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

For the fourth year running the British Council is launching our global Women in STEM scholarship programme in partnership with UK universities. This is the fourth year that the scholarship has been launched. We are looking for women with a STEM background who can demonstrate their need for financial support and who wish to inspire future generations of women to pursue careers in STEM.

Why a scholarship programme?

According to data from the UN Scientific Education and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), less than 30 per cent of the world’s researchers 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 per cent), natural science, mathematics and statistics (five per cent), and engineering, manufacturing and construction (eight per cent). 

Educating, training, and hiring more women in STEM can lead to better scientific and financial outcomes, increasing diversity in the workforce, bringing variety in perspectives and ideas and giving organisations a competitive edge.

Eligibility criteria

* Full eligibility criteria are available below in the documents section.

We are looking for women who:

  • can take up a course of study in the UK for the academic year from September/October 2024–2025.
  • 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 (for master’s level).
  • can attain the level of English required for postgraduate study 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. 

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 – 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).

  • 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.

What does the scholarship include?

In addition to the prestige of studying at a renowned UK university, the scholarship covers:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Living stipend
  • Travel costs
  • Visa and health coverage fees
  • Refund of an IELTS English language test, if needed.

How to apply

You can make more than one application, but you will need to apply through each institution separately.

Deadlines for applications for master’s scholarships: These vary depending on the institution. Please check the deadlines with your chosen institution carefully to avoid any disappointment.

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

After submitting an application, you will next hear directly from the university about the status of your application.

For questions relating to your course of interest, please refer to the university in question.

If you have questions about the scholarships, please contact the British Council by emailing Should you be unable to locate the university's contact information, you may also email us.

All applications must be directly submitted to the respective Higher Education Institution.

South Asia


Region/Country UK universities Courses on offer





Sri Lanka

Queen Mary University of London MSc's: Creative Arts and Mental Health; Global Public Health and Policy; Public Mental Health; Cancer and Clinical Oncology; Cancer and Molecular and Cellular Biology; Cancer and Molecular Pathology and Genomics; Cancer and Therapeutics; Cancer Genomics and Data Science; William Harvey Research Institute;Clinical Drug Development; Genomic Medicine;Health care Research Methods; Biomedical Science(Medical Microbiology); Neuro science and Translational Medicine
Anglia Ruskin University MSc’s: Electronic and Electrical Engineering;Mechanical Engineering; Engineering Management;Construction Project Management; Construction and Civil Engineering Management
Greenwich University MSc’s: Data Science and its Applications; Big Data and Business Intelligence; Computer and Information Systems; Computer Science; Data Science;Management of Business Information Technology;Food Innovation; Food Safety and Quality Management;Biotechnology; Formulation Science; Pharmaceutical Science; Agriculture for Sustainable Development;Global Environmental Change; Natural Resources
The University of Southampton
MSc’s: Data and Decision Analytics; Actuarial Science;Operational Research and Finance; Statistics;Operational Research 
Coventry University MRes’s in Computer Science and Mathematical Modelling: Research Project in deep learning signal processing applied to neurology; Research Projectin mathematical modelling and algebraic analysis;Research Project in applied natural language processing and health care data analytics. MRes’s in Intelligent Healthcare: Research Project in wearable sensor development, healthcare monitoring, and health care data analytics; Research Project in vascularoptics, intelligent physiological measurement,healthcare imaging processing; Research Project inbiological system modelling, bio-signal processing maternal health, low-cost healthcare monitoring.


Region/Country UK universities Courses on offer
Brazil  Aston University MSc’s: Mechanical Engineering; Future Vehicle Technologies; Robotics and Autonomous Systems;Smart Manufacturing
University of Birmingham

MS’c : Health Economics and Health Policy 

MS’c: Microbiology and Infection (MSc)

University of Essex MSc’s: Data Science and its Applications; Artificial Intelligence and its applications; Applied Data Science;Data Science; Artificial Intelligence; Big Data and Text Analytics; Optimisation and Data Analytics;Advanced Computer Science; Financial Technology;Computer Engineering; Computer Networks and Security; Electronic Engineering; 5G and Emerging Communications Systems; Intelligent Systems and Robotics
Mexico University of Strathclyde MSc’s: Applied Statistics in Health Science; Artificial Intelligence and Applications; Biomedical Engineering;Civil Engineering with Structural Engineering and Project Management; Clinical Health Psychology;Digital Health Systems; Digital Manufacturing;Economics and Policy of Energy and Climate Change;Health Analysis, Policy and Management; Renewable Energy and Decarbonisation Technologies; Software Development; Sustainable Engineering: Advanced Construction Technologies and BIM (Building Information Managment); Sustainable Engineering:Marine Technology; Sustainable Engineering:Renewable Energy Systems and the Environment;Sustainability and Environmental Studies.LLM Global Environmental Law and Governance
Durham University  Msc’s: Behavioural Science; Developmental Psychology; Cognitive Neuro science; Civil Engineering;Renewableand Sustainable Energy; Energy Engineering Management; Electrical Engineering; Electronic Engineering; Plant Biotechnology and Enterprise;Scientific Computing and Data Analysis; Master of Data Science (MDS)

