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Are you a woman with a degree 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 running, the British Council has launched a scholarship programme in partnership with UK universities with the aim of benefiting women from around the world. We are looking for women with a STEM background 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

University Country No of Scholarships Course type and deadline Courses on offcer
The University of Warwick  Turkey Masters
Monday. 22 May 2023 
  • Humanitarian Engineering 
  • Humanitarian Engineering with Sustainability
  • Humanitarian Engineering with Management 
  • Intelligent Manufacturing Systems
  • Healthcare Operational Management 
  • Public Health (MPH) 
  • Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research (IBR)
  • Health Research 
  • Analytical Sciences and Instrumentation (ASI) 
  • Polymer Chemistry (PC)
  • Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management 
  • Medical Biotechnology and Business Management 
  • Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate  
  • Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century
  • Food Security 
  • Global Sustainable Development 
The University of St Andrews Albania
Bosnia and Herzegovina
North Macedonia
5 Masters
Tuesday. 21 March 2023
  • Strategic Earth Resources
  • Health Data Science
  • Energy Ethics
  • Sustainable Development
  • Information Technology with Management
  • Data-intensive Analysis
  • Psychology (Conversion)
  • Geochemistry
  • Chemical Science
  • Finance and Economics
Cranfield University Albania
Bosnia and Herzegovina
North Macedonia
5 Masters
Friday. 7 April 2023
  • Aerospace 
  • Bioinformatics Design Thinking
  • Energy
  • Environmental Studies 
  • Food
  • Robotics
  • Water-related courses


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 to 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.

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 
  • 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.

(*): 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). 

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

You can submit an application for the scholarship by completing the application form on the universities’ websites.

The University of Warwick – apply by Monday, 22 May 2023
The University of St Andrews  – apply by Tuesday, 21 March 2023
Cranfield University – apply by Friday, 7 April 2023

You can make more than one application but need to apply through the preferred institution. 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. 

Join one of the webinars to find out scholarship application requirements of the UK universities.

  • Webinar No 1: Tuesday, 14 March at 17.00 (Turkey time)
  • Webinar No 2: Tuesday, 28 March at 13.00 (Turkey time)