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 Prize 2021


The British Council Japan IELTS Award is hosted by the British Council. 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 2021 academic year. (The certificate from the university must be ready by 28 July 2021)
  • Must have taken IELTS/IELTS for UKVI test with the British Council test centers in Japan during the period of April 2019 – June 2021, 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 10 July 2021
    (Applications must be postmarked no later than 10 July 2021)
  2. Announcement of shortlisted candidates: 15 July 2021
  3. Interview at the British Council Tokyo office : 16-21 July 2021
  4. Announcement of scholarship awardees: 28 July 2021
  5. Award Reception: August 2021

Application closing date

10 July 2021
 (Applications must be postmarked no later than 10 July 2021)

How to send your application form

  • Download the British Council Japan IELTS Prize 2021 Application Form (PDF 203KB) 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.