The British Council IELTS Prize is up to £40,000 toward tuition fees for Masters study in the UK for students from eligible countries in the East Asian region.

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The Prize is awarded to high-calibre individuals with the motivation to develop their career, and who demonstrate the potential to contribute to society what they have gained from their undergraduate or postgraduate study experience.

The IELTS Prize enables students to study any chosen course in an undergraduate or postgraduate programme of a higher institution that accepts IELTS as part of its admission requirements.

At a glance

  • Funding valueUp to £40,000 toward tuition fees
  • Suitable for Applicants fromRest of World
  • Deadline30 Apr 2019
  • Funding provider(s)British Council and IELTS

What it covers

Up to £40,000 toward tuition fees

Who can apply

  • Be a permanent resident of one of the countries in the East Asia region*
  • Begin undergraduate or postgraduate study in or outside your home country in academic year 2019/20
  • Attend a higher educational institution that accepts IELTS as part of its admission requirements
  • Register for an IELTS test with the British Council on or after 1 April 2018 and be able to provide a valid IELTS score in the application form
  • Have a minimum band score of 6 in each of the four component parts of the test
  • Be able to provide an acceptance letter from the attending institution by July 2019

* East Asia region includes Hong Kong & Macau, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam



Applicable Courses

This funding opportunity is applicable to many courses, please see the 'Who can apply' section for more information.

Further information

  • Applications are initially reviewed against the British Council IELTS Prize eligibility criteria, the personal statement and IELTS score
  • Shortlisted candidates will be required to give a short presentation and be interviewed by a panel of senior managers and external raters from the higher education and/or corporate sectors.
  • Three winners from each country in the East Asia Region will each receive a Local Prize
  • The top student in each country will be shortlisted for the three Regional Prizes
  • Shortlisted candidates for the Regional Prizes will have to further attend a panel interview via video conference

How to apply

Complete the online application form on the British Council IELTS Prize website.

  1. Register for an IELTS test at a British Council authorised centre on or after 1 April 2018 and obtain a valid score.
  2. Complete an online application form and upload required documents by 6 p.m. local time on 30 April 2019.
  3. Required documents include:
    • IELTS Test Report Form
    • Recent photograph
    • Passport or identification document proofing your permanent residency in one of the eligible countries/regions
    • Disability certificate (if applicable)
  4. Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a panel interview in May 2019.
  5. The applicant with the top interview score in each country will automatically be qualified for the Regional Prize selection and will be required to attend a second panel interview in June 2019.
  6. Winners will be notified by June 2019 and must be able to provide a letter of acceptance from the institution by July 2019. Failure to provide a letter of acceptance by the deadline will result in your immediate removal from the list of winners.