Overseas research grants for innovations in UK emergency services
New ideas for improving the UK’s emergency services will be supported with overseas research grants available to all UK citizens. These have been launched in response to the recent spate of emergency incidents, whether terrorist events, natural disasters or mass casualty events such as the Grenfell fire.
A new category of Churchill Fellowships will be devoted to ‘Emergency Services: crisis prevention, response and recovery’. These are travel grants that fund 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 Services category.
Julia Weston, Chief Executive of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, said:
“Incidents like the Grenfell fire and the Manchester Arena shooting have put our emergency services under increasing pressure, both professionally and personally. We’re launching a dedicated series of Churchill Fellowships to bring new ideas from overseas to help with these demands.
“We’re looking for people at all levels of the emergency services and related organisations who are inspired to seek new ideas and keen to make change happen.”
The Emergency Services category will fund Fellows to explore new thinking for emergency services in the widest sense – whether fire and rescue, police, emergency medicine, flood defences, infrastructure, transport, aftermath management and more. The ideas might be for operational issues or for support of service personnel.
Churchill Fellows are funded to research new ideas overseas for 4-8 weeks, in topics and countries of their own choice, with the aim of gaining fresh perspectives and insights that can make a difference to their community or profession back home. Examples of past Fellows who have explored emergency issues are here.
Applications can be made online at www.wcmt.org.uk. Deadline for applications is 18th September 2018.
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, visit wcmt.org.uk. Deadline for applications is 18th September 2018 for travel in 2019.
For more information please visit: www.wcmt.org.uk