Are you a woman with a degree or PhD 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 third year, the British Council is launching its Women in STEM scholarship programme in partnership with 21 UK universities with the aim of benefiting women from the Americas, South Asia, East Asia, western Balkans, central Asia, Brazil, Egypt, Mexico, and Turkey.

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, and according to data from the UN Scientific Education and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in 2019 fewer than 30 percent of researchers worldwide are women and only 30 percent of female students select STEM-related fields in higher education, but this number is slowly been gaining momentum with it currently siting at 35% (Anon, 2022).

A subject breakdown between 2017-18 showed that females studying STEM subjects was particularly low.  Computer Sciences, Engineering & Technology, with 19% opposed to 81% with males.  Physical sciences and mathematics and statistics are stronger at 39% and 37% respectively (with their counterparts at 61 and 63% respectively).

Eligibility criteria

Applicants can apply from the following countries:

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

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia or Uzbekistan

Turkey

Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru or Venezuela

Egypt

We are looking for women who:

  • Can take up a course of study in the UK for the academic year from September/October 2023 – 2024.
  • 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 Masters level) or completed all components of PhD in the last three years (for Early Academic Fellowships).
  • 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 - please note that the eligibility for a Master’s Scholarship and Early Academic Fellowships are different. 

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.

Main benefits 

  • Acdemic 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 click on the links below for your chosen region or country for specific institutional information. 
You can make more than one application but need to apply through the preferred institution.

Deadlines for applications for Master scholarships and Early Academic Fellowships:  These may vary depending on 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 then next hear directly from the university about the status of your application.

MASTERS

South Asia

 

UK universities

Course type

Courses on offer

Coventry University

Website  | Email 

Masters

  1. MRes Computer Science
  2. MRes Engineering

University of Bath
Website  | Email 

Masters

  1. Molecular Biosciences (Bioinformatics)
  2. Biotechnology (Sustainable Biotechnologies)
  3. Biotechnology (Healthcare Biotechnologies) 
  4. Molecular Biosciences (Medical Biosciences) 
  5. Drug Discovery 
  6. Environmental Engineering 
  7. Zero Carbon Futures 
  8. Civil Engineering 
  9. Data Science 
  10. Machine Learning & Autonomous Systems 
  11. Computer Science
  12. Robotics and Autonomous Systems 
  13. Automotive Technology with Business Development
  14. Architectural Engineering: Environmental Design

The University of Manchester
Website  | Email 

Masters

  1. Pollution and Environmental Control
  2. Renewable Energy and Clean Technology
  3. Geosciences for Sustainable Energy
  4. Subsurface Energy Engineering
  5. Management of Projects
  6. Biomaterials
  7. Clinical Biochemistry
  8. Genomic Medicine
  9. Health Data Science
  10. Medical Imaging Science
  11. Medical and Molecular Virology
  12. Model-based Drug Development
  13. Molecular Pathology

 

Americas

UK universities

Course type

Courses on offer

Brunel University London

Website Email 

Masters

1.    Renewable Energy Engineering

2.    Structural Engineering

3.    Project and Infrastructure Management

4.    Sustainable Electrical Power

5.    Water Engineering Environmental

6.    Management Environmental Sciences.

Anglia Ruskin University

Website | Email 

 

Masters

1.    Electronic and Electrical Engineering

2.    Mechanical Engineering

3.    Engineering Management

4.    Construction Project Management

5.    Construction and Civil Engineering Management

Brazil

UK universities

Course type

Courses on offer

University of Birmingham

Website 

Masters

1.   Health Research Methods

2.   Public health (Global Health)

3.   Health Economics and Health Policy

4.   Microbiology and Infection

5.   Health, Safety and Environment
  Management. 

NB: Please also see The Americas for Brazil.

Mexico

UK universities

Course type

Courses on offer

University of Nottingham

Website | Email 

Masters

1.   Architecture and Sustainable Design 

2.   Renewable Energy and Architecture 

3.   Drug Discovery

4.   Biotechnology 

5.   Clinical Nutrition 

6.   Environmental Leadership and Management 

NB: Please also see the Americas for Mexico

East Asia

UK universities

Course type

Courses on offer

Middlesex University Website  | Email 

Masters

1.   Data Science 

2.   Computer Science 

3.   Industry4.0/Digital Transformation 

4.   Intelligent Telecommunications Engineering 

5.   Engineering Management 

6.   Robotics

University of Strathclyde
Website  | Email 

 

Masters

1.   Applied Statistics in Health Science 

2.   Artificial Intelligence and Applications 

3.   Biomedical Engineering 

4.   Civil Engineering with Structural Engineering and Project Management 

5.   Climate Change Adaptation 

6.   Clinical Health Psychology 

7.   Digital Health Systems 

8.   Digital Manufacturing 

9.   Economics and Policy of Energy and Climate Change 

10.   Global Environmental Law and Governance 

11.   Health Analysis, Policy and Management 

12.   Renewable Energy and Decarbonisation Technologies

13.   Sustainable Engineering: Advanced Construction Technologies and BIM (Building Information Management) 

14.   Sustainable Engineering: Renewable Energy Systems and the Environment, Sustainability and Environmental Studies

Newcastle University
Website  | Email 

 

