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British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM

Alongside the British Council, we're offering five fully funded scholarships to women from East Asia studying one of our eligible STEM master's courses.

About the awards

Find out more about the British Council Women in STEM Scholarships and what costs they cover.

Access to education is one contributing factor leading to the underrepresentation of women in STEM. The objective of this programme is to help address this situation by providing opportunities for women from the countries listed below to continue with their studies and research in STEM subjects. According to data from the UN Scientific Education and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), fewer than 30 percent of researchers worldwide are women and only 30 percent of female students select STEM-related fields in higher education. The British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM aim to support access to postgraduate education for women who can demonstrate their need for financial support and who wish to inspire future generations of women to pursue careers in STEM.

The scholarship covers:

  • tuition fees
  • a monthly stipend at the rate of £1,347 per month (for up to 12 months) to cover living costs, including accommodation
  • IELTS exam fee (for scholars without a valid test of English)
  • return economy-class travel from home country to the UK
  • visa and insurance/NHS surcharge costs

'I needed financial aid; I couldn’t afford to study in the UK and pay the fees as well as the living costs. The scholarship also aligned with my passion for working in STEM. I liked that it promoted women’s empowerment.' —Basrah Bilal, Women in STEM Scholar 2023

Eligible programmes

The British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM are open to the programmes in the Faculties of Science and Engineering & Design.

In order to apply for this award, you must submit a separate scholarship application. You must also have first applied for one of the below one-year master's programmes for 2024 entry:

Please note, these awards are available for our standalone master's courses only and do not include our pre-sessional courses.

Eligibility criteria

In order to apply for this scholarship, you must also meet all of the below criteria.

To be eligible for the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM, you must:

  • identify as a woman
  • be a passport holder and permanent resident of one of the following eligible countries:
    • Thailand
    • Indonesia
    • Philippines
    • Cambodia
  • have applied for one of our eligible master's course listed above for September 2024 entry
  • have achieved a high second-class or first-class bachelor's honours degree or international equivalent in your undergraduate study
  • have not previously studied at degree level or higher in the UK or lived recently in the UK
  • demonstrate a strong case for financial support/socio-economic need
  • return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your scholarship award has ended

You are not eligible for the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM if you:

  • hold dual British citizenship
  • are an employee, a former employee, or relative* of an employee of His Majesty’s Government (including but not limited to: British Embassies/High Commissions, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Department for International Trade, the Ministry of Defence, and the Home Office)
  • are an employee, a former employee, or relative* of an employee of the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM
  • are 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 at degree level or higher or lived recently in the UK
Basrah, standing in front of the University Library, smiling at the camera.
‘Getting the scholarship was overwhelming, it was a really joyous moment for me. Obviously, I was so happy!’
Basrah Bilal Women in STEM Scholar

About the British Council

Find out more about the British Council and their aims.

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. They build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. Last year they reached over 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, and through broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, they are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. They receive a 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.

Find out how to apply for this scholarship

How to apply


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(*): 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).