Other funding sources
Your search for funding may take you beyond the support of the British Council and its partners. If so, here are some useful pointers.
Professional development (for teachers)
Amity Exchange invites you to apply for a placement in the USA and to work for up to three years. Teachers with three years' experience and fluent English are eligible to apply.
The Visiting International Faculty Programme offers placements in the USA. Teachers from around the world are invited to work as teachers and cultural ambassadors for their country. Applications may be submitted at any time for positions beginning in August, and the requirement is a degree.
Trusts and charities (for education)
The National Lottery (UK schools) runs Awards for All, a Lottery grants scheme for local communities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Grant levels vary depending on where your project is, but are generally £300-£10,000.
The British and Foreign School Society supports educational or training institutions that can show that their aims are charitable.
The Nuffield Foundation funds research and innovation in education and social policy.
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has four priority areas of funding; the arts, education, publishing and overseas projects, which are mainly concentrated in India. They also have a special grant available for projects with refugees and asylum seekers.
The Cadbury Charitable Trust supports charitable purposes at the Trustees' discretion – principally in the West Midlands, but also some nationally and a few internationally.
The United Nations Development Programme grants usually relate to HIV/AIDS, democratic governance, conflict prevention and recovery, trade and access to global markets, poverty reduction or education.
The Department for International Development offers a range of programmes for organisations (mainly NGOs and private companies). Each has a different set of eligibility and funding criteria.
DelPHE – for universities (higher education) – aims to enable institutes of Higher Education (Tertiary) to act as catalysts for poverty reduction and sustainable development.
The British Academy offers grants in the humanities and social sciences to those seeking support for advanced research at postdoctoral level.
The Southern Africa Trust is an independent, regional, non-profit agency registered in South Africa. Its areas of interest include building dialogue, networks and alliances within interest groups or sectors in the region.
Scholarships (UK and worldwide)
The Secondary School Exchange Scholarship offers school leavers in the UK an opportunity to spend a year or six months in a private American or Canadian high school after their A-levels.
Commonwealth Scholarships are available for citizens of a developing commonwealth nation.
Explore the British Council Education UK scholarship database - for students hoping to study in the UK.
This downloadable publication from UNESCO lists possible institutions offering scholarships to students from member states.
Browse international scholarships available to students studying abroad. You can search by country and subject.
Peace Child International is an educational charity that empowers young people to take responsibility for peace, human rights and the environment. It offers internships and funding for small, youth-led development projects.
Iain Grant Trust is a charity who aim to provide professional development opportunities for teachers interested in travelling abroad to study teaching methods used in other countries. For details on funding please contact us.
The Zayed Future Energy Prize. If you have an energy project that could win the Zayed Future Energy Prize, we want to know about it. You can win a grant to complete your project.