The British Council China is launching the 2023 UK-China Institutional Partnership Exploration Fund, which is designed to explore new opportunities, develop new partnerships, encourage innovative and sustainable collaboration, so as to contribute to a long-term and sustainable UK-China higher education cooperation. 

Applications are open to all UK universities who are seeking and developing new and innovative partnerships with China. A funding of no more than GBP40,000 will be awarded to each winning UK lead applicant. 

All applications must demonstrate key characteristics of gender equality and inclusion.


  • To explore and develop new TNE partnerships
  • To share knowledge and best practice in internationalisation and TNE
  • To promote student and faculty mobility and exchange
  • To enhance teaching cooperation, innovation, and excellence

How to Apply 

Please refer to the attached call documents for more information. 

Please complete the attached application form and email it along with all supporting documentation to partnershipfund@britishcouncil.org.cn by 23:59 GMT on 25 September 2023.  

Any enquiries about the grant opportunity can also be sent to the above email address.