The British Council has opened its IELTS Prize to students who plan to begin undergraduate or postgraduate studies locally or overseas in the 2020/21 academic year.

Applications are being accepted until 30 April 2020. The winners will be announced in July 2020. For more details, please visit https://www.ieltsasia.org/ieltsprize. 

Three motivated students from Indonesia will share local prizes, amounting to IDR 270 million (USD 20,000), and three outstanding winners in the East Asia region will be awarded regional prizes, totalling up to IDR 1 billion. 

Eligible countries/territories include: Hong Kong & Macau, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

A passion to contribute to society

The British Council IELTS Prize encourages applicants to pursue their dreams in any discipline they desire. Essential eligibility criteria require that applicants a) hold a minimum band score of 6 in each of the four components of an IELTS test taken with British Council in the East Asia region after 1 April 2019, and b) intend to pursue undergraduate or postgraduate studies locally or abroad at degree level in the 2020/21 academic year at a tertiary institution that accepts IELTS as part of its admission requirements. Shortlisting and interviewing will take place in June 2020. The selection panel will award the IELTS Prize to individuals who show a passion to contribute to society with knowledge and skills they will gain from their studies. 

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Trish Thomson, Regional Marketing Director, East Asia, said in a statement:

The British Council IELTS Prize (East Asia) is bestowed on young scholars from diverse backgrounds who strive to achieve their study dreams. As an organisation that offers life-changing opportunities through delivering millions of exams annually, we are delighted to support these exceptional individuals to pursue higher education abroad, expand their understanding of the world, and return with new knowledge, improved confidence and fresh insights to serve their home country.

270 test takers awarded

Since its launch in 2011, over 270 IELTS test takers have been awarded the IELTS Prize, pursuing tertiary education in destinations abroad, including the UK, US, Canada, Australia, France and Singapore in disciplines ranging from Medicine, Engineering, Science, and Business Management to Public Communication, Media, Performance, and many more. 

Dillon, Chew Wei Xuan, the Regional Grand Prize 2018/19 winner, currently a first year Biotechnology student at the University of Cambridge (UK), notes:

Studying abroad has always been a dream of mine. The British Council IELTS Prize has enabled me to fly the nest and experience the intellectually stimulating and engaging education the University of Cambridge has to offer. I am thrilled to have met lots of like-minded people from all over the world, to share our different interests and experiences, and discuss a wide range of exciting topics from Science to Politics, with English as a common language.

Source: British Council