IELTS calls for applications for its research grants

IELTS, the world’s most popular high stakes English-language test for study, work and migration, is now accepting applications for 2011/2012 Research Grants. Qualified individuals and education institutions can apply for funding to undertake applied research projects in relation to IELTS and English language testing. Selected papers are published in IELTS Research Reports.

IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL). British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia contribute up to AUD$36,000 / GBP£22,000 per research project, to a select number of projects each year. A total of approximately AUD$215,000 / GBP£130,000 is made available annually.

Applications must be submitted by 30 June 2011 with research to commence by January 2012.

“Ongoing research has been a hallmark of the continuous development of IELTS since its inception more than 20 years ago,” said Tony Pollock, Chief Executive of IDP: IELTS Australia.

“Research projects undertaken as part of the IELTS joint-funded research program have included subject areas such as applied linguistics, language pedagogy and language assessment,” continued John Gildea, Head of IELTS with the British Council.

 “These studies complement internal research and validation projects conducted or commissioned by Cambridge ESOL,” explained Dr Mike Milanovic, Chief Executive of Cambridge ESOL. “Since 1995, more than 90 external studies by over 130 unique researchers from around the world have received grants under this jointly-funded scheme promoted by the IELTS partners.”

Volumes 1 to 11 of IELTS Research Reports are now available online, free of charge. This page also provides links to other IELTS publications such as Studies in Language Testing and CESOL Research Notes.

For more information about IELTS Research Grants can be found here.