The British Council Small-Scale Research Project Scheme provides funding (up to £5,000) for early career researchers in the UK and countries in South Asia to work collaboratively on a joint research project. The duration of the research project should be between 6 and 12 months.
A partnership must be formed between a UK university/research institute and a university/research institute in one of the following South Asian countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.
An early career researcher from each university/research institute must be appointed to carry out the research project. The early career researchers should be at the beginning of their research careers and to have been awarded their PhD not more than 10 years prior to applying for the grant. Allowances can be made for career breaks or other extenuating circumstances. Final year PhD students are also eligible to apply. A senior researcher from each university/research institute must be appointed to be responsible for the oversight of the research project.
The scheme aims to provide early career researchers with the opportunity to gain skills and experience in conducting research internationally. It also aims to prepare researchers to form consortiums and apply for grants provided by funding agencies and international institutions.
The theme of the collaborative research project should be related to one of the South Asia science priority areas:
Water e.g. water resource management, water health and sanitation, water cooperation and diplomacy in South Asia.
Mental Health e.g. child developmental disabilities, mental health and resilience
Global Health e.g. South Asia global health, migration and health, refugees
These priorty areas are related to our South Asia Science Initiatives: