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British Council Women In STEM Scholarships

About the award

Level: Masters
Course: Any eligible 1-year masters programme (Full details below)
Country: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Value: The award covers full overseas tuition fees, a monthly maintenance allowance and a contribution towards travel, visa and other initial costs.
No. of awards: 5
Deadline: 12.00pm BST, 30th April 2024

More information

In partnership with the British Council Queen Mary University of London is delighted to be offering five fully funded scholarships for Women in STEM for the 2024/25 academic year.

Access to education is one contributing factor leading to the underrepresentation of women in STEM. Therefore, the objective of this programme is to help address this situation by providing opportunities for women from the countries listed below to continue with their studies and research in STEM subjects.

Eligible Programmes

  • Creative Arts and Mental Health MSc
  • Global Public Health and Policy MSc
  • Public Mental Health MSc
  • Cancer and Clinical Oncology MSc
  • Cancer and Molecular and Cellular Biology MSc
  • Cancer and Molecular Pathology and Genomics MSc
  • Cancer and Therapeutics MSc
  • Cancer Genomics and Data Science MSc
  • Genomic Medicine (HEE Funded) MSc
  • Clinical Drug Development MSc
  • Healthcare Research Methods MSc
  • Biomedical Science (Medical Microbiology) MSc
  • Neuroscience MSc

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • You must be or identify as a woman.
  • You must be a passport holder and permanent resident of one of the following countries: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. 
  • You must meet the entry requirements for the programme you have applied for, including academic equivalents and English language.
  • You must have completed all components of an undergraduate degree at the time of applying for the scholarship.
  • Can demonstrate a need for financial support
  • Have not previously studied at a degree level or higher in the UK or lived recently in the UK
  • Agree to return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after the scholarship award has ended.

Additionally, we are looking for applicants who: 

  • Are active in the field with work experience or with a proven interest in the programme area you are applying for.
  • Are willing to demonstrate future contribution to capacity-building and socio-economic advancement through the benefits achieved after graduating from UK higher education and returning to their home country.
  • Can demonstrate a plan and passion to engage other women and girls in STEM from your home country.

Further information about the scholarship for potential candidates can be found on the British Council’s page: 

Application Guidance

Applications for the 2024-25 academic year are open now. Candidates should apply for their chosen (eligible) Master's programme at Queen Mary through our online portal in the normal way, indicating that they are applying for the scholarship. Candidates should hold a Queen Mary offer by the 30th April deadline. Offers may be conditional but candidates will need to meet all academic conditions prior to enrolment. 

To be considered for the scholarship you must also complete and upload the following QMUL- Mandatory Application Form [DOC 26KB] to your application portal before the deadline. Applicants who have not submitted this form will not be considered for the scholarship.

Please note this form will need to be uploaded after you submit your application. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an acknowledgement email with your applicant ID and login details for the applicant portal. You can use the applicant portal to track the status of your application and upload additional documents including the application form.

The British Council will make the final decision on selected scholars. If you are awarded a scholarship, you agree to maintain contact with the British Council and act as an ambassador for the UK and engage with activities as part of a British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM alumnus during and after your study in the UK.

Results are expected to be announced in mid-June. 

The British Council's full terms and conditions of the Women in STEM scholarships will be shared with the shortlisted candidates.

For more information please get in touch with the International Partnerships team at

You can also contact your Regional Manager here

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