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The British Council is delighted to announce the launch of a new award scheme in 2019-20 for Indian academics and researchers in the field of English Language Teaching (ELT). 

The purpose of this scheme is to:

  • Facilitate and strengthen the production of high quality research from India relevant to the Indian ELT community. 
  • Investigate and document current ELT theories and practices in India using robust research methodology.
  • Improve access of ELT policy makers and professionals worldwide to high quality and relevant research from India. 
  • Facilitate and encourage the establishment and maintenance of active research links between ELT professionals and policy makers in India.


Any person(s) resident in India and professionally involved in English language teaching with an affiliation to an educational institution in India.

This scheme is not intended to fund PhD studies or similar research leading to an academic degree.

We encourage collaboration with other academics/ researchers in the field of ELT. 

Research focus

Desirable areas of focus are:

  1. Assessment (of English and 21st-century skills)
  2. Harnessing technology for the teaching and learning of English (online / MOOCs / self-access / blended)
  3. English for specific purposes and 21st-century skills for employability
  4. Teacher education and development
  5. Inclusive education practices for the teaching and learning of English
  6. Using multilingual practices for the teaching and learning of English

but applications need not be confined to these areas. Preference will be given to studies rooted in the local ELT context and practice with potential to contribute something to the field of ELT in India and builds towards enhancing our wider understanding of ELT contexts, practices and community.

There is a requirement for a clear research output in a form that could be shared publicly and without cost throughout the world (see the resulting research papers here). In addition to this output, researchers will be encouraged to publish further outputs elsewhere, for example in peer-reviewed journals and at conferences.

The research must not have already taken place or be under way.

Funding is for a period of one year. This scheme is not intended to fund the field work of PhD candidates or similar research leading to an academic degree. We define research as original investigation undertaken in order to gain knowledge and understanding.

Selection criteria

The following criteria will be employed in the selection of awardees:

  • The potential impact of the research on ELT practice in India and beyond.
  • The relevance of the project and research output to ELT professionals.
  • The quality of the research design and the qualifications and experience of the researcher(s).
  • The amount of funding requested and proportion of funding from other sources.
  • The proposal's contribution to the aims of the scheme.

A panel of external ELT specialists and British Council staff will evaluate each proposal against the criteria described above coupled with the realism of the research project costing. An interview may be requested for certain cases.

Awards are available for amounts starting from GBP 500 up to a maximum of GBP 2500, payable in INR.

Mentor support

Support given to successful applicants over the 12-month period will include:

  • Face-to-face induction with an ELT specialist and British Council Senior Academic Manager
  • Monthly webinars facilitated by the ELT specialist and/or British Council Senior Academic Manager
  • Participation in a digital community of practice
  • Presenting research findings at a conference

Is there any support for the application process?

Yes! We ran a webinar on January 29 at 7:30 pm  to help guide interested individuals through the application process. The webinar was recorded and you can find the link to it on the top right hand box of this page. The webinar took attendees through the application form looking at the different sections and what type of information is needed to ensure your application is successful. Attendees also had an opportunity to ask questions about the scheme and how it works and to clarify any doubts. Please give the webinar a listen if you're planning to apply.