Scholarship trips will tap international knowledge

Tamra CarrGeraldton Guardian
Depicted here is Mid West-Gascoyne District Superintendent Mike Bell. Churchill Fellowship applicants must demonstrate they have exhausted available options in Australia for learning more about their chosen topic.
Camera IconDepicted here is Mid West-Gascoyne District Superintendent Mike Bell. Churchill Fellowship applicants must demonstrate they have exhausted available options in Australia for learning more about their chosen topic. Credit: Supplied/Supplied

Residents can apply for an all-expenses paid trip overseas to investigate how a local issue is dealt with in another country and bring that knowledge back to Geraldton.

Churchill Fellowships are open to locals involved in or passionate about fields including health, drug addiction and rehabilitation, law enforcement, agriculture, education, the environment and the arts.

Locals who have previously participated in the program include Waggrakine Primary School principal Elisabeth Turner, Mid West-Gascoyne District Superintendent Mike Bell and Murchison District Director at Department of Communities, Child Protection and Family Support Belinda Wainwright.

Churchill Trust chief executive Adam Davey said program co-ordinators were this year making a concerted effort to encourage rural and regional Australians to apply. An information session will be at Geraldton Police Station on March 7.

Entry to the 5.30pm session is free but attendees must register at churchilltrust.com.au/events

Applications close on April 27.

About 100 Churchill Fellowships are awarded annually and the program has been running for more than 50 years.

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