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.

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

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!