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Grants and awards

The IELTS partners offer a range of grants, fellowships and awards in the fields of linguistics and language education

The IELTS research programme ensures:

  • ongoing usefulness and contemporary relevance of the test for organisations that use IELTS results
  • IELTS contributes more broadly to the growing understanding of the nature of language proficiency and its place within linguistics and language education.

IELTS joint-funded research programme

Since 1995, more than 90 external studies by over 130 researchers around the world have attracted funding under the IELTS joint-funded research programme which is sponsored jointly by IDP: IELTS Australia and British Council with support from Cambridge English Language Assessment.

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 for the Master's-level dissertation or thesis in English which 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 in memory of Morgan Terry, who made significant contributions to the work of IELTS.

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.

English Australia IELTS Award 

Research support 

The IELTS partners can offer support for students and external researchers who are engaging in IELTS-related research projects, for example providing access to materials or test data, where appropriate.

Any enquiries about this type of assistance should be addressed to one of the partner organisations. Each request will be considered individually and take into account issues of confidentiality, security and the resource required.