Get up to £10,000 to Expand Your Horizon

We want to ultimately encourage young people to study abroad as part of their tertiary studies in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages. That is why ISIC Association, StudyPortals and British Council IELTS are launching The Global Study Awards. The Global Study Awards recognises studying abroad as a positively life changing experience for many students, opening their minds to alternative ways of personal life and professional career, as well as promoting intercultural understanding and tolerance.


There will be a total amount of 2 awards, each individual global study award will have a maximum value of £10,000.

An individual award has a maximum value of £10,000, which will be applied toward the cost of tuition fees in the first instance. Tuition fees will be paid directly to the Higher Education Institution that the successful candidate will attend. If tuition fees are below the maximum individual award fund of £10,000, the remaining funds may be allocated per diem for living costs for a maximum of 52 weeks starting from when the student first registered at the higher education institution. 

Application timeline:

The application is open 7th August – 20th November 2017.

For students that will start studying in spring intake 2018 (between 1 January and 31 March 2018).

Check out the winners from previous rounds here.

Who are we looking for?

The Global Study Awards is designed to support highly motivated, talented individuals who can actively demonstrate:

  • their potential to contribute to society through their studies;
  • a strong commitment to developing their career;
  • their sincere interest in increasing intercultural understanding and exchange.

Successful candidates will be willing to engage with the British Council IELTS, ISIC and StudyPortals communities, and publicly share their experiences with other students. The Global Study Awards will be available to prospective students in all countries worldwide. The Global Study Awards will enable the successful candidate(s) to study abroad, on any chosen undergraduate or postgraduate programme at a higher education institution. The Global Study Awards cannot be used by a successful candidate to study domestically.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply for The Global Study Awards applicants must:

  • be aged 18 years or over on 1 January 2017;
  • have taken an IELTS test at a British Council centre, with a valid official Test Report Form (TRF) issued by the British Council after 1st June 2016;
  • be a valid ISIC cardholder at the time of application;
  • be planning to enroll on a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate programme abroad starting between 1 January and 31 March 2018;
  • have written a short review of study experience at
  • be able to provide a confirmation letter and/or official enrollment letter from the institution by the the time of shortlisting.

Apply now! 

Apply now by completing the Application form! Please note that your application must be submitted in English only.

Terms and Conditions

By applying for this award you agree to the Terms of the Global Study Awards.


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