Bursaries offered to attend the Social Enterprise World Forum 2019

Posted: Jun, 13th 2019 Contributor: Bilen Shifferaw,

The British Council is offering a number of bursaries to support UK social enterprises to attend the 2019 Social Enterprise World Forum in Ethiopia.

As part of their Global Social Enterprise programme, the British Council has been building international connections for the UK social enterprise movement for a decade – by sharing the UK’s experience in developing a supportive ecosystem for social enterprise, by creating opportunities for UK social enterprises to build international networks and work overseas, and by bringing learning from other countries back to the UK. 

In support of this agenda, the British Council is partnering with Social Enterprise UK through their annual Social Enterprise Awards to provide shortlisted social enterprises in certain categories with a bursary to support them to attend the 2019 Social Enterprise World Forum in Ethiopia.  


The British Council is hosting the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) this year in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  The annual forum will take place between 23 and 25 October and is expected to draw in around 1,200 social enterprise leaders, policy makers, development partners, private sector representatives and more.

With a theme of ‘Local Traditions, Fresh Perspectives’, this year's SEWF aims to provide all delegates with an authentic Ethiopian cultural experience through facilitating a number of study tours and side events alongside the main forum.


The British Council is offering a number of £1,000 bursaries to attend the SEWF 2019 to UK social enterprises that have been shortlisted in certain categories in the UK Social Enterprise Awards. These bursaries are provided as a contribution to the cost of attending the Social Enterprise World Forum in Ethiopia, including the cost of flights, accommodation and SEWF tickets. 

The British Council are providing the bursaries through its partnership with Social Enterprise UK (SEUK), who have recently opened their applications for the 2019 UK Social Enterprise Awards. These awards act as a valuable indicator of the social enterprise movement within the UK across 14 different categories. The bursary is offered to social enterprises that have have been shortlisted in the following categories:

Category 1: Social Enterprise in the UK

Category 8: Education, Training and Jobs Social Enterprise

Category 11: Women in Social Enterprise

Category 12: International Impact


Applications for the UK Social Enterprise Awards 2019 are now open and close on 7 July 2019. Shortlisted organisations will be notified in early September. 

If you would like to apply for the UK Social Enterprise bursary for SEWF through the SEUK 2019 UK Awards application, then please do so through one of the four categories listed above.

For more details and to apply to click here

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