British Council Research Fellowships at University of Edinburgh 2024

As we celebrate our 90th anniversary in 2024, we are delighted to announce a new research partnership with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh.

We are awarding two 12-month fellowships starting in January 2025 – open to postdoctoral researchers based in any ODA (Official Development Assistance) recipient country where the British Council operates 

Fellows will spend the first ten months of their fellowships at IASH, followed by up to two months based in their home countries focused on knowledge exchange and dissemination in collaboration with the British Counci

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The British Council is a British organisation specialising in international educational and cultural opportunities. It is registered as a charity both in England and Wales and Scotland. Founded in 1934 as the British Committee for Relations with Other Countries, and granted a royal charter by King George VI in 1940, the British Council was inspired by Sir Reginald ("Rex") Leeper's recognition of the importance of "cultural propaganda" in promoting British interests. Its "sponsoring department" within the United Kingdom Government is the Foreign and Commonwealt... continue reading

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British Council Fellowship

Aim and Benefits of British Council Fellowship

The fellowship provides a bursary of £2,500 per month and travel expenses as well as desk space, library access and academic mentoring as part of the vibrant scholarly community of visiting fellows at IASH.

Fellows will also be expected to engage closely with the British Council throughout their fellowships (including visits to UK offices), with the option to spend time in a British Council office in their home country as part of the knowledge exchange component of the fellowship.


In addition to proposing research and outputs in line with the above thematic remit, applicants should use the cover letter that is required as part of the application process to outline how their Fellowship would support the following British Council objectives for the programme.

  • To generate new knowledge that builds on or complements British Council data, evidence, insight and expertise and supports British Council programming and strategy.
  • To diversify and broaden the British Council’s knowledge base, including through providing opportunities for knowledge exchange with researchers from regions and communities under-represented in global research production and discourse.
  • To support the international capacity building and professional development of up-and-coming research experts from eligible countries.
  • To foster longer-term connections, networks and partnerships between UK and international researchers and British Council staff.
  • To promote the academic engagement and professional networking of British Council staff and partners.
  • To enhance the visibility, use and application of the data, evidence and other forms of knowledge and insight generated through the British Council’s programmes and network.
  • To contribute more broadly to the UK research and skills agenda (including the UK Research and Development Roadmap and the Research England Knowledge Exchange Framework).

Requirements for British Council Fellowship Qualification

These are early-career fellowships, meaning applicants must be within seven years of completion of their PhD.

Applicants must be based in an ODA recipient country in which the British Council operates, and should be qualified to undertake postdoctoral level research for the fellowship.

Interview date, Process and Venue for British Council Fellowship

Applications will be considered by an assessment panel comprised of University of Edinburgh and British Council staff.

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 and fellowship timetable

29 April, 10.00 UK time Application window opens
21 May, 13.00 UK time Online Q&A session 
26 July, 23.59 UK time Application deadline
End August 2024 Candidate selection
January 2025 Fellowship start
January to October 2025 Fellowship placement at IASH, University of Edinburgh
November to December 2025 Knowledge exchange and dissemtnation with British Council

Application Deadline

June 26, 2024

How to Apply

Note: as requested above, applicants should use the cover letter that is required as part of their application to outline how their fellowship will support the British Council’s objectives for the programme.

For more details, visit British Council website.

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