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 in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics programme at a leading UK university.

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.

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 your preferred institution.

Click below to discover scholarships available in the Americas:

Americas (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru or Venezuela)


UK universities Course type Courses on offer

Brunel University London

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  1. Renewable Energy Engineering
  2. Structural Engineering
  3. Project and Infrastructure Management
  4. Sustainable Electrical Power
  5. Water Engineering Environmental
  6. Management Environmental Sciences

Anglia Ruskin University

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  1. Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  2. Mechanical Engineering 
  3. Engineering Management
  4. Construction Project Management
  5. Construction and Civil Engineering Management


UK universities Course type Courses on offer

University of Birmingham


  1. Health Research Methods
  2. Public Health (Global Health)
  3. Health Economics and Health Policy
  4. Microbiology and Infection
  5. Health, Safety and Environment Management

Please also see Americas for Brazil


UK universities Course type Courses on offer

University of Nottingham

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  1. Architecture and Sustainable Design
  2. Renewable Energy and Architecture
  3. Drug Discovery
  4. Biotechnology
  5. Clinical Nutrition
  6. Environmental Leadership and Management

Please also see Americas for Mexico

Deadline for applications for Master’s scholarships: These may vary depending on institution. Please check the deadlines with your chosen institution carefully to avoid any disappointment.

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.


 Application deadlines are determined by the participating universities. Therefore, we recommend that you carefully observe the deadlines according to the universities you are interested in to make sure you know the deadline for the program you are interested in, so be sure to pay attention!

Why a scholarship programme?

This scholarship programme aims to increase opportunities in STEM for girls and women, and according to data from the UN Scientific Education and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in 2019 fewer than 30 percent of researchers worldwide are women and only 30 percent of female students select STEM-related fields in higher education, but this number has slowly been gaining momentum with it currently siting at 35% (Anon, 2022).

A subject breakdown between 2017-18 showed that females studying STEM subjects was particularly low.  Computer Sciences, Engineering & Technology, with 19% opposed to 81% with males.  Physical sciences and mathematics and statistics are stronger at 39% and 37% respectively (with their counterparts at 61 and 63% respectively).

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.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants can apply from the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru or Venezuela.

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 onto one of the pre-selected postgraduate courses at a UK university for Master’s level.
  • can attain the level of English required for postgraduate study or 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 - please note that for countries in the Americas we only have eligibility for a Master’s Scholarship, not for Early Academic Fellowships.


For questions relating to your course of interest, please refer to the university in question.

If you have questions about the scholarships, please contact the British Council by emailing Should you be unable to locate the university's contact information, you may also email us or visit our global website:


Women in STEM Scholarships Frequently Asked Questions (updated 06/02/23)

Eligibility Criteria for Master’s Women in STEM Scholarships Academic Year 2023-24

More information about the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM in the British Council's global website