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Grants and awards

The IELTS partners offer grants for research on English language learning and assessment, and awards for best practice in language education.

Since 1995, the IELTS research programme has provided financial support for more than 110 external studies carried out by over 242 researchers around the world. 

IELTS joint-funded research programme 

The IELTS joint-funded research programme is sponsored by -the British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia, with support from Cambridge Assessment English. 
The key aims of the programme are to ensure that:
  • the test remains contemporary, relevant and useful for organisations that use IELTS results
  • IELTS contributes to the growing understanding of the nature of language proficiency and its place within linguistics and language education.
Each year, individuals and education institutions with relevant experience are invited to apply to undertake IELTS-related research projects.

Call for research proposals

Caroline Clapham IELTS Masters Award

The Caroline Clapham IELTS Masters Award is awarded annually to the Masters level dissertation or thesis in English that makes the most significant contribution to the field of language testing.

Caroline Clapham IELTS Masters Award

IELTS Morgan Terry Memorial IATEFL Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded in memory of Morgan Terry, who made significant contributions to the work of IELTS. It covers the costs of IATEFL membership and travel to and attendance at the Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Special Interest Group’s (TEA SIG) pre IATEFL conference event.

IATEFL Scholarship

English Australia IELTS Award for Academic Leadership

The IELTS partners and English Australia recognise and celebrate those who make an outstanding contribution to quality in ELICOS in Australia through their work as academic managers. The winner receives a trophy and up to $1,500 in travel and accommodation expenses to attend the English Australia Conference and accept their award at the English Australia Conference gala awards dinner.

English Australia IELTS Award 

IELTS USA Best Practices Award

This award recognises outstanding International Enrolment Management models in the United States that demonstrate innovative approaches to enhanced international student success through collaborations across departments. Awardees receive a presentation opportunity and registration for two at the annual NAFSA conference, and a plaque to be awarded at IELTS USA’s NAFSA Global Partner session.

IELTS USA Best Practices Award