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The deadline for applications is 10:00 on 16 April 2018 (GMT).

We are now inviting Early Career Researchers (ECRs) from the UK to apply to participate in this workshop.

The British Council Researcher Links programme provides opportunities for ECRs from the UK and internationally to interact, learn from each other, and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations.

You are invited to submit your application form to participate in the workshop. Applicants will be alerted shortly after the selection.

Submit your application

Selection procedure

Applicants will be selected on the basis of an eligibility check and quality assessment.

Eligible participants

  • Early Career Researchers in the UK who should have expertise in renewable technologies, zero carbon building/villages, energy systems integration, energy demand, supply and storage and rural development
  • applicants must hold a PhD (or have equivalent research experience) and have up to 10 years post-PhD research experience with allowances made for career breaks
  • applicants must hold a research or academic position (a permanent post, research contract, or fellowship etc) at a recognised UK institution (universities, companies, NGOs and public organisations).

Please note others may apply to attend without a registration fee but expenses will not be covered.

Quality assessment criteria

  • experience and relevance of the applicant’s research area to the workshop
  • motivation and contribution to the aims of the workshop
  • description of the long-term impact expected through the participation in the workshop
  • ability to disseminate workshop outcomes
  • ability to lead/participate in future collaborations.

Equal opportunities

Equal opportunities and diversity are at the heart of the British Council’s cultural relations ambitions. While recognising that some research fields are dominated by one particular gender, co-ordinators are encouraged to work towards an equal gender balance and promote diversity.

They must not exclude applicants on the basis of ethnicity, gender, religious belief, sexual orientation or disability. Participant selection undertaken by workshop organisers must not contravene this policy. Extra support to enable participation of Early Career Researchers with special needs will be given.


The British Council and National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) will cover the costs related to the participation in the workshop.

For UK participants, the British Council's Researcher Links programme will cover travel costs to the country of the workshop, visa costs, travel insurance and local transport to the workshop venue (occurred amounts with maximum £1,200 per participant).

The NSFC will cover accommodation and meals during the workshop.

Participants will be responsible for making all the necessary arrangements including visa and travel insurance.

Although the British Council will not cover this cost, participants are encouraged to purchase adequate medical insurance. The British Council and workshop co-ordinators cannot take responsibility for any issues which occur when the participants are in-country.