The Applications for British Council WIS Scholarships for the academic year 2024/25 are now closed. Please expect a decision to your application in early to mid of June,2024. Please note any communication with regards to your selection for the scholarship will come from the UK Higher Education Institution/s that you have applied for. Please also reach out to the respective Higher Education Institution for any query related to admission or application. Apologies but British Council wouldn’t be able to provide you with adequate response. 

Are you a woman with a bachelor’s degree in a STEM subject and passionate about your study? You could receive a scholarship to study for a master's degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics programme at a leading UK university.

For the fourth year running the British Council is launching our global Women in STEM scholarship programme in partnership with UK universities. This is the fourth year that the scholarship has been launched for women from Mexico and Brazil. 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.

Available scholarships


Aston University: MSc Mechanical Engineering, MSc Future Vehicle Technologies, MSc Robotics and Autonomous Systems and MSc Smart Manufacturing.

University of Birmingham: MSc Health Economics and Health Policy, MSc Microbiology and Infection.

University of Essex: MSc in Data Science and its Applications, MSc Artificial Intelligence and its applications, MSc Applied Data Science, MSc Data Science, MSc Artificial Intelligence, MSc Big Data and Text Analytics, MSc Optimisation and Data Analytics, MSc Advanced Computer Science, MSc Financial Technology, MSc Computer Engineering, MSc Computer Networks and Security, MSc Electronic Engineering, MSc 5G and Emerging Communications Systems and MSc Intelligent Systems and Robotics.


Durham University: MSc Behavioural Science,MSc Developmental Psychology, MSc Cognitive Neuroscience, MSc Civil Engineering, MSc Renewable and Sustainable Energy, MSc Energy Engineering Management, MSc Electrical Engineering, MSc Electronic Engineering, MSc Plant Biotechnology and Enterprise, MSc Scientific Computing and Data Analysis and Master of Data Science (MDS).

University of Strathclyde: MSc: Applied Statistics in Health Science, MSc Artificial Intelligence and Applications, MSc Biomedical Engineering, MSc Civil Engineering with Structural Engineering and Project Management, MSc Clinical Health Psychology, MSc Digital Health Systems, MSc Digital Manufacturing, MSc Economics and Policy of Energy and Climate Change, MSc Health Analysis, Policy and Management, MSc Renewable Energy and Decarbonisation Technologies, MSc Software Development, MSc Sustainable Engineering, MSc Advanced Construction Technologies and BIM (Building Information Management), MSc Sustainable Engineering: Marine Technology, MSc Sustainable Engineering: Renewable Energy Systems and the Environment, MSc Sustainability and Environmental Studies. and LLM Global Environmental Law and Governance.

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.

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Eligibility criteria

We are looking for women who:

  • Be or identify as a woman.
  • Can take up a course of study in the UK for the academic year from September/October 2024–2025.
  • Can demonstrate a need for financial support (via a means-test conducted by the UK university partner).
  • 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 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.
  • Have not previously studied at degree level or higher in the UK or lived recently in the UK.
  • Return to their country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after their scholarship awards has ended.

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.

(*): 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).

  • 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.

What does the scholarship include?

In addition to the prestige of studying at a renowned UK university, the scholarship covers:

  • Full tuition fees.
  • Living stipend for 12 months including accommodation allowance.
  • Travel costs.
  • Visa and health coverage fees.
  • Refund of an IELTS English language test, if needed.

How to apply?

  • Applications should be made directly to the participating universities. Please click on the links below for your chosen institution. 
  • Women from Brazil and Mexico are eligible to apply to 4 UK universities. The universities for Brazil cohort are Aston University and University of Essex and for Mexico are University of Strathclyde and University of Durham. Please check the name of the university for eligible cohort in the list above.
  • Please check the application requirements on each university website where you may also start your application.
  • You can make more than one application, but you will need to apply through each institution separately.
  • Deadlines for applications for master’s scholarships: These vary depending on the 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 next hear directly from the university about the status of your application.