Women working with students

The British Council is pleased to announce a call for a research grant to undertake a research study on the newly launched National Educational Policy in India and its impact on gender equality and inclusion in higher education for the country. The grant aims to fund a research study that will establish sustainable collaborations between the UK and India in gender and higher education that draws upon expertise and best practice in the UK higher education sector. Through this research study, we aim to facilitate the production of research in the Official Development Assistance (ODA) context to benefit the international education sector. 

About the opportunity

The recently launched National Education Policy 2020 in India offers us an excellent opportunity to amplify the findings of an ongoing research study from the work that British Council is delivering with Andhra Pradesh and at an all India level. This allows us to partner with the Government of India’s ambitions of achieving gender equality through education. There are several other states in the country which are similarly ranked low in the gender parity index. 

We are interested to use the Andhra Pradesh study as a basis to study similar trends in other states in the country and use the findings to inform and influence policy at an all India level. 

The overall aim for this project is to produce a research and evidence base, to validate our recommendations to the Indian government, and support the Ministry of Education in realising the aspirations set out in the National Education Policy 2020. Through the development of implementation strategies, plans and programmes of the Ministry of Education, we seek to enable higher education systems in India to become more equitable, drawing upon knowledge and good practice in the UK. In doing so we aim to develop partnerships in higher education that are supportive of equality and inclusion in India, and support the UK’s priorities in becoming a longer-term strategic knowledge partner of India.

For further information about the opportunity, please refer to the Call guidelines which you can view from the Downloads section below.

Who can apply?

Any person resident in the UK working with a UK higher educational institution. The award agreement will be with the institution and not with an individual. Although the applicant must be resident in the UK, the field research in whole will take place outside the UK and will have to be implemented by the Indian partner.

How to apply

To apply applicants must first refer to the Call guidelines and annexes which can be found in the Downloads section below.

Please complete all supporting documents and send to mathivathani.rp@in.britishcouncil.org.


All applications must be submitted by Monday 25 January 2021 at 11.59pm (UK time).

Any queries should be submitted to mathivathani.rp@in.britishcouncil.org.