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The UK-ASEAN Institutional Links Early Career Researchers (ILECR) Scheme provides seed funding to senior researchers from higher education institutions in the UK and partner countries. 

Update 18/01/2022: This call remains open until 31 January 2022 for UK-Singapore joint submissions only 

The funding enables the senior researchers to lead a team of UK and partner country early career researchers for 12 months to work on selected areas aligning to the Indo-Pacific Tilt and Sustainable Development Goals. 

All projects funded are expected to support research and translation partnerships between the UK and partner country institutions, and stimulate new research impact on selected areas, while developing and broadening early career researchers’ professional knowledge, experience and skills in research and translation. 

Part of the Going Global Partnerships programme, the British Council UK-ASEAN Institutional Links Early Career Researchers Scheme aims to:

  • Contribute to capacity strengthening of early career researchers (ECRs)
  • Support research and translation partnerships 
  • Establish new research links or significantly develop existing links, with the potential for longer term sustainability 

The UK-ASEAN Institutional Links-Early Career Researchers Scheme is funded by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) through ASEAN Dialogue Partner Grant and delivered by the British Council.

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About this funding call

A total of £250,000 is available for four countries, matched by country partner’s institutions. Two grants for Singapore and one each for Brunei, Malaysia and Thailand.

We invite interdisciplinary proposals on the following thematic areas from the above four countries only.

  • AI and Cybersecurity: Singapore*, Malaysia
  • AgriTech and Biodiversity: Brunei, Thailand

*This call remains open for UK-Singapore joint submissions only

Please see the guidelines for applicants document in the downloads section for further details.

Size of grant: Up to £50,000

Duration of the grant: Up to 12 months

Eligibility criteria

Each proposal must be co-led by a Principal Applicant from UK institution and a Principal Applicant from a partner country’s institution. We will allow only one application per Principal Applicant, from either country.

All Principal Applicants must be Leading Researchers or Established Researchers as defined by the European Commission - please refer to this European Framework for Research Careers document on the Euraxess website.  

Participation of Early Career Researchers (ECRs) from the UK and partner country including their roles in the project, expected milestones and achievements must be planned and identified by the Principal Applicants. The ECRs must have a PhD or equivalent research experience.

Other eligibility criteria apply. Please refer to the guidelines document available from the downloads section below for full eligibility criteria.

How to apply

Please download and read fully the guidelines document from the downloads section.

Complete the Institutional Links Early Career Researchers Scheme Online Application Form.

If you experience issues downloading the documentation, please try using a different browser (Google Chrome) or email EA-ILECR@britishcouncil.org to receive a copy.


31 January 2022, 16.00 UK time (for UK-Singapore joint submissions only)


All queries or comments about this call should be addressed to the Institutional Links Early Career Researchers Scheme email address: