The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.
They work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world.
They help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise.
They connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK. These connections lead to an understanding of each other’s strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained.
They work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 they connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.
Here is a list of British Council Current and Upcoming International Opportunities. Given the international nature of our work and the evolving situation with COVID-19, please note that some of the opportunities below may be subject to change.
Find out more about our response to Covid-19 here.
They are inviting UK-based architects, landscape architects, designers and artists to submit project proposals for the improvement of green spaces in Caracas, Venezuela. One successful applicant will be selected to work with local partners, architects and architecture students between November 2020 and December 2021. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, activity is likely to take place remotely.
Grant: first grant payment of £1,500 for Phase 1; second grant payment of £1,000 for Phase 2; third grant payment (amount TBC) for Phase 3; plus coverage of all costs related to travel to Caracas, Venezuela depending on travel restrictions being lifted
Deadline: 16 November 2020
Open to: UK-based architects, landscape architects, designers and artists
Theh are offering grants of up to £50k to organisations in the UK and selected countries overseas to collaborate digitally on international projects. The Digital Collaboration Fund will support organisations to devise new virtual ways of working internationally, in turn creating a climate-friendly approach to international collaboration and artistic exchange.
Grant: between £10-20k and £40-50k available
Deadline: 18 November 2020
Open to: arts and culture organisations and higher education organisations with an arts and culture focus. Applications must be a partnership between at least one UK organisation and one organisation based in one of the countries listed; Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Peru, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela, Vietnam, Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia) Yemen, Zimbabwe.
They’re offering three grants of £1,500 each to emerging UK composers to create a new original score to a piece of film supplied by our Envision Sound partners in Ukraine. In addition to the grant, each applicant will receive mentoring time with one of our Envision Sound UK tutors and consultation time with the director of the film they are composing music for.
Grant: £1,500 will be awarded to each successful applicant to realise a new original score
Deadline: 21 November 2020
Open to: emerging UK-based composers and musicians with diverse experiences and backgrounds in different musical style
They are currently looking for a UK-based Artistic Advisor to lead on the artistic development of the next iteration of our digital exhibition platform Museum without Walls.
Fee: £5,000 (VAT included)
Deadline: 25 November 2020
Open to: applicants can either be independent with their own companies or working for an arts institution who have extensive curatorial experience and strong knowledge of British Contemporary art
New Conversations is offering funding for partnerships to explore how they can develop new creative ideas, exchange knowledge and practice without meeting in person.
Grant: $6,000 CAD / £3,500 GBP
Deadline: 27 November 2020.
Open to: Canada and UK-based individual artists, collectives, independent companies and organizations of theatre and dance, but we welcome applications from collaborations across art forms (priority will be given to project proposals led by groups or people who identify as minority ethnic, D/deaf, and or disabled, and LGBTQIA+
They’re inviting applications for creative commissions that bring together art, science and digital technology and offer innovative responses to climate change. The commissions will be part of the cultural programme in the build-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which the UK is hosting in Glasgow in November 2021.
Grant: up to £50,000.
Deadline: 13 December 2020.
Open to: individuals or organisations involved in arts, creativity and culture, community and civil society, science and research, education, English language teaching and youth work who are based in the UK and can partner with eligible countries and states overseas
Connections through Culture is a long-term programme to develop exciting cultural collaborations between artists and arts organisations, supporting long-lasting relationships between China and the UK.
Open to: artists and arts organisations in the UK and China
Creative Europe is the European Union’s programme to support the cultural, creative and audiovisual sectors. From 2014-2020, €1.46 billion is available to support European projects with the potential to travel, reach new audiences and encourage skill sharing and development. Creative Europe brings together a Culture sub-programme, which provides funding for the cultural and creative sectors, and a MEDIA sub-programme, which invests in film, television, new media and games.
Open to: the creative, cultural and audiovisual sectors in Europe
China Now is a digital hub offering insights, exclusive content, and opportunities for UK based creatives and organisations interested in working in China.
Opportunity: insights, content, and opportunities
Open to: UK creatives and organisations
British Council in Taiwan has launched the ‘Connections through Culture’ Grants starting in July 2019. It is an arts grant scheme which aims to develop exciting cultural collaborations between artists and arts organisations, also to support long-lasting relationships between Taiwan and the UK.
Open to: artists and arts organisations in the UK and Taiwan