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Three Filipino winners of British Council IELTS Prize 2023 announced

The British Council, the UK’s international organisation for educational and cultural opportunities, has announced the winners of the prestigious IELTS Prize 2023.

The annual competition supports IELTS test-takers with up to PHP 350,000 (£5,000) towards university tuition fees in English-speaking universities around the world, helping young ambitious people turn their academic dreams into reality.

This year, the British Council received over 1,700 applications from test takers in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

A total of three winners from the Philippines have been selected following a competitive application process. This year’s winners are:

  • Ma. Kaela Joselle Madrunio, MA Forensic Linguistics, Aston University, United Kingdom (Grand Prize)
  • Casey Anne Cruz, Masters of Arts Program in Human Rights, Mahidol University, Thailand (Second Prize)
  • Rafi Victoria Sartin, Master of Marketing, Western Sydney University, Australia (Third Prize)

“Winning the IELTS Prize will allow me to immerse myself in the culture of the home of forensic linguistics, Aston University in Birmingham, UK. I look forward to creating an impact on the community of legal and language professionals and researchers in the Philippines,” shares Ma. Kaela Joselle Madrunio, IELTS Prize 2023 Grand Winner.

Lotus Postrado, Director Philippines said: “The IELTS Prize recognises high performing students that demonstrate academic excellence and commitment to their communities. We are thrilled to provide this opportunity to talented Filipinos. Through IELTS Prize, we are able to support them in pursuing their dreams, grant them the freedom to travel, immerse themselves in new cultures, and become part of a global IELTS community.”

Applicants from the Philippines who wish to find out more information about next year’s prize, the application process, and review frequently asked questions should visit

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