ANYONE in Halton planning to travel overseas on an educational trip next year could be eligible for a grant of more than £6,000.

In 2015, The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust will be investing £1.2million in British citizens by awarding a record number of 150 travelling fellowships to mark its 50th anniversary.

This will 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.

The application process for travel in 2015 is now open, and there are 11 varied categories in which people can apply.

Successful applicants must demonstrate the commitment, character and 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.

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

Employers often also see great benefits with employees returning with new knowledge, skills and ideas to share with others within the organisation.

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 more than £6000, covering return airfare, daily living costs, insurance and travel within the countries being visited, for approximately six weeks overseas.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established shortly after Sir Winston’s death in 1965, as his national memorial and living legacy. Since then it has awarded moer than 4,820 travelling fellowships, with fellows making outstanding contributions in areas as diverse as dementia support, gang culture, nursing, virtual business, farming, sport, maritime safety and dry stone walling.

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The deadline for the 2015 applications is 5pm on September 23, 2014.