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.

Why a scholarship programme?

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

Applicants can apply 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

Full eligibility criteria are available below in the documents section. 

Main benefits

  • 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 mid-March to mid-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. 

South Asia

Eligible countries UK universities Course type Courses on offer





Sri Lanka      

University of Strathclyde - Website | Email

Middlesex University - Website | Email

The University of Newcastle upon Tyne

University of Durham - Website | Email

The Manchester Metropolitan University

City, University of London - Website | Email 

The University of Manchester - Website | Email

University of Aberdeen - Website | Email

Goldsmiths, University of London - Website | Email

University of Southampton - Website | Email



Data Science

Environmental Science


Public Health systems

Information Technology

Renewable Energy & Energy Management

Project Management



Imperial College 

University of Stirling 

The University of Edinburgh

Early Academic Fellowship


Eligible countries  UK universities Course type Courses on offer



(Note: applications from Peru will be accepted for Imperial College London only)

Imperial College London 

The University of Warwick - Website 

Anglia Ruskin University - Website | Email

University of Nottingham - Website | Email

University of Bristol - Website | Email



Climate Change

Public Health

Environmental Science

East Asia

Eligible countries UK universities Course type Courses on offer









Edinburgh Napier University - Website | Email

Brunel University London - Website | Email

Teesside University - Website | Email

Liverpool John Moores University - Website | Email


Climate change

Healthcare management


Water engineering

University of Glasgow

University of York

Early Academic Fellowship


UK universities Course type Courses on offer

Glasgow Caledonian - Website | Email

University of Stirling 


Environment Management


Big Data Technology


UK universities Course type Courses on offer

University of Cranfield - Website



Renewable Energy



UK universities Course type Courses on offer

University of Glasgow


Sustainable Energy

Public Health

Psychological Sciences