ELTRA 2017 is now closed. The announcement for the ELTRA 2018 grant will be published in due course.


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. 

ELTRA 2017: Call for proposals

The British Council is pleased to announce its 2017 call for research proposals under the ELT Research Awards scheme. Applications are welcome from anyone resident in the UK with an affiliation to a UK educational institution.

Now in its eighth year, the scheme successfully facilitates innovative research in the learning and teaching of English by co-funding a number of partnership awards of up to £20,000. The resulting articles are published online in the British Council Research Papers series.

All applications for a research award proposal must be submitted within the ELTRA application form (located at the bottom of the page).

The deadline for applications is 21 April 2017.

See the winners of last 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 will normally be with 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:

  • University of Warwick
    Video in language teacher education
  • Newcastle University
    SETTVEO: Evidence based reflection and teacher development
  • Northumbria University
    English language education and migration: implications for secondary level students who have English as an Additional Language
  • University of Nottingham
    L2 reading and reading-while-listening in multi-modal learning conditions: An eye-tracking study
  • Coventry University
    B-MELTT - Blending MOOCs for English Language Teacher Training
  • University of Glasgow
    Establishing and sustaining pre-sessional student partnerships across borders
  • Queen's University Belfast 
    Digital Data-Driven Learning and Teaching: Making best use of corpora for English Language Teaching
  • How can I apply?

Please download the 2017 guidelines and application form.

Deadline: 21 April 2017.