Frequently Asked Questions

The British Council has developed this prize to help more people access international education experience and networks. This is for people planning to attend an undergraduate or postgraduate programme.

This prize is currently available in: Bangladesh, Colombia, Egypt, Italy, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, the United Kingdom and Uzbekistan.

The award is £3,000 awarded to 7 winners each in the above 10 countries.

Please note:

Applications will only be considered if the chosen college and/or university require IELTS as part of their admission process.

Eligibility

Who is eligible for the IELTS Prize?

Essential eligibility criteria are that applicants must:

  • be a resident in one of the above countries
  • begin undergraduate or postgraduate study in academic year 2022/2023
  • attend a higher educational institution that accepts IELTS as part of its admission requirements
  • register for an IELTS test with the British Council between 01 May 2020 and 30 September 2021 and be able to produce a valid IELTS score in the application
  • have a minimum overall band score of 5.5 or higher
  • be able to provide an acceptance letter from the attending institution by latest 1 September 2022.
I am going to start my undergraduate course in September 2022. Can I apply for the IELTS Prize?

Yes. The IELTS Prize is for students who will begin their undergraduate or postgraduate studies in academic year 2022/2023.

I am currently in my second year of an undergraduate degree course. Can I apply for the IELTS Prize?

No. The IELTS Prize is for students who will begin their undergraduate or postgraduate studies in academic year 2022/2023.

Can I apply for the IELTS Prize if I have registered for an IELTS test and have not yet taken it or if I am currently waiting for my IELTS test results?

To qualify for the IELTS Prize, you need to register for an IELTS test with the British Council between 01 May 2020 and 30 September 2021 and be able to produce a valid IELTS score by the time you submit your application.

Can I apply if I am waiting for an acceptance letter from my university?

Yes. Only winners need to provide an acceptance letter from the university they will attend by latest 01 September 2022. This university must use IELTS scores to satisfy their English language requirements for admission.

I took an IELTS test before May 2020. Can I still use that score to apply for the IELTS Prize?

To be eligible for the IELTS Prize, you must register for an IELTS test with the British Council between 01 May 2020 and 30 September 2021.

Am I eligible for the IELTS Prize if I have obtained partial funding through another scholarship or loan scheme?

Yes, you are still eligible. However, it would be better to check with the other scholarship authority on whether they will allow you to receive the IELTS Prize at the same time.

I already have a full tuition scholarship. Am I still eligible to apply?

No, you are not eligible. If you are awarded a full tuition scholarship for 2022 after you have applied for the British Council IELTS Prize, please inform us and we will no longer consider your application.

I have a special requirement. Can I still apply?

Yes, of course. We will shortlist all applicants with special requirements provided they meet the essential eligibility criteria. This includes specific learning difficulties, hearing difficulties and visual difficulties or medical conditions.

Is the IELTS Prize available in any other country?

In addition to the above mentioned countries, IELTS Prize is also available in Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

To find out more information about IELTS Prize in those countries, please visit our IELTS Asia website.

IELTS Prize is also awarded in China, please visit IELTS Prize China website for more information.

More awards are also available in Europe. Read more about IELTS awards in Spain, Germany and Greece

Application process and timeline

What is the final date for applications to be received by British Council?

Completed online applications should be submitted by 30 September 2021 – 12 am UK GMT.

What is the application process?

Complete the IELTS Prize online application form and submit it together with uploaded copies of your:

1. British Council IELTS Test Report Form

2. Recent photograph

3. Passport or identification document proving your residency in one of the eligible countries

4. Special requirements certificate (if applicable).

Shortlisting and final selection

What is the selection process?

Applications will be reviewed against the British Council IELTS Prize eligibility criteria, the personal statement, and the IELTS score.

Award details

How will the IELTS Prize be awarded and when?

The IELTS Prize will be paid directly to you in 2022 after British Council has officially confirmed your status with the institution you are planning to attend and received proof of your valid study visa or online study.

Enquiries

How do I contact the British Council with more questions regarding the IELTS Prize?

Please contact us at ielts.marketing@britishcouncil.org for further enquiries.

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