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 FellowshipsBangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam
For Masters Scholarships onlyBrazil, 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 28 February to 10 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 countriesUK universitiesCourse typeCourses on offer
Sri Lanka      
University of Strathclyde – Website  | Email Middlesex University – Website  | Email The University of Newcastle upon Tyne – Website University of Durham – Website  | Email The Manchester Metropolitan University – Website  | Email 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  MastersData Science
Environmental Science Engineering
Public Health systems Information Technology Renewable Energy & Energy Management Project Management  
Imperial College – Website  | Email University of Stirling – Website  | Email The University of EdinburghEarly Academic Fellowship


Eligible countries UK universitiesCourse typeCourses on offer
(Note: applications from Peru will be accepted for Imperial College London only)
Imperial College London – Website  | Email The University of Warwick – Website  | Email Anglia Ruskin University – Website  | Email University of Nottingham – Website  | Email University of Bristol – Website  | Email MastersEngineeringClimate ChangePublic HealthEnvironmental Science

East Asia

Eligible countriesUK universitiesCourse typeCourses on offer
Edinburgh Napier University – Website  | Email Brunel University London – Website  | Email Teesside University – Website  | Email Liverpool John Moores University – Website  | Email MastersClimate changeHealthcare managementAutomationWater engineering
University of Glasgow – Website  | Email University of YorkEarly Academic Fellowship


UK universitiesCourse typeCourses on offer
Glasgow Caledonian – Website Email MastersEnvironment ManagementBig Data Technology
University of Stirling – Website  | Email MastersSustainable AquacultureAquatic PathobiologyAquatic Veterinary StudiesEnvironmental ManagementEnvironmental Management (Energy)Environmental Management (Conservation)Autism ResearchPsychological Research MethodsHealth PsychologyPsychologyPsychology of SportMathematics and Data ScienceBig DataFinancial TechnologyArtificial Intelligence


UK universitiesCourse typeCourses on offer
University of Cranfield – Website MastersVarious – please refer to web link 


UK universitiesCourse typeCourses on offer
University of Glasgow – Website  | Email MastersSustainable EnergyPublic HealthEnvironmental Futures / Risk ManagementMental HealthPsychological Science 



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