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Professional Development for Researchers

Researcher Connect is a professional development course that focuses on the development of excellent communication skills for international and multicultural contexts. The aim is to enhance the productivity of individual researchers and create new opportunities for international collaborations. 

Researchers with strong communication skills are more likely to:

  • publish in international journals
  • successfully promote their research and represent their institutions at conferences
  • gain funding from international bodies
  • effectively communicate with the wider public and policy makers
  • build international collaborations to further their research

As part of the South Asia Science programme, the British Council host tailored Researcher Connect workshops for academics and researchers with a background in one of the following disciplines:

  • Water
  • Mental Health
  • Global Health

Who can apply?

Applicants should:

  1. Hold an academic (research or teaching) position at an institution in South Asia (i.e. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.)
  2. Be an early career academic (PhD awarded no earlier than 2010). Postdoctoral students and final-year PhD students may also apply. 
  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?

The following costs are covered for successful applicants: 

  • Workshop registration fee
  • Return flight tickets to workshop 
  • Accommodation 

Current opportunities

The upcoming Researcher Connect workshops will be announced soon. 

The application form will be available here. 

For further information, please contact the South Asia Science team at

science.southasia@britishcouncil.org