Frequently Asked Questions

While we strive to simplify the application process as much as possible, we understand you may have questions regarding the eligibility criteria, selection process, and more! You can find answers to the most commonly asked questions below.

Eligibility

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 2019 and be able to produce a valid IELTS score by the time you submit your application.

I took an IELTS test in 2018. Can I still use that score to apply for the IELTS Prize?

No, unfortunately not. To be eligible for the IELTS Prize 2019/20, you must take an IELTS test with the British Council on or after 1 April 2019.

I didn’t take my IELTS test at the British Council or a British Council affiliated 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.

I took an IELTS test with the British Council on or after 1 April 2019. However, the British Council test centre that I took the test at is not in the East Asia region*. Am I eligible to apply for the IELTS Prize?

No. The British Council IELTS Prize is only for students who hold a permanent residency in the East Asia region* and have taken a test with the British Council in the East Asia region* on or after 1 April 2019.

I took an IELTS test with the British Council in the East Asia region* on or after 1 April 2019. However, I am not a permanent resident of the East Asia region*. Am I eligible to apply for the IELTS Prize?

No. The British Council IELTS Prize is only for students who are able to upload a valid copy of passport or identification document of the permanent residency you hold in the East Asia region* in the application form.

I am going to start my undergraduate course in September 2019. Can I apply for the IELTS Prize?

No. The IELTS Prize 2019/20 is for students who will begin their undergraduate or postgraduate degree course in 2020/21 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 2019/20 is for students who will begin their undergraduate or postgraduate degree course in 2020/21 academic year.

I started my first year undergraduate/postgraduate studies at a university in Australia in early 2020, can I apply for the IELTS Prize?

Yes. Students who have begun or will begin their undergraduate or postgraduate studies in 2019/20 academic year are eligible to apply, i.e. students who have begun their first academic year in the January/February 2019 intake of an Australian university are eligible.

Can I apply if I am waiting for a Letter of Acceptance from my university?

Yes. Only the winners will need to provide a Letter of Acceptance by 2 July 2020 from the university they will attend. This university must accept IELTS scores to satisfy their English language requirements for admission.

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 to ensure that they allow you to receive the IELTS Prize in addition to their award.

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

No. If you are awarded a full tuition scholarship 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. We will shortlist 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.

Application process and timeline

Can I submit an application in person to the British Council?

No. All applications are to be submitted online via the application portal.

What documents do I need to submit with my application?

When you complete the IELTS Prize online application form, you are required to upload copies of your 1) IELTS Test Report Form 2) a recent photograph 3) passport or identification document proving your permanent residency in one of the eligible countries/territories and 4) a Disability Certificate (if applicable).

Will I be able to save my progress and complete the application form later?

Yes. Once you have completed the first page of your application form, a unique URL will be sent to you. You may use your unique link to continue with the application at your preferred time before the application deadline.

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

Completed online applications should be submitted by 6p.m. local time on 30 April 2020. However, we anticipate heavy traffic on the application portal during the last day of the application period. Since late submissions will not be considered, please do not wait until the last minute to submit your application.

Do I need to submit separate applications for the Local Prize and Regional Prize respectively?

No. You are required to submit your application only once. Top applicants in each country will automatically be chosen to attend a panel interview for Regional Prize in June 2020.

 

Selection process

How are applicants shortlisted?

Applications will be reviewed against the British Council IELTS Prize eligibility criteria, their personal statement, and their IELTS score. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a panel interview.

 

Who is on the panel interviewing the shortlisted applicants?

Panel interviews are conducted by a group 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 qualify to compete for the Regional Prizes in East Asia, where they will need to attend a further interview with a regional panel via video conference in June 2019.

 

Award details

Will I be awarded both the Regional Prize and Local Prize at the same time?

No. Winning applicants will only be award one prize each. Regional Prize winners will not simultaneously receive the Local Prize.

 

How and when will the IELTS Prize be awarded?

The IELTS Prize will be paid directly to you in August/September 2020 after British Council has officially confirmed your status with the institution you are planning to attend.

 

If I decide to defer my studies to the 2021/22 academic year, will I still be awarded the IELTS Prize 2019/20?

No. The IELTS Prize 2019/20 is for students who will begin their undergraduate or postgraduate degree course in the 2020/21 academic year. If you are chosen as one of the winners of the IELTS Prize 2019/20 and decided to defer your studies, you will no longer be eligible for the IELTS Prize and will have to re-apply for the IELTS Prize 2020/21.

 

Further enquiries

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