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British Council offers STEM scholarships for Southeast Asian women

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British Council has introduced a postgraduate STEM scholarship programme for women. Source: Pexels

Calling women in STEM who dream of studying and working in the UK — here’s the perfect opportunity for you. The British Council has launched a STEM scholarship programme with 19 UK universities, to assist women in pursuing their scientific careers. There are now five fully-funded scholarships for Southeast Asian women from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka to study at the University of Strathclyde.

According to data from the UN Scientific Education and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), fewer than 30% of researchers worldwide are women and only 30% of female students select STEM-related fields in higher education. This scholarship programme aims to remove financial barriers for talented young women, thus encouraging them to break into fields including Information and Communications Technology, natural science, mathematics and statistics, as well as engineering, manufacturing, and construction. Interested? Here’s the lowdown on this limited STEM scholarship.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM, you must:

  • be a woman or identify as non-binary
  • be a permanent resident of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal or Sri Lanka
  • have submitted an application for one of the postgraduate programmes listed below
  • demonstrate why you require financial support by taking a means-test with the University of Strathclyde
  • demonstrate academic interest or work experience in your chosen programme
  • not be a recipient of any other postgraduate study funding in the UK
  • meet the English language requirement of the University of Strathclyde
  • return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your scholarship award has ended.

What does the STEM scholarship cover?

You will receive full tuition fees, monthly stipends, a return economy class ticket, as well as funds to help you cover the IELTS exam fee, visa application, National Health Service surcharge and study materials.

How to apply?

Interested candidates must fill out the application form and submit it to the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde before March 1, 2021. Check out how to complete your application on the official website.

What can I study?

These STEM scholarships are focused on master’s studies in the field of Energy Transition at the University of Strathclyde. Here’s a list of specialisations for you to consider.

  • Advanced Chemical Engineering
  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering
  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering with Energy Systems
  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Placement
  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering with Power Plant Technologies
  • Electrical Power and Energy Systems
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • Energy Systems Innovation
  • Offshore Wind Energy
  • Smart Grids
  • Subsea and Pipeline Engineering
  • Sustainable Engineering: Chemical Processing
  • Sustainable Engineering: Offshore Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable Engineering: Renewable Energy Systems and the Environment
  • Wind Energy Systems

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