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

In 2020 the British Council launched a scholarship programme in partnership with 19 UK universities. Women from selected countries were able to apply for a Master’s scholarship in a STEM subject at a UK university. These scholars arrive in the UK in September/October 21 to begin their studies.

In 2021, we will be launching a second edition of this scholarship programme. 

Applicants from the eligible countries (see below) will be able to apply for Master’s scholarships.

Additionally, a new set of funding opportunities will be opened up for women researchers in STEM to pursue Early Academic Fellowships. These will be for recent PhD graduates to undertake a research placement in the UK for up-to 12 months.

Applications are expected to be open from December 2021 once UK university partners have been confirmed. We will publish details here when it is available.

Likely eligibility requirements

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 Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Turkey, Ukraine,Venezuela
  • are able to take up a course of study in the UK for the academic year from Sept/Oct 2022 – 2023
  • can demonstrate a need for financial support
  • 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

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).