ELT research awards

Through this scheme we aim to facilitate the production of innovative research to benefit the learning and teaching of English throughout the world by co-funding a number of partnership awards. Resulting articles will be published in the British Council Research Papers series online. Below are the 2016 guidelines for the awards.

Please note the deadline for the 8th round of applications was 22nd April 2016. See the winners of this year's awards.

What is the purpose of the ELTRA Scheme?

  • To facilitate the production of high quality research from the UK relevant to ELT practitioners.
  • To improve access of ELT policy makers and professionals worldwide to high quality and relevant research from the UK.
  • To facilitate and encourage the establishment and maintenance of active research links between ELT professionals and policy makers in the UK and overseas.

Who may apply?

Any person resident in the UK with an affiliation to a UK educational institution. The award agreement may be with either the individual or the institution.

Note: Although the applicant must be resident in the UK, the research may, in whole or in part, take place outside the UK or by persons not resident in the UK.  

What type of activity can be considered?

The British Council is particularly interested in research within the following areas:

  • Learning & teaching of English at younger ages
  • ICT and new technologies in ELT
  • Teacher education and training
  • English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI)
  • English language testing and assessment and applications of the CEFR
  • English language programme evaluation
  • English for development: Social, economic, political aspects of English, education, and language teaching

However, proposals for any research activity relating directly to the learning, teaching, or assessment of English as a foreign, second, or additional language will be considered.

There must be a clear research output which the British Council will disseminate and which must be in a format that can be shared publicly and without cost throughout the world.

Successful applicants must produce a final article on the project, and in the case of longer projects, an interim report. This would normally include the rationale, methodology, findings, discussion and implications, and references. See Guidelines for authors for more information. In addition to this output, researchers are encouraged to publish further outputs elsewhere, for example in peer-reviewed journals and at conferences.

What type of activity is outside the scheme?

  • The research must not have already taken place or be underway.
  • The research output / final article must be in English (though there may also be a version in another language).
  • Funding will only be agreed for a maximum initial period of one year.
  • This scheme is not intended to fund the field work of Ph.D. candidates or similar.
  • We define research as original investigation undertaken in order to gain knowledge and understanding.
  • Researchers / institutions currently in receipt of a research award cannot apply for a new one. Recipients of awards will become eligible to submit research proposals when the research report has been accepted for publication by the British Council.

Current ELT Research projects:

  • The role of metacognition in the success of reading and writing tasks across cultures, University of Exeter
  • Investigating the impact of study abroad on the oral fluency development of Chinese overseas students, University of York
  • Egyptian children’s experiences of English language learning and their perceptions of ways forward, University College London
  • Internationalisation, Higher Education and the growing demand for English: an investigation into the global English Medium of Instruction (EMI) movement and the use of academic English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) in non-Anglophone Higher Education Institutes (HEI), University of Edinburgh
  • Exploring the role of newly-qualified English teachers in developing ICT use in language classrooms through communities of practice, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • A global study on EFL teachers’ emotional and social intelligence, University of Essex
  • Assessment literacy – what do teachers want to know?, University of Huddersfield

How can I apply?

Please note the application deadline has now passed.

Deadline: 22nd April 2016.