British Council IELTS Prize (East Asia)

  • Eligibility
  • Application Timeline

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 29 July 2022

begin undergraduate or postgraduate studies at degree level in 2022/23 academic year (January 2022 to March 2023 in specific)

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 2021 and be able to produce a valid IELTS score as part of their application for the Prize

Application Process

All applications must be submitted through our online application system. The process of selecting IELTS Prize winners takes about two to three months from the application deadline. See below for an overview of the whole process:

Take IELTS with British Council and obtain a valid score

Opens April 2022

Opens April 2022


Carefully prepare your documents

Opens April 2022

Opens April 2022


Complete your online application

July 2022

15 July 2022


Local panel interview

July 2022

Mid-Late July 2022


Winners to provide Letter of Acceptance

29 July 2022

29 July 2022

Before you get started on your application

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)

Application Timeline

The process of selecting IELTS Prize winners takes approximately two to three months from the application deadline. See below for an overview of the application and selection process, and the important dates to note.

29 April 2022

Applications Open

Applications open at 6 pm (HK time). Submit your application via the online portal.

15 July 2022

Applications Close

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.

Mid July 2022


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 past winners.

Late July 2022

Interviews for Local Prizes

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by the panel for the Local Prizes.

29 July 2022

Letter of Acceptance

Winners must provide a Letter of Acceptance from their host institution by 29 July 2022.

August 2022

Notification to Winners

Winners for the local prizes will be notified via email and are required to accept the offer within one week.

September 2022

Awards Ceremony

Winners will be invited for an award ceremony.

September/October 2022

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!

IELTS Prize 2023

Who will be the next winner?

#MakeYourMark today! Application open soon.