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What is the British Council IELTS Prize?

The British Council has developed this prize to help more people access international education experience and networks. This is for people planning to attend an undergraduate or postgraduate programme in or outside their home country. There are two levels of award. Three winners from each country in the East Asia region* will each receive a Local Prize. Three students with the highest scores from the whole of the East Asia region* will each receive a Regional Prize.

* East Asia region includes Hong Kong & Macau, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam 

Who is eligible for the IELTS Prize?

  • Be a permanent resident in one of the above countries in the East Asia region*
  • Begin undergraduate or postgraduate study in 2017 (academic year)
  • Attend a higher educational institution that accepts IELTS as part of its admission requirements
  • Register for an IELTS test with the British Council on or after 1 April 2016 and be able to produce a valid IELTS score in the application form
  • Have a minimum band score of 6 in each of the four component parts of the test
  • Be able to provide an acceptance letter from the attending institution by 30 June 2017

I am going to start my undergraduate course in September 2016. Can I apply for the IELTS Prize?

No. The IELTS Prize 2016/17 is for students who will begin their undergraduate or postgraduate studies in 2017 (academic year).

I am currently in my second year of an undergraduate degree course. Can I apply for the IELTS Prize?

No. The IELTS Prize 2016/17 is for students who will begin their undergraduate or postgraduate studies in 2017 (academic year).

Can I apply for the IELTS Prize if I have registered for an IELTS test and have not yet taken it or if I am currently waiting for my IELTS test results?

To qualify for the IELTS Prize, you need to register for an IELTS test with the British Council on or after 1 April 2016 and be able to produce a valid IELTS score by the time you submit your application.

Can I apply if I am waiting for an acceptance letter from my university?

Yes. Only winners need to provide an acceptance letter from the university they will attend by 30 June 2017. This university must use IELTS scores to satisfy their English language requirements for admission.

I took an IELTS test in 2015. Can I still use that score to apply for the IELTS Prize?

To be eligible for the IELTS prize 2016/17, you must register for an IELTS test with the British Council on or after 1 April 2016.

I didn’t take my IELTS test at the British Council or a British Council attached IELTS centre. Can I still apply?

No. As this is a British Council IELTS Prize, an essential eligibility criterion is that you have taken your IELTS test with us.

Am I eligible for the IELTS Prize if I have obtained partial funding through another scholarship or loan scheme?

Yes, you are still eligible. However, it would be better to check with the other scholarship authority that they allow you to receive the IELTS Prize at the same time.

I already have a full tuition scholarship. Am I still eligible to apply?

No, you are not eligible. If you are awarded a full tuition scholarship for 2017 after you have applied for the British Council IELTS Prize, please inform us and we will no longer consider your application.

I have a disability. Can I still apply?

Yes, of course. We will short-list ALL applicants with a disability provided they meet the essential eligibility criteria. In line with the UK Disability Discrimination Act 1995, we define a person as having a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

What is the final date for applications to be received by British Council?

Completed application forms should be sent by email to IELTSPrize@britishcouncil.org and must reach the British Council by 6 p.m. local time on 28 February 2017.

What is the application process?

1. Register for an IELTS test at a British Council authorised centre on or after 1 April 2016 and obtain a valid score.
2. Download and fill in the IELTS Prize Application Form. Email the completed application form with a copy of your IELTS Test Report Form to IELTSPrize@britishcouncil.org using “IELTS Prize 201617_your country name_your name” as the email subject.
3. Completed application forms must reach the British Council by 6 p.m. local time on 28 February 2017.
4. Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a panel interview in April 2017 for the Local Prize.
5. The applicant with the top score in each country will automatically be qualified for the Regional Prize selection and will be required to attend a second panel interview in May 2017.
6. Winners will be notified by June 2017 and must be able to provide a letter of acceptance from the institution by 30 June 2017. Failure to provide this by deadline will result in your immediate removal from the list of winners.

Where do I send my completed application?

Completed application forms should be sent by email to IELTSPrize@britishcouncil.org and must reach the British Council by 6 p.m. local time on 28 February 2017.

I will not be in my home country during the interview period (April 2017). Can telephone / Skype interviews be arranged or can I take the interview in another British Council office?

All interviews will be face to face and will take place in the country where you submit your application. If you are shortlisted and are unable to attend the interview, your application will no longer be considered.

What is the selection process?

Shortlisting will be carried out by a panel of British Council staff. The panel will use the personal statement on the application form for shortlisting purposes so applicants should carefully check the task completion criteria on the application form. All applicants with a disability will automatically be shortlisted provided that they meet essential eligibility criteria. The final winning students will be chosen by a panel of senior managers and/or external raters from the higher education and/or corporate sectors. The panel will decide on the Local Prize winners based on a presentation and interview.
The top student in each country will automatically be qualified to compete for the Regional Prizes in East Asia, where they will need to attend a further interview with a regional panel via video conferencing in May 2017. Students will only be awarded one prize. Regional Prize winners will not get the Local Prize at the same time.

How will the prize be awarded and when?

The prize will be paid directly to you in August-September 2017 after the British Council has officially confirmed your status with the university you are planning to attend.

How do I contact the British Council examinations team with more questions?

Please contact your local British Council office for further enquiries.
British Council Yangon Tel +95 (1) 370 933/ 254658/ 256290/ 256291
enquiries@mm.britishcouncil.org