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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 South 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 £1,236 per month (for up to 12 months) to cover living costs, including accommodation.
  • Where applicable, accompanying child allowance for scholars consistent with UK visa requirements.
  • 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.

Eligible programmes

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

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:

  • Be a woman.
  • Be a passport holder and permanent resident of one of the following eligible countries:
    • Bangladesh
    • India
    • Nepal
    • Pakistan
    • Sri Lanka
  • Have applied for one of our eligible master's course listed above for 2023 entry.
  • Have achieved at least a strong second-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.
  • Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your scholarship award has ended.

You are not eligible for a 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 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 with funding from a UK Government-funded scholarship or a UK institutional scholarship/financial bursary.

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. We build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. Last year we reached over 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, and through broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive a 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.

Applications for this scholarship are now closed.

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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).