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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 hosts tailored Researcher Connect workshops for academics and 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.

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

  • Workshop registration fee
  • Return flight tickets (economy) to the workshop
  • Accommodation 

Current Opportunities

Applications are currently closed for Researcher Connect - South Asia.


For general enquries about Researcher Connect - South Asia, please contact the South Asia Science team at