Application Process

IBSC will accept 40 applicants into the 2023-24 IBSC Action Research Program, with a maximum of two individuals per school. The program accepts individual researchers only (no teams). If a school submits more than one application, we ask the head of school to work with us to prioritize the applicants because of the high demand for spaces in the program. Each application must have the Statement of Support from the head of school to be considered. Preference is given to first-time IBSC action researchers.


In addition, the head of school must supply the name and email of a senior staff member willing to act as a mentor for the researcher. This role is critical to the success of the researcher. The mentor ensures that all submissions and the final report are formally edited and correctly referenced ahead of publication. The mentor will receive details of the research timetable, access to the action research team website, and receive regular updates on the researcher progress. This person acts as a critical friend in the planning, implementation, and presentation of the project, and meets regularly with the researcher to provide any assistance or feedback needed. During the course of the research cycle, mentors will submit two brief status reports to team advisors in order to share their researcher’s progress. For a detailed overview of the mentor position, please read The Role of the Mentor (PDF).