The prizes are divided into regional prizes and local prizes:
- Grand Prize: First year of tuition fee up to GBP 40,000
- Second Prize: GBP 10,000
- Third Prize: GBP 5,000
* Actual amount depends on the university’s first year tuition fee of the winner
- Three prizes: GBP 2,000 each
The prizes are available to applicants from Hong Kong/Macau, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Since its implementation in 2011, over 80 outstanding students have been awarded the IELTS Prize to pursue tertiary education in their desired destinations, such as the UK, US, Canada, and Australia. IELTS Prize winners studied a range of programmes, including Medicine, International Relations and Engineering Science to History, Public Communication and Performance, and many more.
Applications for the 2017/18 IELTS Prize are now open to students who are permanent residents of the East Asia region and will pursue undergraduate or postgraduate studies locally or abroad in 2018 in a tertiary institution that accepts IELTS as part of its admission requirements. Applicants must hold a minimum band score of 6 in each of the four component parts of an IELTS test taken with British Council from 1 April 2017 onwards. The deadline for applications is 30 April 2018. For details and application, click here.
Steve Adams, Director Examinations British Council, East Asia, said:
British Council is delighted to support outstanding young scholars from a range of backgrounds achieve their dreams of pursuing higher education abroad, expand their understanding of the world, and then return home with new knowledge, improved confidence and fresh insights.
Sue Yen Chong, the Regional Grand Prize Winner 2016/17 from Malaysia, currently a first year Architecture student at the University of Bath, notes:
I am extremely grateful to the British Council and IELTS for granting me with this priceless opportunity of pursuing Architecture abroad. This has been a lifelong dream because what better way can there be to broaden my perspectives than by immersing myself in a totally unfamiliar culture, rich with architectural history. This prize means so much more to me than just relieving a financial burden and helping me to bridge my aspirations and reality. It is also a testament to the enormous support from organisations - such as British Council - for the education of students like me.
Source: British Council