Masters

1.   Hydrogeology and Water Management 

2.   Renewable Energy Enterprise Management
  (REEM)  

3.   Environmental Engineering 

4.   Marine Ecosystems and Governance 

5.   Global Public Health MSc 

6.   Sustainable Chemical Engineering 

7.   Hydrology and Water Management.

Egypt

UK universities

Course type

Courses on offer

Imperial College London

Website | Email 

Masters

1.   International Health Management

2.   Climate Change, Management and Finance

3.   Environmental Engineering

4.   Hydrology and Water Resources Management 

5.   Transport 

6.   Ecology, Evolution and Conservation 

7.   Biomedical Engineering 

8.   Taxonomy, Biodiversity and Evolution 

9.   Environmental Data Science and Machine Learning 

10.   Sustainable Energy Futures 

11.   Future Power Networks 

12.   Applied Machine Learning

13.   Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management  

14.   Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

15.   Computing 

16.   Advanced Materials Science and Engineering 

17.   Environmental Technology 

18.   Green Chemistry: Energy and the Environment 

19.   Drug Discovery and Development

20.   Machine Learning and Big Data in the Physical Sciences 

University of Glasgow

Website | Email

 

Masters

1.   Environmental Futures: Sustainable Systems 

2.   Earth Futures: Environments, Communities, Relationships 

3.   Sustainable Water Environments 

4.   Sustainable Tourism & Global Challenges

5.   Environmental Risk Management  

6.   Energy Transition - Sustainable Energy 

7.   Health and Life Sciences

8.   Global Mental Health 

9.   Health Services Management 

10.   Human Nutrition 

11.   Public Health

Turkey

UK universities

Course type

Courses on offer

The University of Warwick Website  | Email 

Masters

1.   Humanitarian Engineering

2.   Humanitarian Engineering with Sustainability 

3.   Humanitarian Engineering with Management

4.   Intelligent Manufacturing Systems

5.   Healthcare Operational Management

6.   Public Health (MPH) 

7.   Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research (IBR) 

8.   Health Research 

9.   Analytical Sciences and Instrumentation (ASI)

10.   Polymer Chemistry (PC) 

11.   Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management 

12.   Medical Biotechnology and Business Management 

13.   Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate 

14.   Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century 

15.   Food Security 

16.   Global Sustainable Development 

17.   Sustainable Automotive Electrification

18.   Cyber Security Management

NB: Please also see wider Europe for Turkey

Wider Europe

UK universities

Course type

Courses on offer

Cranfield University

Website

Masters

1.    Advanced Water Management

2.    Water and Sanitation for Development 

3.    Water and Wastewater Engineering

4.    Design Thinking

5.    Applied Bioinformatics 

6.    Environmental Engineering

7.    Environmental Management for Business 

8.    Food Systems & Management 

9.    Future Food Sustainability 

10. Geographical Information Management 

11. Global Environmental Change 

12. Advanced Mechanical Engineering 

13. Advanced Digital Energy Systems 

14. Advanced Heat Engineering 

15. Renewable Energy

16. Engineering & Management of Manufacturing Systems 

17. Management and Information Systems 

18. Air Transport Management 

19. Airport Planning and Management

20. Automotive Engineering 

21. Automotive Mechatronics 

22. Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Engineering (Automotive) 

23. Thermal Power and Propulsion

24. Robotics

25. Applied Artificial Intelligence 

26. Computational and Software Techniques in Engineering 

27. Aerospace Computational Engineering

St. Andrews University
Website  | Email 

 

Masters

  1. Strategic Earth Resources 
  2. Health Data Science 
  3. Energy Ethics
  4. Sustainable Development  
  5. Information Technology with Management 
  6. Data-intensive Analysis 
  7. Psychology Conversion
  8. Geochemistry 
  9. Chemical Science 
  10. Finance and Economics
  11. Data Science (online)*
  12.  Data Literacy for Environment and Social Justice (online)
  13. Health Professions Education (online)*

 

 * Online options are available ONLY if other options not available.

Western Balkans

UK universities

Course type

Courses on offer

City, University of London
Website  | Email 

Masters

1.   Energy and Environmental Technology and
  Economics 

2.   Renewable Energy and Power Systems
  Management

3.   Project Management, Finance and Risk 

4.   Civil Engineering Structures 

5.   Maritime Operations and Management 

6.   Construction Management 

Central Asia (Kazakhstan/Uzbekistan)

UK universities

Course type

Courses on offer

University of Portsmouth
Website  | Email 

Masters

1.   Engineering Management 

2.   Mechanical Engineering 

3.   Advanced Manufacturing

NB: Please also see western Europe for Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

FELLOWSHIPS

East Asia

UK universities Contact
Aston University Website | Email 
Middlesex University Website  | Email 

South Asia

UK universities Contact
Imperial College London Website | Email
The University of Edinburgh Website | Email

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 UK.Scholarships@britishcouncil.org. Should you be unable to locate the university's contact information, you may also email us.

Updated on 01/02/2023.