Get an overview of the various stages of the application process as well as an idea of how long each stage of the process takes.

And don't forget, before you go any further, you will need a partner school to apply.

Prepare your application

There's a field on the application form that will ask you to identify any training or support you might need to help you with global learning. Therefore, prior to making an application all schools will need to complete our self-assessment activity. You can get help with the self-assessment from one of our local advisors.

When you make your application, you'll also need to demonstrate specific plans and goals for your partnership. Before you apply, we suggest you read our guidance on how to put together a strong application.

Schools who wish to apply with a country in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region should contact Schools@britishcouncil.org in advance of submitting a funding application. UK schools will be matched only with the British Council list of MENA schools. Once communication is established, they will be eligible to apply for a grant to fund joint working and participate in a facilitated visit, subject to the relaxation of global travel restrictions. 

Submit your application

Take a look at the upcoming application deadlines.

If you have planned sufficiently before applying online, the process should take between one to two hours to complete.

The selection process (+6 weeks)

You can expect to hear back from us on the outcome of your application within six weeks of the application deadline.

Applications are first quality assessed by a panel of external assessors and then reviewed by the British Council before a decision is reached.

The contract (+2-3 months)

If successful, your partnership or cluster coordinator will be sent two copies of a contract to sign and return. The contract length is variable dependable on the type of partnership and the round the application has been submitted in. However, all activity must be completed and reported on by 18 December 2021.

We also require your UK school bank details. For schools working in a cluster, this should be the lead school's bank details.

If everything is satisfactory, we pay 80 per cent of the total grant funds within a month of receiving the signed contracts.

Final payment and report (+12 or 21 months)

We expect a final partnership report once all your planned activities are complete. This should cover all expenditure and the total impact of your project activities.

The contract length is variable dependable on the type of partnership and the round the application has been submitted in. However, all activity must be completed and reported on by 31 July 2021

If satisfactory, we then pay the remaining grant funding.

Recognition

The International School Award is the British Council's premier recognition of international work in schools across the globe.

All schools who are successful for grant funding will be automatically considered for the award at Foundation, Intermediate or Accreditation level. The exact level will be finalised after submission of the final report.

Please note that Reaccreditation cannot be achieved through CCGL and schools due to reaccredit should follow the International School Award application process.

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