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About This Scholarship
British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM is a rare opportunity for women from participarting countries to pursue fully funded scholarship program in STEM education in some selected UK Universities. This fully funded scholarship is for women from participating countries who pursue a degree in science-related fields where the ratio of women is lower. This scholarship in UK will not only help women in STEM to enhance and hone their knowledge and skills but will be able to inspire young girls and women to pursue the field. The British Council offers scholarships for master’s degrees and fellowships programs if you have completed your Ph.D.
British Council has launched its Women in STEM scholarship programme in partnership with 21 UK universities with the aim of benefiting women from the Americas, South Asia, East Asia, western Balkans, central Asia, Brazil, Egypt, Mexico, and Turkey.
Women with background in STEM, who can demonstrate their need for financial support and who wish to inspire future generations of women to pursue careers in STEM have a rare opportunity to pursue STEM courses with scholarship to realize their dream.
The Focus of the scholarship programme
The need to entice women into STEM education has become paramount at all levels because women are change agents and therefore this scholarship programme aims to increase opportunities in STEM for girls and women.
According to UN Scientific Education and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in 2019 fewer than 30 percent of researchers worldwide are women and only 30 percent of female students select STEM-related fields in higher education, but this number is slowly been gaining momentum with it currently sitting at 35% (Anon, 2022).
A subject breakdown between 2017-18 showed that females studying STEM subjects was particularly low. Computer Sciences, Engineering & Technology, with 19% opposed to 81% with males. Physical sciences and mathematics and statistics are stronger at 39% and 37% respectively (with their counterparts at 61 and 63% respectively).
What Does It Cover?
The British Council scholarships for women in STEM is fully funded and will cover all financial expenses, including travel costs, tuition fees, visa, health cover and a monthly stipend. If you are fluent in English and can demonstrate the need for financial support, and you are already actively working in your related field, and passionate about changing the relevant field, then this is the perfect opportunity for you.
Applicants can apply from the following countries:
|For both Master’s Scholarships and Early Academic Fellowships||India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal or Sri Lanka
Indonesia, Vietnam or Malaysia
|For Masters Scholarships only||Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Kosovo,
North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia or Uzbekistan.
Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico,
Peru or Venezuela.
Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines or Thailand
Which Women Qualify?
- If you are a woman and you can take up a course of study in the UK for the academic year from September/October 2023 – 2024
- If you are a woman and you can demonstrate a need for financial support
- If you are a woman and you have an undergraduate degree that will enable them to gain access to one of the pre-selected postgraduate courses at a UK university (for Masters level) or completed all components of PhD in the last three years (for Early Academic Fellowships)
- If you are a woman and you can attain the level of English required for postgraduate study/research at a UK university
- If you are a woman and you are active in the field with work experience or a proven interest in their subject area
- If you are a woman and you are passionate about their course of study and are willing to engage as committed British Council scholarship alumni
Full eligibility criteria are available below in the documents section – please note that the eligibility for a Master’s Scholarship and Early Academic Fellowships are different.
Women qualify for this scholarship should;
- Hold dual British citizenship
- Be an employee, a former employee, or relative (*) of an employee of His Majesty’s Government (including British Embassies/High Commissions; the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; Department for International Trade; the Ministry of Defence; and the Home Office)
- Be an employee, a former employee, or relative (*) of an employee of the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM – eligible countries
- (*): Relatives are defined as parents or stepparents, siblings or stepsiblings, children or stepchildren, spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner (where the couple have been in a relationship akin to marriage or civil partnership for at least two years).
- Be currently in receipt of financial support or funding towards your study programme in the UK from any other source
- Have previously studied in the UK with funding from a UK Government-funded scholarship or a UK institutional scholarship/financial bursary.
Applying For The Scholarship
Applications should be made directly to the participating universities.
You can make more than one application but need to apply through the preferred institution.
After submitting an application, you will then next hear directly from the university about the status of your application.
|UK universities||Course type||Courses on offer|
|Middlesex University –Website | Email||Masters||