2020 will mark our 80th year in Spain, and we'd like to celebrate our anniversary with you. We're offering a special programme of scholarships, grants and awards in recognition of the support we've enjoyed from Spanish society for our work in education and culture over the last eight decades.

Our awards will focus on youth, gender equality, inclusivity and environmental sustainability. We've created programmes for young journalists, students of English, unemployed people, rising DJs, excellence amongst students in schools, designers working in sustainable fashion and university students who want to study in English.

Take a look at the descriptions, requirements and validity periods for our awards. If you see that you're eligible for any of them, don't hesitate to apply. You can also share the information with your family and friends.

Santander-British Council Summer Experience scholarships

Santander and the British Council are offering 1,290 scholarships to boost knowledge of English language and British culture. The scholarships are open to students and recent graduates from 12 countries, including Spain.

The Santander-British Council Summer Experience scholarships will award 90 applicants three weeks of linguistic and cultural immersion at universities in Liverpool, Coventry and East Anglia. These scholarships include an initial level test, plus travel and living expenses.

A further 1,200 participants will have free access, for three months, to our LearnEnglish Select online courses, where they will learn the English they need for the workplace and the global job market.

The scholarships are open to undergraduate and master’s-level students – or students who have graduated within the last two years – from universities in Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico and Uruguay. Applications can be submitted until Tuesday 31 March via this webpage, where you can find more details on the scholarships and our selection criteria.

British Council Aptis Awards for the unemployed

The British Council is promoting social inclusion with 80 awards for unemployed adults. The objective of the award is to improve the employment prospects of the recipients, who will be able to certify their level of English for free with the British Council Aptis test. British Council Aptis certification is officially recognised by the Conference of Spanish University Rectors (CRUE), the Association of Language Centres in Higher Education (ACLES), the majority of the autonomous communities and universities in Spain, and in addition many public and private companies. (closes 31 March)

Click here for more information on the Aptis awards for unemployed people

British Council School Excellence and Talent Awards

The British Council School in Madrid is unique in the British Council global network. We're offering eight grants to eight young people born in 2007 or 2008 who are capable of of demonstrating their academic excellence and talent in diverse disciplines (dramatic or visual arts, music, sport or other areas). The prizewinners will be able to study at the British Council School from next academic year until the end of Secondary with a discount of 80% on the registration fee and monthly payments. (closes 28 February)

Click here for more information about the British Council School Excellence and Talent Awards

English courses for children

The British Council is also offering five courses for children between 9 and 14 years old. Winners will be able to improve their English in one of our summer courses (four weeks), or in one of our academic year courses at our centres in Barcelona, Bilbao, Community of Madrid and Valencia. Participants must prepare a project on environmental sustainability and the winners will be announced at the Family Festival events held at the British Council in these locations in April and May. (competition opens shortly)

IELTS Award Spain

In order to encourage understanding of the English language, and to promote academic mobility and future prospects in society, the British Council is offering a grant of 10 000 euros to undertake an undergraduate or postgraduate degree (Including Erasmus or exchanges), in Spain or abroad, for students intending to certify their English level in the IELTS exam. The winner may use the award to pay university fees or cover their accommodation costs. (open until 11 May) 

Click here for more information on the IELTS Award in Spain

We hope that 2020 will be as special for you as it will be for us. We wish you the best of luck!