British Council Women in STEM Scholarships

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This scholarship programme aims to increase opportunities in STEM for girls and women.

Eligibility criteria

  • For both Master’s Scholarships and Early Academic Fellowships (PhD must be completed for fellowships): India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal or SriLanka, 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.


  • 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.

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 a 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).
  • You are currently receiving 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 

  • 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 (IELTS)

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.

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