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UK India Education & Research Initiative (UKIERI)

The UK India Education & Research Initiative (UKIERI) funds collaborative activity between India and the UK in academic leadership, research and skills.

Current opportunities for Higher Education Institutions in the UK


UKIERI Mobility Programme: Study in India

Call closes: Monday 14 October 2019


The UK India Education & Research Initiative (UKIERI) Mobility Programme: Study in India provides flexible grants to UK higher education providers (HEPs) and their Indian partner institutions to design and deliver academically rigorous short-term mobility opportunities in India for undergraduate (or equivalent) students from UK HEPs.

In excess of £1,000,000 of grant funding is available for this pilot programme. The upper limit for awards is £60,000.

The objectives of the UKIERI Mobility Programme: Study in India scheme are to:

    • Increase the levels of outward student mobility from the UK, in line with the UK's national strategy on outward student mobility and UUKi's national campaign Go International: Stand Out; 
    • Enhance the employability of UK graduates, recognising the positive correlation between international experience, academic performance and graduate employability;
    • Support the internationalisation of Indian higher education institutions in line with the Government of India's 'Study in India' programme through the diversification of the student body, and through establishing links with the potential to seed deeper institutional partnerships and research collaboration.

Key documents

If you have any questions about this mobility programme, please contact the UUKi partnerships team: StudyinIndia@international.ac.uk

UK HEPs seeking an Indian partner institution for this call may wish to consult this list of key contacts at some of the eligible 101 Indian partner institutions. 


What is UKIERI?

Announced by former Prime Minister Tony Blair, during a visit to India in September 2005, the programme was launched in April 2006.

With equal funding from the UK and Indian governments, the programme aims to create a 'step change' in educational relations between India and the UK, so that the two countries become each other's partner of choice in education.

Following the success of the first two phases, Phase Three focuses upon three key thematic areas:

  • Leadership and faculty development
  • E-partnership & research incubation
  • Integration of skills in education

UUKi's role in UKIERI

While UUKi has been closely involved in the first two phases, we have taken on a more formal role in the current third phase.

We have joined the UKIERI Secretariat which means we now deliver the programme with the Association of Colleges (AoC), based in London, and the British Council India, based in New Delhi, India.

UUKi manages the higher education strands of the project and drives the project from the UK side. We were chosen as a partner for our unique ability to use sector expertise to engage directly with UK partners in Whitehall, and bring expertise of the UK higher education sectors to the Secretariat.

Policy Dialogues

UKIERI will also be working with its stakeholders to contribute to policy dialogues that help to develop and implement education policies in India and the UK.

Previous dialogues have ben facilitated through meetings, consultations, delegation visits, commissioned research and knowledge sharing workshops across both countries.

The India-UK Education Forum is an example of a key policy dialogue within UKIERI. It brought together academics, thought leaders and policy makers from the UK and India to discuss issues within education in both countries and ways forward for cooperation.

We will keep the UK higher education sector updated on future such dialogues.