The interview

The interview

Introduction

If your application is shortlisted, you will be contacted by us and asked to complete a more detailed proposal form. You will also be invited to attend a 20 minute interview with our selection panel.

Interview dates

Interviews for the next round of Fellowships starting in 2024, will take place on the following dates:

  • Arts and communities: Tuesday 23 April 2024
  • Caring for our natural environment: Thursday 9 May 2024
  • Children and young people with experience of care: Thursday 16 May 2024
  • Climate change: Tuesday 14 May 2024
  • Education in schools: Wednesday 24 April and Thursday 25 April 2024
  • Palliative and end of life care: Tuesday 7 May 2024
  • Physical activity for healthier lives: Tuesday 30 April 2024
  • Resilient economies and communities: Wednesday 8 May 2024
  • Tech for all: Thursday 9 May 2024
  • Open: Governance and public provision related applications:  Wednesday 8 May 2024
  • Open:  Community and citizenship related applications:  Wednesday 15 May 2024
  • Open:  Health and wellbeing related applications:  Thursday 16 May 2024
  • Open:  All other applications and those covering more than one universal theme:   Wednesday 1 May 2024

The interview can take place in our office in London or on Zoom. We encourage applicants to come to interview in person if they can so they can get the most out of the interview process, including meeting our expert panellists and our team. Candidates who are shortlisted for interview will be asked to let us know their preference for an in person or online interview. The panellists will be in our office together. We cover reasonable costs for applicants to travel (in economy) to London for interviews.   Please contact us at applications@churchillfellowship.org if you have any questions about what we are able to cover.

Interview format

The interview panel will comprise up to three experts in the programme area, drawn from our Advisory Council, Trustee board, partner organisations and Fellows. Members of our Programmes team will also be present.

The interview will begin with the panel asking you to talk through your proposed project for approximately three minutes, highlighting any changes since you completed your written application. You are welcome to bring your own notes for your reference into the interview but candidates are not allowed to bring in slides, demonstration objects or handouts to share with the panel. The panel will ask questions and you are welcome to ask any questions about the Fellowship.

Questions from the panel will be specific to your application and typically focus on:

  • Why overseas learning in your chosen countries would be useful for your project.
  • The difference you hope to make to your community or profession and to the UK.
  • Why you’re well placed to make this difference.
  • How you’ll share your findings to benefit others.
  • How a Fellowship would help with your personal development over the coming years.

At the end of the interview our staff team might ask questions to clarify your travel or online learning plans and budget. This is to help with setting the amount of your grant if you are awarded a Fellowship.

We strive to ensure that our application process is equitable, enabling the greatest participation. Applicants are asked in their application form to let us know if they require any reasonable adjustments at interview to reduce barriers to participation. You can read more here about our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

Interview dates

Interviews for the next round of Fellowships starting in 2024, will take place on the following dates:

  • Arts and communities: Tuesday 23 April 2024
  • Caring for our natural environment: Thursday 9 May 2024
  • Children and young people with experience of care: Thursday 16 May 2024
  • Climate change: Tuesday 14 May 2024
  • Education in schools: Wednesday 24 April and Thursday 25 April 2024
  • Palliative and end of life care: Tuesday 7 May 2024
  • Physical activity for healthier lives: Tuesday 30 April 2024
  • Resilient economies and communities: Wednesday 8 May 2024
  • Tech for all: Thursday 9 May 2024
  • Open: Governance and public provision related applications:  Wednesday 8 May 2024
  • Open:  Community and citizenship related applications:  Wednesday 15 May 2024
  • Open:  Health and wellbeing related applications:  Thursday 16 May 2024
  • Open:  All other applications and those covering more than one universal theme:   Wednesday 1 May 2024

The interview can take place in our office in London or on Zoom. We encourage applicants to come to interview in person if they can so they can get the most out of the interview process, including meeting our expert panellists and our team. Candidates who are shortlisted for interview will be asked to let us know their preference for an in person or online interview. The panellists will be in our office together. We cover reasonable costs for applicants to travel (in economy) to London for interviews.   Please contact us at applications@churchillfellowship.org if you have any questions about what we are able to cover.

Interview format

The interview panel will comprise up to three experts in the programme area, drawn from our Advisory Council, Trustee board, partner organisations and Fellows. Members of our Programmes team will also be present.

The interview will begin with the panel asking you to talk through your proposed project for approximately three minutes, highlighting any changes since you completed your written application. You are welcome to bring your own notes for your reference into the interview but candidates are not allowed to bring in slides, demonstration objects or handouts to share with the panel. The panel will ask questions and you are welcome to ask any questions about the Fellowship.

Questions from the panel will be specific to your application and typically focus on:

  • Why overseas learning in your chosen countries would be useful for your project.
  • The difference you hope to make to your community or profession and to the UK.
  • Why you’re well placed to make this difference.
  • How you’ll share your findings to benefit others.
  • How a Fellowship would help with your personal development over the coming years.

At the end of the interview our staff team might ask questions to clarify your travel or online learning plans and budget. This is to help with setting the amount of your grant if you are awarded a Fellowship.

We strive to ensure that our application process is equitable, enabling the greatest participation. Applicants are asked in their application form to let us know if they require any reasonable adjustments at interview to reduce barriers to participation. You can read more here about our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

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