How to apply

Applications for 2018-19 are now closed

The scheme started in 2015 and now runs annually. Applications for grants usually open in May and close in early August. The research needs to be completed by the following July.

Criteria for Research awards

Applications are judged against the following criteria:

  • The extent to which the research enhances members’ understanding of the experience of international students in the UK. Does it build on findings of recent research? Will it impact on the current international student agenda?

  • The extent to which the research examines a current, major area of interest and addresses concerns shared across the sector as a whole.

  • The extent of the research impact. Will it inform enhancements to professional practice in supporting international students? How easily can the research findings be applied?
For both categories of award, priority will be given to applicants whose projects cover aspects which were not addressed in the schemes awarded over the last three years 2015-18 and which show evidence of co-funding or support in other ways.

Criteria for Pilot Project awards

Applications are judged against the following criteria:

  • The extent to which the project improves the experience of international students, through new and innovative services, approaches or delivery methods. Is your project addressing something which international students most want or are concerned by or find most important about their student experience?

  • The extent to which other institutions or the sector as a whole can adopt similar models. Will your project include products or outcomes which can be implemented elsewhere?

  • The extent to which your project has measurable and lasting outcomes for the institution and sector as a whole. Does your proposed project include a method of measuring its own success and provide clear evidence that its outcomes are sustainable and of lasting value?


Applicants must be educational institutions or students’ unions which are members of UKCISA.


Applications are assessed by a panel including UKCISA staff and external specialists and all projects will be considered for the Paul Webley Award for Innovation in International Education.

Past awards

Full details of the grants awarded between 2015-18: