British Council Research Fellowships Available At The University of Edinburgh. Apply Today!

Program Details

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 (see ‘Eligibility’ section below). 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 Council.

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. 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 programme.



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.

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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.

Research 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.


Assessment criteria

The British Council and IASH are holding an online Q&A session for interested applicants on Tuesday 21 May, from 13.00 to 14.00 UK time via Zoom Webinar.

Register for the session here .

The session will be recorded. We encourage you to register for the session, even if you can’t attend, as this will give you access to the recorded session afterwards.

Further details and how to apply

Visit the IASH website  from 29 April for full application guidelines, detailed eligibility criteria, and details of the bursary and other support provided as part of the fellowship.

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.

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Any questions?

Contact: Researchglobal@britishcouncil.org

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