Funding for Early Career Researchers in South Asia and UK

Funding for Early Career Researchers in South Asia and UK

Funding for Early Career Researchers in South Asia and UK

The British Council Small-Scale Research Project Scheme is seeking applications to provide funding (up to £5,000) for early career researchers in the UK and countries in South Asia to work collaboratively on a joint research project.

The duration of the research project should be between 6 and 12 months.

The scheme aims to provide early career researchers with the opportunity to gain skills and experience in conducting research internationally. It also aims to prepare researchers to form consortiums and apply for grants provided by funding agencies and international institutions.

The context of the research should be in the South Asia region i.e. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.

Priority Areas

The theme of the collaborative research project should be related to one of the South Asia science priority areas:


For example, water resource management, water health and sanitation, water cooperation and diplomacy in South Asia.

Mental health

For example, child developmental disabilities, mental health and resilience.

Global health

For example, South Asia global health, migration and health, refugees.

Eligibility Criteria

  • A partnership must be formed between a UK university/research institute and a university/research institute in one of the following South Asian countries: Afghanistan,
  • Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. The UK university/research institute, also known as the Lead Institution, will receive and manage the funding for the research project.
  • An early career researcher from each university/research institute must be appointed to carry out the research project. The early career researchers should be at the beginning of their research careers and to have been awarded their PhD not more than 10 years prior to applying for the grant. Allowances can be made for career breaks or other extenuating circumstances. Final year PhD students are also eligible to apply.
  • A senior researcher from each university/research institute must be appointed to be responsible for the oversight and progress of the research project.
  • The British Council Child Protection Policy applies for research projects involving children.

    Applications are submitted through the online application form.

    Apply by July 31.

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