The UK India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI) started in April 2006 with the aim of enhancing educational links between India and the UK.

This scheme is run by the University Grants Commission (UGC), a sub-strand of the UKIERI. The UGC will facilitate collaborations between the Indian and UK higher education institutions to support work on new or existing research projects.

The UGC-UKIERI Thematic Partnership scheme provides funding to support the collaborative costs of joint research projects for partnerships of up to three years in duration for a maximum of £200,000 over the duration of the project. 

Eligible costs include staff, researchers and research student exchanges, with extended periods of research attachments, essential to deliver the project’s proposed outcomes.

Scheme: UGC-UKIERI Thematic Partnership

Deadline: 5th October 2016

Amount: Up to £200,000

Eligibility: The Project Leaders must be of at least postdoctoral status or equivalent. Each project must be a joint submission by the UK and Indian teams, through their institutions and endorsed by the respective heads of institutions or their delegated authority. More information about eligibility can be found in the application guidelines.

How to apply: To apply download the application form. Make sure to read the application guidelines for more information about the application process.


Law Faculty deadline for initial expression of interest7 September 2016 (-20)
Law Faculty deadline for first draft review14 September 2016 (-15)
Research Services deadline28 September 2016 (-5)
Funder deadline5 October 2016

To download the work and finance plans, as well as more information about the scheme please see the UKIERI website