New Delhi: 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 for STEM scholars from Asia and the Americas, among which 65 scholarships are for STEM scholars from India and other South Asian countries, awarded on the basis of merit with no country-specific cap. 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, a monthly stipend, travel costs, visa fees and health coverage, as well as funding for dependents if any researcher is involved. Likes to travel with their children.
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.
Barbara Wickham Obi, India Director, British Council, said: “Based on the overwhelming positive experience and feedback from previous scholarships, we are excited to offer this fourth round of scholarships to women in STEM fields with the UK being widely recognized as a Home to some of the best universities in the world that offer high-quality programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, we hope to empower women from all over India to earn a Master’s degree or Academic Associate at leading UK universities.”
“The British Council is committed to educating girls and tackling gender imbalances in science, technology and innovation, including in academia. Since 2018, more than 180 Indian women have been able to earn an MSc in STEM subjects in the UK, and these new scholarships will support more women in making transformative changes in their lives. Then continue to leave a mark on the world and inspire future generations.”
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, energy management and project management. The scholarship is also open to women with dependents, with additional support. Applications for British Council Scholarships for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are open until 31 March 2022, although students are encouraged to check individual university deadlines.
For more details on the scholarship eligibility criteria, or other information including the full list of participating UK universities, available courses and university-specific deadlines, please visit:
Addressing gender equality in STEM education/jobs
The British Council has been actively involved in promoting gender equality in science to create more opportunities for women researchers in STEM fields.
The British Council and Department of Science and Technology (DST, Government of India) announced the Gender Advancement Initiative (GATI), in February 2020. This initiative will lead to the introduction of a gender equality framework for Indian higher education institutions to enable the environment for equal participation of women in science and technology and Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at all levels. The British Council works to enable links between Indian stakeholders and British institutions to enhance institutional efficiency, in order to narrow the gender gap in STEM education.
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