Disability Scholarship Program - CRCC Asia

Disability Scholarship Program

CRCC Asia – British Council
2015 Disability Scholarship Program

CRCC Asia is delighted to offer two *funded China Internship Programs with the British Council, specifically for students with a disability.

The successful candidates will undertake a business placement at the British Council, in Beijing and Shanghai, and obtain first hand experience of China’s business and cultural environments.

They will be required to complete the two-month China Internship Program during May-November 2015.

The program is open to university students with a disability, and all eligible candidates from any academic discipline are welcome to apply.

new disability scholarship logoThe CRCC Asia China Internship Program has been designed for both university students and graduates to combine their desire to travel and experience a new culture with the benefits of undertaking a CV enhancing internship. Participants live in high quality accommodation in the heart of the city and gain transferable skills and hands-on experience in an international setting. All interns will have the opportunity to experience a full social program with cultural outings, weekly Chinese language classes, and professional business networking events.

The successful applicants will be awarded a scholarship based on their overall application, their response to three short essay questions and their academic reference. Applications are now closed.

Previous Scholarship Experiences

Disability Scholarship Program 2015


“CRCC Asia and the British Council have not only provided me with an opportunity of a lifetime but they have also shaped my future forever. My internship led to an interview for the British Council’s 6 month graduate scheme in Beijing, to which I have been accepted and I have consequently dropped all other postgraduate plans to start a life in the amazing city!
I could never have hoped for a more enriching experience; my confidence as a hearing impaired individual has been boosted with membership of equality, diversity and inclusion groups and participation in events, such as a China-UK conference in Cardiff as part of CRCC Asia’s alumni. Additionally, being placed outside of my comfort zone has given me the drive to explore the world.” (Laura Gillhespy, Beijing 2015)

Disability Scholarship Program 2014


Thea was working in the Marketing and Communications team.She was a great asset to the team, taking a proactive approach to her main sponsorship-based research project, and connecting with colleagues from around the business in order to research the task thoroughly and effectively. In addition, Thea helped to write and edit pages for our website.

Thea also ran a ‘Lunch and Learn’ session with colleagues Shanghai, where she presented to around 20 colleagues on what dyspraxia is, the challanges she has faced and how she has overcome them. This session was a valuable part of our Equal Opportunities and Diversity programme, where Thea confidently educated colleagues. It was a hugely insightful session, which was shared to the wider British Council network through a story on our global intranet.

Finally, Thea attended a reception for Team GB ahead of the Nanjing Youth Olympics, where she was able to meet and network with key British Council and British Consulate partners.

Overall, it was fantastic to have Thea on the team.” (Meera Saujani, British Council Shanghai)


Christianah also worked on our sponsorship offer, working directly to me. She undertook desk research, and produced a matrix capturing data and mapping individual company interests against our programme ambitions in China. This matrix has formed the basis for a new strategic sponsorship pacakage we have developed.

Christianah used her time in Beijing well, and wisely: in particular, she explored volunteering opportunities in the wider community through some of our networks with community NGOs.

Christianah was a great addition to our office; and I am very grateful for the project work she developed.(Carma Elliot, British Council Beijing)

Disability Scholarship Program 2013

I believe that experiences such as mine in China are especially important because all too often there are numerous barriers – both physical and societal – in the UK that hinder disabled people…I know a lot of people I know were surprised that I was going so far away.  Giving more disabled people the opportunity to do internships such as mine will therefore have a twofold affect.  Firstly, the person’s own possibilities and horizons will be expanded, and secondly, over time, the wider society will come to regard seeing disabled people in all areas of life completely normal,(Jessica Stubbs, Shanghai 2013).

To find out more from the Winner of our 2013 Disability Scholarship Program above, please read Jessica’s testimonial and intern blogs.

For any questions, please email us at [email protected]. All correspondence will be held in strict confidence.

*The scholarship covers the majority of the CRCC Asia two-month program fee. Successful candidates will be required to pay £500 each month for subsidised accommodation in Beijing or Shanghai. Scholarship winners will be reimbursed in full for their accommodation by The British Council. 

 China Disability Scholarship Program applications are Now Closed!

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