British Council 90th Anniversary Research Fellowships at the University of Edinburgh

May 15, 2024

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Bursary Description

Application Deadline: 26 July, 2024

As the British Council celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2024, British Council is delighted to announce a new research partnership with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh.

British Council is awarding two 12-month fellowships starting in January 2025 – open to postdoctoral researchers based in any ODA (Official Development Assistance) recipient country where the British Council operates.

Fellows will spend the first ten months of their fellowships at IASH, followed by up to two months based in their home countries focused on knowledge exchange and dissemination in collaboration with the British Council.


  • The fellowship provides a bursary of £2,500 per month and travel expenses as well as desk space, library access and academic mentoring as part of the vibrant scholarly community of visiting fellows at IASH.
  • Fellows will also be expected to engage closely with the British Council throughout their fellowships (including visits to UK offices), with the option to spend time in a British Council office in their home country as part of the knowledge exchange component of the fellowship.


  • These are early-career fellowships, meaning applicants must be within seven years of completion of their PhD.
  • Applicants must be based in an ODA recipient country in which the British Council operates, and should be qualified to undertake postdoctoral level research for the fellowship.


29 April, 10.00 UK timeApplication window opens
21 May, 13.00 UK timeOnline Q&A session 
26 July, 23.59 UK timeApplication deadline
End August 2024Candidate selection
January 2025Fellowship start
January to October 2025Fellowship placement at IASH, University of Edinburgh
November to December 2025Knowledge exchange and dissemtnation with British Council

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the British Council 90th Anniversary Research Fellowships