicing or supporting those working in the Heritage Crafts, such as crafts people, members of a group, society or guild, and anyone who cares about traditional craft skills, is encouraged to 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.

It is said a travelling sabbatical for people with the drive, determination and desire to help others, can further their leadership and role model abilities.

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 six weeks overseas.

The deadline for the 2016 applications is 5pm September 22 2015. Click here to apply.


Picture credit: Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

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