IELTS Award 2019

This scheme is aimed at helping students living in Japan to achieve their personal goals, as well as promoting connection between international higher education sectors.

Eligible applicants must have an IELTS test score. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s leading English language test designed to evaluate ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation worldwide.

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British Council Japan IELTS Award 2020

Please be kindly informed that the selection schedule has been revised as follows because of test session cancellations in April and May 2020.


The British Council Japan IELTS Award is hosted by the British Council in Japan and the Eiken Foundation, Japan. It offers a scholarship for those planning to study at universities outside their home country. 

4 students will be selected and will receive an award of 300,000 JPY towards the cost of tuition fees.  

Applicant eligibility

  • Must be residing in Japan when the application is made.
  • Will study abroad or have already studied abroad in the 2020 academic year. (The certificate from the university must be ready by 31 August 2020)
  • Must have taken IELTS/IELTS for UKVI test with the British Council in Japan or Eiken Foundation of Japan during the period of April 2018 – July 2020, and have a valid IELTS score of 6.0 (overall).
  • Become an IELTS ambassador to share your study experience with others in talks / seminars and feature in video clip(s) for the promotion of IELTS and study abroad.


British Council in Japan

Number of Scholarships


Amount supplied

300,000 JPY

Selection Schedule

  1. Application closes on 17 August 2020
    (Applications must be postmarked no later than 17 August 2020)
  2. Announcement of shortlisted candidates: 25 August 2020
  3. Online interview : Early September 2020
  4. Announcement of scholarship awardees: 20 September 2020
  5. Award Reception: TBD

Application closing date

17 August 2020
 (Applications must be postmarked no later than 17 August 2020)


How to send your application form

  • Download the British Council Japan IELTS Award 2020 Application Form (PDF 124KB) here.
  • Completed Personal Statement and application forms must be submitted with IELTS/IELTS for UKVI Test Report Form (Photocopied).

*Only hard copy applications sent to the British Council in Japan via Post will be accepted. 

Where to send

IELTS Award Office, British Council
1-2, Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0825, Japan


  • We will notify only shortlisted applicants by e-mail. Please note our selection criteria is not made public and any information cannot be disclosed.
  • The ownership of the submitted application and contents from applicants during the application process belongs to the British Council in Japan.
  • Submitted personal information will not be used for other than the scholar selection.
  • Successful applicants are responsible for contributing to IELTS and study abroad testimonials. The testimonials and photos which are provided by successful applicants will appear on websites and publicity materials owned or produced by the British Council in Japan and the Eiken Foundation of Japan.