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British Council announces STEM scholarships for women: How to apply, other details

The British Council, the UK’s international organization for educational opportunities and cultural relations, has announced the second batch of British Council Scholarships for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Over 100 scholarships are available to STEM scholars from Asia and the Americas, including 65 scholarships reserved for STEM women scientists from India and other South Asian countries, on a merit-based basis with no country-specific cap.

The first global class of 119 researchers enrolled in their chosen course in the fall session 2021 and included 19 female candidates from India.

With these scholarships, the British Council continues to support women looking to obtain global credentials in STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) at a UK university.

What will the scholarship cover?

Selected scholars will be able to obtain a master’s degree or early academic fellowship at a UK university, and the scholarship will cover tuition fees, monthly stipend, travel costs, visa and health coverage fees, as well as funding for dependents if desired by any scholar. to travel with their children.

Apply or master’s courses and fellowships across 13 universities

As part of the programme, female STEM researchers from India can apply for MSc courses and early academic fellowships across 13 UK universities in courses such as data science, environmental sciences, engineering, public health systems, information technology, renewable energy and energy management, and project management.

The scholarship is also open to women with dependents, with additional support. Applications for the British Council Scholarships for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are open until March 31, 2022, though students are encouraged to check individual university deadlines.

British Council for Women Scholarship in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Details

Countries you can apply to:

  • Both Masters Scholarships and Early Academic Fellowships: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Nepal. Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam
  • For Masters Scholarships Only: Brazil, Egypt, Mexico, Peru, Turkey, Ukraine

Eligibility – Eligibility:

These scholarships are for women who:

  • Able to take a course in the UK for the academic year September/October 2022 2023
  • Can demonstrate the need for financial support
  • Holders of an undergraduate degree enabling access to one of the pre-selected postgraduate courses at a UK university
  • Can reach the level of English required for postgraduate study/research at a UK university
  • Active in the field with work experience or a demonstrated interest in their subject area
  • They are passionate about their course of study and are ready to engage as committed British Council scholarship alumni

Key benefits:

  • Academic standing – UK universities are among the world leaders in STEM subjects
  • The economic support will include tuition fees, stipends, travel costs, visa and health coverage fees
  • Special support for mothers
  • English support

How to apply:

  • Applications must be submitted directly to the participating universities. Please follow the links on the official British Council website under the “Study and Work Abroad” section.
  • Application deadlines vary between courses but range from February 14 to April 10 10, 2022. Please check the deadline carefully with the university you plan to apply to, in order to avoid disappointment.

Why do we need STEM Scholarships for Women?

According to the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE), the gender gap in India has narrowed over the past few years.

The latest Global Skills Report from global major EdTech, Coursera also notes that women scientists in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in India grew from 22 percent before 2020 to 33 percent in 2020, even amid the pandemic.

However, the gender gap in STEM fields is still large. As a model STEM worker earns two-thirds of non-STEM workersAnd Giving women equal opportunities to pursue STEM careers helps narrow the gender pay gap and will be a major contribution to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

British Council and Department of Science and Technology (DST, Government of India) announced Gender Advancement for Transitional Organizations (GATI) In February 2020.

This initiative will lead to the introduction of a gender equality framework for Indian higher education institutions to enable an environment for equal participation of women in science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (STEMM) at all levels.

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