How to apply

Applications for 2018-19 are now closed.

The deadline to apply for the 2018-19 grant scheme is 5pm on 13 August 2018. The criteria and application information is listed below.

You can also download a pdf of the following application criteria and guidance

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?

Additional criteria for 2018-19 applications

As this is our 50th anniversary year we aim to shortlist a smaller number of larger scale projects or research this year which could have substantial impact at scale across the sector so priority will be given to those which:

  • involve two or more institutions working together on an issue of joint importance to both institutions (and the sector) and/or 
  • where evidence can be provided of potential impact at scale or very substantial plans for dissemination 


As noted above, priority will be given to larger and/or joint proposals.  Depending on the number and quality of applications, we anticipate that we will allocate 3 grants of up to £10,000, 2 of up to £5,000 and 5 of up to £2,000.  As in previous years, £10,000 is reserved for Scottish institutions thanks to additional support from the Scottish government.

Reporting requirements

Grant awardees will be required to submit a progress report in March 2019 and a final report and financial account by July 2019.


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:


To apply for either the project or research grants,  you will need to:

  • Download and complete the proposal form for your project or research (Word documents)
  • and then

  • Complete the online form and upload your project or research proposal form with it