Who can apply?
To be eligible for the IELTS Prize, applicants must:
be a permanent resident in one of the countries/territories in the East Asia region*
attend a higher educational institution that accepts IELTS as part of its admission requirements
be able to provide a Letter of Acceptance from the host university by 2 July 2020
begin undergraduate or postgraduate studies at degree level in 2020/21 academic year
have a minimum band score of 6 in each of the four component parts of the test
register for an IELTS test with the British Council on, or after, 1 April 2019 and be able to produce a valid IELTS score as part of their application for the Prize
All applications must be submitted through our online application system. The process of selecting IELTS Prize winners takes less than three (3) months from the application deadline. See below for an overview of the whole process:
Take IELTS with British Council and obtain a valid scoreOpens December 2019
Opens December 2019
Carefully prepare your documentsOpens December 2019
Opens December 2019
Complete your online applicationApril 2020
Local & Regional panel interviewsJune 2020
Winners to provide Letter of AcceptanceJuly 2020
Previous applicants commented that it takes them less than 30 minutes to complete their applications. You will be able to save your progress on the application form using your unique link for application. Before you get started, have these documents with you:
a scanned copy of your passport / identification document that proves your permanent residency in one of the eligible countries/territories*
a soft copy of a recent passport-sized photograph
your IELTS Test Report Form Haven’t taken IELTS? Book your test now
a Disability Certificate (if applicable)
The process of selecting IELTS Prize winners takes approximately three months from the application deadline. See below for an overview of the application and selection process, and the important dates to note.
1st December 2019
Applications open at 9am (local time). Submit your application
via the online portal.
29th May 2020
Applications close at 6pm (HK time). Late submissions will not be considered. As we anticipate heavy traffic on the application portal during the last day of the application period, please do not wait until the last minute to submit your application.
EARLY June 2020
We will shortlist eligible applicants based on their personal statement and invite them to interview. To prepare for your interview, draw some inspiration from the
Mid June 2020
Interviews for Local Prizes
Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by the panel for the Local Prizes.
Mid June 2020
Interviews for Regional Prizes
Top applicants in each country will be shortlisted to attend an interview for the Regional Prize.
Notification to Winners
Winners for the regional and local prizes will be notified via email and are required to accept the offer within one week.
2nd July 2020
Letter of Acceptance
Winners must provide a Letter of Acceptance from their host institution by 2 July 2020.
Winners will be invited for an award ceremony,
Your study journey begins
Winners’ study journeys kick off and, as British Council IELTS Ambassadors, winners will be inspiring other individuals in the East Asia region to pursue their dreams!