This is a scholarship programme aimed at IELTS candidates of the British Council hoping to study abroad. The British Council will offer one scholarship each, worth £ 3,000, to 5 winners. This will be one for each of the following countries: UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and USA.

Read the instructions and terms given below to find out how to apply!

Application Deadline: 31 March 2017

Application process

To submit your application please  complete the application form online. In order to complete the application form you need to:

complete the required personal information

write an essay on one of the following topics and submit it on the online form.

  • explain the importance of the area you wish to study in today’s society and the workplace
  • the importance of English in international education
  • describe a significant accomplishment and why it makes you proud.
  • why is winning this scholarship important to you?

Upload the below listed documents using the document upload function in the application form (1 combined PDF file).  

  1. A copy of your IELTS Test report form
  2. Your CV
  3. Copies of academic certificates 
  4. True certified copy of the university offer letter (if applicable)


All questions below are mandatory and incomplete applications will be disqualified. If you start filling the application and want to complete it later, you can always return to the application through the link you accessed initially. However, if you fail to submit all the required information your application will not be considered. Applications should be submitted along with the required documents in PDF form on or before 31 March 2017

Terms and conditions of the programme are available in the Terms and conditions section below. 

Application Deadline: 31 March 2017

Terms and conditions

  1. The British Council Scholarship programme is open to all IELTS applicants who have taken the test between 01 March 2016 and 31 March 2017, with the British Council.
  2. The candidate must have an IELTS overall band score of 6 or above to be eligible to apply.
  3. The candidate should be a resident and a citizen of Sri Lanka and should be 18 years of age or above.
  4. This offer is only valid for Sri Lankan students applying for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes overseas.
  5. The candidate should have an offer from a recognised higher education institute that accepts IELTS as part of its admission criteria, in the country that you declared in the application.      
  6. The higher education institute has to be located in any one of the following countries; United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, United States of America or New Zealand.
  7. The institution’s academic programme should commence in 2017.
  8. The candidate must provide an acceptance letter from their higher education institute by 30 April 2017.
  9. A valid visa or related documentation for studying in the country of the said education institution must be provided upon the request of the British Council.
  10. All completed applications should be forwarded by Friday 31 March 2017.
  11. You may apply pending your university offer letter, which can be submitted latest by 30 April 2017.
  12. British Council reserves the right to withhold/withdraw an award if any of the terms/conditions are not fulfilled. 
  13. The decision of the judges will be final.