East Asia

Region/Country UK universities Courses on offer








Bristol University MSc's: Epidemiology; Health Economics and Health Policy Analysis; Medical Statistics and Health Data Science; Public Health; Molecular Neuroscience;Translational Cardiovascular Medicine; Global Wildlife Health and Conservation; Biomedical Sciences Research; Psychology (Conversion);Science Communication for a Better Planet;Applied Neuropsychology; Biorobotics; Digital Health; Engineering with Management – Intelligent Manufacturing; Engineering with Management - Energy for Sustainability; Nuclear Science and Engineering;Communication Networks and Signal Processing;Cyber Security (Infrastructures Security); Earthquake Engineering and Infrastructure Resilience; Water and Environmental Management; Scientific Computing and Data Science; Environmental Analytical Chemistry;Climate Change Science and Policy; Environmental Modelling and Data Analysis; Environmental Policy and Management; Global Development and Environment;International Security; Society, Politics and Climate Change;Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Hong Kong Newcastle University MSc’s: Environmental Engineering; Sustainability Management; Economics and FinanceLLM Emerging Technologies and the LawMA International Development and Education with Cross Cultural Communication





Bath University MSc’s: Biotechnology (Sustainable Biotechnologies;Biotechnology (Healthcare Biotechnologies; Computer Science; Machine Learning & Autonomous Systems;Environmental Engineering; Robotics and Autonomous Systems; Automotive Technology; Architectural Engineering: Environmental Design

Wider Europe

Region/Country UK universities Courses on offer








Bosnia and Herzegovina



North Macedonia


Cranfield University MSc’s: Advanced Water Management; Water and Sanitation for Development; Water and Wastewater Engineering; Applied Bioinformatics; Environmental Engineering; Environmental Management for Business; Food Systems & Management; Future Food Sustainability; Geographical Information Management;Global Environmental Change; Advanced Mechanical Engineering; Advanced Digital Energy Systems;Renewable Energy; Engineering & Management of Manufacturing Systems; Management and Information Systems; Air Transport Management; Airport Planning and Management; Automotive Engineering; Automotive Mechatronics; Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Engineering (Automotive); Aerospace Vehicle Design;Thermal Power and Propulsion; Robotics; Applied Artificial Intelligence; Computational and Software Techniques in Engineering; Computational Engineering;Advanced Water Management; Autonomous Vehicle Dynamics and Control MDes Design Thinking
University of St. Andrews MSc’s: Chemical Sciences; Astrophysics; Geochemistry;Energy Policy and Finance; Sustainable Development;Health Data Science
University of Glasgow MSc’s: Environmental Futures: Sustainable Systems; Earth Futures: Environments, Communities, Relationships; Sustainable Water Environments; Sustainable Tourism & Global Challenges (Dumfries Campus); Environmental Risk Management (Dumfries Campus; Ecology & Environmental Monitoring (Dumfries campus); Sustainable Energy; Global Mental Health; Health Services Management; Human Nutrition MPH Public Health

Central Asia/South Caucasus

Region/Country UK universities Courses on offer






University of Stirling MSc’s: Sustainable Aquaculture; Aquatic Pathobiology;Aquatic Veterinary Studies; Environmental Remote Sensing and Geospatial Sciences; Environmental Management; Environmental Management (Energy);Environmental Management (Conservation);Environmental Management (Informatics); Autism Research; Health Psychology; Psychological Research Methods; Psychology of Sport; Psychology;Mathematics and Data Science; Big Data; Financial Technology (Fintech); Artificial Intelligence

Wider Europe (Turkey)

University of Bradford MSc’s: Advanced Biomedical Engineering; Advanced Civil and Structural Engineering; Advanced Chemicaland Petroleum Engineering; Advanced Mechanical Engineering; Applied Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics MA Advanced Practice in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution

ASEAN - UK SAGE Women in STEM Scholarships

The British Council, in partnership with the ASEAN Secretariat, is delighted to introduce the ASEAN-UK SAGE Women in STEM Scholarships. This scholarship initiative is an integral part of the wider ASEAN-UK SAGE Programme, showcasing a mutual dedication to promoting gender equality and empowering women throughout the ASEAN region and Timor-Leste. Please visit the website  for details.

*The applications for the ASEAN scholarships for Imperial and Warwick are now closed. The universities will reach out to candidates with decisions in early June.