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Type Funding
Key dates Deadline: Monday 9 September 2019
Eligibility  UK higher and further education institutions

The British Council has launched the UK-China Outward Mobility Internationalisation Partnership Fund as part of the Generation UK campaign. The fund is designed to support Chinese higher education institutions to develop their wider internationalisation strategies through their partnerships with UK universities.

We are now calling for proposals from UK higher and further education institutions interested in supporting and developing internationalisation and outward student mobility initiatives between the UK and China.

Projects the fund will support

The funding is for UK institutions to design and deliver projects that support Chinese higher education institutions in developing their wider internationalisation strategies through partnerships with UK universities. The fund aims to build the capacity of Chinese institutions for greater, improved outward mobility from the UK, by enabling UK institutions to share their experience and expertise of hosting international students with their Chinese university partners.

Projects should be designed to meet the following two objectives:

  1. support Chinese provincial governments and higher education institutions to strengthen their internationalisation strategies and increase their capacity to host an increased number of international students from the UK through capacity-building initiatives
  2. lead to an increased and sustainable flow of UK students studying or taking up mobility programmes in China. 

Project timings

Projects in receipt of funding will be expected to start in January 2020 and can run until March 2021.

Funding levels

For each project, funding of up to £30,000 will be awarded per institution, covering the whole project duration.

Benefits to your institution

  • Develop new partnerships or strengthen existing partnerships with Chinese education institutions.
  • Collaborate and share best practice with Chinese institutions on international student recruitment and student experience for long-term, sustainable impact.
  • Increase outward student mobility from your institution to China.
  • Position your institution as a leader in outward mobility internationalisation with China.


The UK-China Outward Mobility Internationalisation Partnership Fund is open to UK organisations involved in international higher education, including education authorities, research organisations, awarding bodies, universities and colleges.

How to apply

Please complete the application form and email it along with all supporting documentation to for the attention of Hannah Silverleaf (Outward Mobility Manager, British Council China). The deadline for submissions is Monday 9 September 2019.

For further enquiries, please contact

About Generation UK

Generation UK is a campaign that was launched by the British Council in 2013. It directly advances the UK government commitment to a Global Britain and is supported by all four UK administrations.

The campaign aims to ensure that the UK has a generation of young people that will be able to drive forward the relationship with China. It represents a strategic investment in the UK’s competitiveness as well as in the employability and language ability of the participants.

There are three core areas of priority:

  • To raise awareness among a young generation in the UK of the opportunities to build their understanding of China through study and internships
  • To promote favourable conditions for these young people to intern or study in China by working with the Chinese government and partners to support their internationalisation
  • To provide specific funded opportunities for UK young people to study and intern in China through Generation UK branded programmes

More than 55,000 young people from the UK have participated in study, internship and teaching programmes across China since 2013, with a cumulative target (set by the Prime Minister in 2013) of 80,000 over the period to 2020. In 2018, approximately 15,000 young British nationals gained experience in China.