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  • Writer's pictureOmran Aburayya

British Council 90th Anniversary Research Fellowships at the University of Edinburgh 2025

Attention Fellows! Applications are now open for

As The British Council celebrate their 90th anniversary in 2024, they announced a new research partnership with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh.

Two 12-month fellowships starting in January 2025 will be offered – open to postdoctoral researchers based in any ODA (Official Development Assistance) recipient country where the British Council operates.

See the list of eligible countries on the official website.


British Council Anniversary Fellowship Benefits:

  • 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.


Who can apply?

Applications are welcome from ODA-recipient countries where the British Council operates. Applicants must also have been awarded a doctorate at the time of application, and normally within the last seven years (i.e. you should have graduated between 2017 and 2024, although earlier graduates may be eligible if they have taken significant career breaks since completing their doctorate.

Assessment Criteria:

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.


Subject Focus:

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 power, international development and peace building, and cultural relations and cultural diplomacy.

To Read more about subject Focus and objectives, Visit the IASH website


Application procedure

The closing date for the receipt of the first round of applications (for visits from January 2025) is 23:59 BST on 26 July 2024.

Decisions will be communicated in September.

The application form

Please complete the online application form here.

Any additional supporting documents connected with an application should be emailed to (


  • In addition to the application form, a minimum of two and a maximum of three confidential references are required, and a cover letter outlining how the Fellowship will support the British Council’s objectives for this programme.

  • Applicants should ask their referees to email their reference to the Director at ( by 26 July 2024. If references are not received by this date, your application cannot be considered.

  • Referees should comment on the nature and quality of the research proposal, as well as on the qualifications of the applicant. One referee should certify the successful viva (defence) and final examination of the candidate’s PhD thesis.


Links Summary:

Full application guidelines, detailed eligibility criteria, and details of the bursary and other support provided as part of the fellowship, visit the website below:


Online application form:

For questions, contact the following email:


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