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The Professional Training Scheme provides a variety of specialised learning opportunities to help practitioners in South Asia improve their professional knowledge, competence, skills and effectiveness.

The scheme is available for practitioners based in the following South Asian countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The training opportunities are related to 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.

What is Covered

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

Current Opportunities

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


For general enquiries, please contact the South Asia Science team at