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The Research Leadership Training Scheme - South Asia provides emerging research leaders with the opportunity to develop their leadership and application for funding skills and ability to manage large projects at a regional/global level. 

The Research Leadership Training Scheme is comprised of two components: a four-day workshop and a mentorship and monitoring phase. 

  • During the four-day Research Leadership workshop, participants are introduced to a framework for research leadership which encompasses the roles of team leadership and strategic leadership in a multi-stakeholder environment. The workshop covers how to manage multi-dimensional projects, generate impacts from research and successfully bid for future projects. 
  • The mentorship and monitoring phase takes place for three months after the workshop where participants are assigned a mentor to assist with implementing a project of their choice using the knowledge learnt from the workshop. The mentor will provide advice on career development, preparing a funding bid and creating impacts through research.

As part of the South Asia Science programme, the British Council hosts tailored Research Leadership workshops for researchers with a background in one of the South Asia Science priority areas:

  • Water
  • Mental Health
  • Global Health

These priority areas are related to the British Council South Asia Science Initiatives.

Water Initiative South Asia (WISA)

WISA is a five-year project (2018-2023) promoting science and research partnerships between the countries in South Asia and the UK. The initiative brings together key experts including researchers, scientists, decision makers and analysts,
 as well as senior managers of corporations 
and research institutions to review and investigate key aspects of water science in South Asia. 

The main themes of WISA are: 

  • Health, water quality and sanitation
  • Water resource management
  • Transboundary water cooperation

Mental Health Initiative for South Asia

The Mental Health Initiative for South Asia focuses on improving mental health in the UK and South Asia. The purpose of the scheme is to identify areas for collaboration and facilitate communication and partnerships for research on mental health
 between universities and research institutes in the UK and South Asia.

The main themes of the Mental Health Initiative are:

  • Mental health resilience
  • Child mental health
  • Mental health skills sharing

Global Health Initiative for South Asia

The Global Health Initiative aims to strengthen research capacities and facilitate collaboration between global health scientists and practitioners. 

The main objectives of the initiative are to develop a knowledge exchange and learning platform on migration and health rights and facilitate new collaborations to address evidence gaps for responsive and coherent migration and health policies.


  1. Mid-career researchers with experience in managing projects or being involved with delivering a project at a national or regional level.
  2. Based at a university/research institute/NGO in South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka).
  3. Have a background in one of the following areas: Water, Mental health, Global health.
  4. Be proficient in English to Level 6 in IELTS (certificate not required). 

What is covered

  • Course registration fee
  • Return flight tickets (economy) to the training course
  • Accommodation 

Current Opportunities

Applications are currently closed for the Research Leadership Training Scheme - South Asia.


If you have any questions please contact the South Asia Science team at