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International collaboration for the SDGs

Theme: International collaboration

Working in partnership with the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the British Council is looking for a research team or consortium to investigate the extent to which inter-institutional international collaboration contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  This research will add to the growing portfolio of evidence around the value of higher education in a development context.

The research will: 

  • bring together case studies of international partnerships which have contributed effectively to sustainable development, interrogating how international cooperation has enabled success, and identifying lessons for institutional practice (with a focus on equity and sustainability in partnership development).
  • distil how international collaboration makes possible levels of impact that wouldn’t be achievable within national boundaries.
  • build our understanding of the steps that partners take to consider the context of all partner institutions.
  • increase our understanding of the relevance of the SDGs to how institutional internationalisation priorities are framed (and the drivers for this).

Who can apply

This opportunity is open to all.  We are looking in particular for organisations or consortia with strong evidence of conducting research in (and knowledge and understanding of) international collaboration in higher education in different contexts, in particular in low and lower middle income countries.

How to apply

Full details about the opportunity, including eligibility criteria, roles and responsibilities, deliverables and outputs, and the documents you are required to submit with your application are all accessible through the British Council's In-Tend portal .

In-Tend reference number: BC/01664

Please note you will need to log in to your British Council In-Tend account to be able to view the opportunity and submit your application. If you do not already have an account, you can register here


All applications must be received by Monday 8 March 2021 at 11.59pm (UTC).

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