The action research grant scheme supports teacher educators and academics as they mentor a small group of English language teachers through classroom-based research projects, in the area of multilingual teaching. This scheme aims to build the institutional capacity to conduct action research and create an environment and framework that enables teachers to:

  • try out different approaches and ideas
  • develop their reflective practice
  • make choices and decisions about their teaching styles
  • develop their confidence
  • improve their student learning

We are inviting applications from institutes/organisations across in India, specialising in the area of English Language Teaching.

Grant amount: GBP 10,000

Application deadline: Friday 15 March 2024 by midnight India time


The topics for research will fall under the following themes –

  1. Curriculum development in multilingual education
  2. Teaching English in a multilingual classroom
  3. Minority languages and multilingualism in the classroom
  4. Assessments for multilingual classrooms
  5. Use of edtech to teach multilingual classrooms
  6. Multilingualism and climate action

Who can apply

The Action Research Mentoring Scheme is designed to support teacher educators and academics as they mentor a small group of English language teachers through classroom-based research projects.


  • ELT institutes/ universities/ NGOs/ government entities who can conduct action research with teachers who are currently teaching English in government primary or secondary schools in India. Please note that the grant will not be given to individual/s (teachers/teacher educators/ mentors)
  • Concept has a relevant and specific issue in line with the themes outlined.
  • Project plan is clear and realistic.
  • Themes or issues related to gender, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and climate change are appropriately included in the project plan.
  • Applying institutions have the required permissions to undertake this research.
  • Applying institutions have the needed FCRA documentation to receive funds from British Council. 


  • Applying institutions must have some prior experience of conducting action research in their contexts.
  • Experience of working in the Indian government school and higher education sector
  • Experience of working in the area of policy related to multilingual education in similar contexts to India.
  • Knowledge and expertise in English Language teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Experience of working with international organisations undertaking similar research projects and track record of delivering outputs on similar projects

How to apply

Applicants should fill the below application pack that forms part of the call and submit it to 

Application documents should include:

  • Proposal response
  • Budget 

Application deadline: Friday 15 March 2024 by midnight India time.

Applications submitted after this date may not be considered by the reviewing panel.

For questions, please email by Monday 11 March 2024.

Subject line for applications: Action Research Mentoring Scheme (ARMS), 2024-2025, India

Selection criteria

Applications will be reviewed by a panel from the British Council. This will be evaluated as set out below:

  1. Applications will be checked to ensure that they have been completed correctly and all necessary information has been provided.
  2. Applications should correctly complete all relevant information being provided and all mandatory requirements as outlined in the proposal
  3. A scoring matrix will be used to evaluate the applications.  The principles underlying the assessment of applications will be: 
  • All questions on the application form are answered
  • The proposed research project provides a clear rationale of the research project being undertaken and the objectives of the research.
  • The project implementation plan is clear and mentions the research outputs, outcomes and timelines.
  • A rational budget plan is provided stating the costs required to conduct the research.