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Researcher Links provides opportunities for academics and researchers in the UK and South Asia to interact, learn from one another and build long-lasting working relationships.

The British Council provides funding for UK universities and research institutes to organise a 3-4 day workshop for academics and researchers from the UK and South Asia. The theme of the workshop should be related to one of the South Asia science priority areas: 

  • Water 
  • Mental health 
  • Global health 

These priorty areas are related to our 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.

Current Opportunities

Applications are currently closed for Researcher Links - South Asia.


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


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