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British Council Research Fellowship Program 2024

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Great news for candidates who want to study in England. British Council at the event of its 90th Anniversary has announced the Research Fellowship Program for International Students. British Council Partnering with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh is offering a Research Fellowship Program. This is a 12-month fellowship Program in which selected fellows partner with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh. British Council Research Fellowship will be started in January 2025.

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British Council and its Partner institute will select the two most extraordinary post-doctoral fellows who are interested in collaborating and joining the research program at the IASH Institute for the academic year 2024. British Council will select the postdoctoral researchers based in any ODA (Official Development Assistance) recipient country where the British Council operates. This is a three-year partnership. Over the coming years, additional rounds of fellowships – starting in January 2026 and January 2027 – will be awarded as part of the same program.

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Multiple benefits will be provided to the successful fellows and they will get the stipend, round fare air tickets, and multiple other benefits which are for the encouragement of the selected candidates. These fellowships are intended to support research that is aligned with the overarching vision of the British Council (“a more peaceful and prosperous world built on trust”) and the purpose outlined in our strategy. Candidates are advised to read the full instructions before applying at the Research Fellowship Program.


ProgramResearch Fellowship Program
OrgnizationBritish Council
InstituteUniversity of Edinburgh
GenderNo preference
CoverageFully Funded
Ageno limitation
Registration Started21 April
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List of Eligible Countries:

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Bosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBrazil
 India Indonesia Iraq
 Jamaica Jordan Kazakhstan
 Kenya Kosovo Laos
 Lebanon Libya Malawi
 Malaysia Mauritius Mexico
 Montenegro Morocco Mozambique
 Myanmar Namibia Nepal
Nigeria  North Macedonia Pakistan
 Peru Philippines Rwanda
 Senegal Serbia Sierra Leone
 South Africa South Sudan Sri Lanka
 Sudan Syria Tanzania
 Thailand Tunisia Türkiye
 Uganda UkraineUzbekistan 
VenezuelaViet NamOccupied Palestinian Territories
YemenZambia  Zimbabwe
Eligible Countries


The selected fellows will get the following benefits offer by the British Council and University of Edinburgh in UK: Also Check Miami University scholarships

  • Research visit at the University of Edinburgh for ten months, followed by up to two months based in their home countries focused on knowledge exchange and dissemination
  • Bursary of £2,500 per month for 12 months
  • Dedicated office space, University e-mail and library access
  • A University mentor from an area relevant to the Fellows’ research interests
  • Weekly Fellows’ Lunch to build community
  • Collegial work-in-progress seminar series for testing new ideas
  • Calendar of engaging events at the Institute and College
  • Opportunities to participate in and design funded workshops, colloquia, etc at the Institute

Research Topic:

Research topics should be relevant to the areas of priority across Arts, Education and the English language that are outlined in our strategy, and to areas of cross-cutting strategic British Council interest such as international relations and soft powerinternational development and peace building, and cultural relations and cultural diplomacy.

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Eligibility Criteria:

The candidates need to meet the following criteria for the eligibility of the British Council Research Fellowship Program:

  • Applications from ODA-recipient countries where the British Council operates (see the list above).
  • Applicants must also have been awarded a doctorate at the time of application, and normally within the last seven years (i.e. candidates should have graduated between 2017 and 2024, although earlier graduates may be eligible if they have taken significant career breaks since completing their doctorate
  • if Candidates have not yet graduated, you must be able to produce a transcript, testamur, or a letter of completion/eligibility to graduate as part of your application
  • Candidates do not need to have actually graduated at the time you apply).
  • Candidates should not have held a permanent position at a university, or a previous Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.
  • Those who have held temporary and/or short-term appointments are eligible to apply.
  • If Candidates have taken parental leave or other time away from academia, this will not count towards the three-year limit, but Institute will ask that you provide brief details of why and for how long you were not working.

Assesmen Criteria:

Applications will be considered by an assessment panel comprised of University of Edinburgh and British Council staff. Western Union Online Fellowship Program

Assessment will take account of the extent to which candidates meet the following criteria:

  • A research and/or professional background and academic record that relates to broad thematic remit of the programme, outlined above.
  • A research proposal with clear potential to support the British Council’s objectives for the programme, outlined above.
  • Demonstrable experience of engaging non-academic audiences and stakeholders in research (e.g. through engagement with policy makers, practitioners, artists or other public audiences).
  • A clear commitment to knowledge exchange and dissemination as part of the fellowship and beyond the timeframe of the fellowship itself, based on the networks, insights and learnings developed through their research.

Application Timeline:

  • Applications for the Brtish Council Research Program will be open on 29 April 2024
  • Online Question Answer will be done on 21st May 2024 for the brief introduction
  • Applications will be closed on 26 July 2024
  • At the end of August the final candidates will be selected
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How to Apply:

Candidates are advised to apply online for the British Council and Edinburgh Fellowship Program:

  • Fill out the online Application Form
  •   Candidates must have contacted staff at the University of Edinburgh before making your application. Their main collaborator/mentor should be named in the form below. If you list a member of staff at another university as your mentor / collaborator, your application will be rejected.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to make contact with staff at the University of Edinburgh and to gain their agreement to act as mentor, but they do not need to provide a letter of support or reference.
  • Candidiates must ensure that your referees submit their references to by the deadline. Applications without references will not be considered.

British Council Official Website for the Research Fellowship Program

University of Edinburgh official website for the Research Fellowship Program
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