Do you want to travel and learn how to better the countryside or horse welfare? Applications are currently being sought for the Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowships of 2008.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was specifically set up to offer British citizens the chance to undertake a project overseas and feed their experience and learnings back to the UK.

“The projects can be about anything, it’s a really wide scope, so long as whatever they learn can be useful back here,” said the Trust’s Sue Matthews.

Some 100 Fellowships are awarded each year — and proposals this year are invited from field workers, countryside rangers, vets and others involved in the field of animal welfare. The Trust is also anxious to hear from a very broad spectrum of those involved in any form of business in the countryside.

So far two projects have been horse-related. In 1974, farmer Domini Morgan travelled to Europe for her Fellowship which was entitled “The training of dressage riders and horses”. And in 1986, veterinary surgery lecturer Ian M Wright travelled to the US to study the biomechanics of the distal limb of horses.

Grants awarded to Fellows covers return airfare, daily living, insurance, travel within the countries being visited and, in exceptional cases, some assistance with home expenses. Projects undertaken are specifically between six to eight weeks.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust has been running since 1966 and has around 4,000 fellows.

For more information, visit www.wcmt.org.uk