The British Council has launched an exciting new programme - its British Council Scholarship for Women in STEM. This new scheme is aimed at supporting women who wish to pursue their master’s degrees in UK universities in areas related to Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM). This new scholarship will allow over 100 women from countries in the Americas, South Asia and East Asia to obtain their advanced degree from a UK university, permitting them to further develop their careers in science.
According to data from the UN Scientific Education and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), fewer than 30 per cent of researchers worldwide are women and only 30 per cent 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).
This ambitious scholarship scheme includes tuition fees, monthly stipend, travel costs, visa and health coverage fees. The scholarship is also open to women with dependants to apply and contains a provision for scholars that might need a short pre-sessional English course to achieve the language level needed to undergo their studies.
*Women from the Americas must be from one of the following eligible countries Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. All potential candidates from the Americas must apply directly to the following universities of their interest: Imperial College London, Bangor University, Cranfield University, Durham University, Robert Gordon University, University of York, University of Bristol or the University of Wolverhampton.
*Women from South Asia must be from one of the following eligible countries Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka. All potential candidates from South Asia must apply directly to the following universities of their interest: Teesside University, City University London, University of Strathclyde, Newcastle University, Edinburgh Napier University, The University of Warwick, The University of Edinburgh or Brunel University London.
*Women from East Asia must be from one of the following eligible countries Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand or Vietnam. All potential candidates from East Asia must apply directly to the following universities of their interest: University of Glasgow, Liverpool John Moores University or the University of Stirling.
Applications for the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM are open until mid-March 2021.