British Council scholarships for women in STEM

Scholarships for women


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Scholarships for women in STEM through the British Council. This a rare opportunity for ladies and girls to further strengthen their capacities. Interested? Read along to know the application process.

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Are you a woman with a degree in a STEM subject and passionate about your study? You could receive a scholarship to study a master’s degree, or an early academic fellowship, in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics programme at a leading UK university.

For the second year running, the British Council has launched a scholarship programme in partnership with 26 UK universities with the aim of benefiting women from the Americas, South Asia, South East Asia, Egypt, Turkey and Ukraine. We are looking for women with a 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.

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Why scholarships for women in STEM?

This scholarship programme aims to increase opportunities in STEM for girls and women. 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.

Globally, female students’ enrolment is particularly low in Information and Communications Technology (three percent), natural science, mathematics and statistics (five percent), and engineering, manufacturing and construction (eight percent).


Eligibility criteria for scholarships for women

The British Council Scholarships for women welcome applicants from the following countries:

For both Master’s Scholarships and Early Academic Fellowships: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal. Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam

For Masters Scholarships only: Brazil, Egypt, Mexico, Peru, Turkey, Ukraine

We are looking for women who:

  • are able to take up a course of study in the UK for the academic year from September/October 2022 – 2023
  • can demonstrate a need for financial support
  • have an undergraduate degree that will enable them to gain access onto one of the pre-selected postgraduate courses at a UK university
  • can attain the level of English required for postgraduate study/research at a UK university
  • are active in the field with work experience or a proven interest in their subject area
  • are passionate about their course of study and are willing to engage as committed British Council scholarship alumni


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Main benefits of the scholars

  • academic prestige – the UK’s universities are amongst the world’s leaders in STEM subjects
  • economic support will include tuition fees, stipend, travel costs, visa and health coverage fees
  • special support for mothers
  • English language support

How to apply

Applications should be made directly to the participating universities. Please follow the links below (information will be updated as the application process in each participating university becomes live).


Application deadlines vary between courses but range from 14 February to 10 April 2022. Please check the deadline carefully with the university you plan to apply to, in order to avoid disappointment.

Please ensure you check and meet all of the eligibility requirements  before applying.

Visit the official website here

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