Media release from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

14 December 2006

Australia-China Council Funding for Churchill Fellowship

The Australia-China Council will boost funding for scholarships next year through sponsoring a Churchill Fellowship in 2007 for an Australian to undertake a project in mainland China, Hong Kong or Taiwan. 

For outstanding people of their field this will be the pre-eminent fellowship for China offered by the Australia-China Council for 2007.  The project may be in any area of endeavour and should aim to enhance people-to-people links and mutual understanding between Australia and Greater China.

Australia-China Council Chair, Professor Mark Wainwright said, “There is much to learn in China; whether it is undertaking advanced materials research or learning about ancient ceramic glazes, the fellowship will create a wonderful opportunity for the successful candidate.”

The Churchill Trust awards up to one hundred Churchill Fellowship each year to Australians which provides awardees with the opportunity to investigate a project overseas.  Since the trust was established over 3000 Australians have been awarded fellowships.

Churchill Fellowships are usually of eight weeks duration and have an average value of $25,000 including airfares and an overseas living allowance.  The Australia-China Council may also award additional funding of up to $15,000 for longer or more complex projects, bringing the total support of the fellowship up to $40,000.

All applicants for the inaugural Australia-China Council Churchill Fellowship will also be automatically considered for the regular Churchill Fellowships.  Full details of the application process are available on the Churchill Trust website at www.churchilltrust.com.au.

The Australia-China Council plays a crucial role in cross-cultural and education programs and enjoys strong ties with Australia’s large, diverse and long-standing Chinese Community.

The Council’s biggest single category of spending is currently on scholarships and youth exchange programmes.  The Council’s other major initiatives include funding for Australian Studies in China, cultural exchanges and residency programs.

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