Application and Shortlisting Timeline

1 September 2021 Applications open for all countries 
31 October 2021 (extended from 29 October)

Applications close at 23.59 (GMT) for all countries except China, the deadline is 22 October

November-December 2021

Shortlisting of applications

December to January 2022

Announcement of finalists in national level awards (in selected countries – see full list in T&Cs

January to March 2022

National Alumni Award ceremonies (in selected countries – see T&Cs)

March to August  2022

Global Alumni Awards finalists announced and celebrated via social media

September 2022

Global Alumni Awards winners announced

Shortlisting process

The top 30 applications in each region will be shortlisted from all eligible applicants through several stages of judging, including internal and external judging panels involving British Council Regional Directors, Universities UK International, Chevening and Commonwealth, and UK universities, all of whom will review anonymised applications to select the 28 shortlisted global finalists. The global finalists will then be shortlisted by our global judging panel to select the four global winners, one for each of the award categories (Science and Sustainability Award, Culture and Creativity Award, Social Action Award, Business and Innovation Award). In addition, a small number of selected countries hosting national level events will conduct their own shortlisting panels, including senior staff from the British Council and the British Embassy/High Commission, to select their national level finalists and winners. All national awards are independent to the global awards.

See also