Thursday 17 August 2017 - 10:00 to Sunday 01 October 2017 - 23:59

The British Council is delighted to announce an open call for Individual Bursaries for professional development in the cultural and creative sectors. This is part of a programme enabling senior cultural leaders from Russia to experience the arts sector in the UK, to build professional links with potential UK partners and to gain new skills and knowledge. 

Successful applicants will receive a grant of £3,000 (before tax) to implement their professional development plans as well as support from the British Council in identifying suitable opportunities in the UK.

 Applicants are asked to submit a fully completed application form (attached below) including their professional needs and goals and a plan to achieve these involving opportunities in the UK. 

Individual Bursaries for professional development are part of the British Council’s Future Culture programme.

We are looking for

  • leaders and senior managers representing Russian cultural and arts institutions and organisations across all cultural and creative sectors, including visual arts, performing arts, film and TV, literature and publishing, music, architecture, design, fashion, interactive entertainment and media, communications
  • entrepreneurs, promoters, and artists working across different cultural and creative sectors
  • advisors and managers working in the cultural sector for local / regional / national bodies (eg city councils, urban and cultural regeneration initiatives, regional development organisations)
  • academics and people developing the infrastructure for cultural education

These opportunities may take the form of

  • participating in a short term course or a training provided by a UK cultural institution
  • attending a professional cultural conference or an arts festival in the UK
  • a short-term residency or secondment at a UK cultural institution
  • a series of meetings with existing or potential UK partners
  • a fact-finding visit or research trip for future UK-Russia cultural collaboration

Eligibility criteria

Applicants should

  • have a minimum of 5 years’ professional experience in the cultural and creative sectors
  • hold a senior position in their organisation
  • speak fluent English (equivalent to 5.0 on the IELTS scale)
  • be a Russian citizen and hold a passport for foreign travel


  • The grant will be transferred after signature of a grant agreement between the grant recipient and grant awarder (the British Council)
  • The grant will be transferred in Russian roubles, calculated at the British Council’s current exchange rate on the date of signing the grant agreement (October 2017)
  • The grant amount is indicated before tax (13%)
  • The grant recipient must provide a detailed project summary and financial report by the end of March 2018 (including original payment documents, receipts, tickets etc)


  • By 23:59 on 1 October 2017 applicants must complete the application form and send it to
  • 9 - 13 October 2017. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview
  • By 17 October 2017 successful applicants will be contacted and their names will be announced on the British Council website
  • By 23 October 2017 successful applicants must submit detailed professional development plans and estimated budgets to be agreed by the British Council
  • 31 October 2017 successful applicants will receive their grants from the British Council
  • By the end of February 2018 successful applicants will implement their professional development plans
  • By the end of March 2018 successful applicants will submit their project summaries and financial reports to the British Council

The British Council will conduct the selection process in line with its equality and diversity policies.