The British Council has launched a postgraduate scholarship programme in partnership with three leading UK universities — University of Glasgow, Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Stirling, aimed at benefiting Southeast Asian women with a background in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).

According to UNESCO, fewer than 30 percent of researchers worldwide are women and only 30 percent of female students select STEM-related fields in higher education. The British Council seeks to increase this number by establishing programmes to support women in STEM around the world, from inspiring young girls to stay in the field to supporting working women in STEM to reach positions of leadership.

Its latest programme provides fifteen full scholarships to women from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam who can demonstrate their need for financial support and who wish to inspire future generations of women to pursue careers in STEM.

The scholarships will cover full tuition fees, monthly stipends, return travel to the UK and visa and health coverage fees. Financial support will also be given to mothers with dependent children. If needed, scholars will undergo short pre-sessional English courses to meet the university’s language requirement.  

An important factor to keep in mind: all potential candidates must have submitted an application to study an eligible postgraduate programme at one of the UK university partners before their application to the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM can be considered. The scholarship is only open to those who have not previously studied at degree level or higher in the UK or lived recently in the UK.

Applications for the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM are open until March 2021 (exact dates vary) and candidates are required to apply directly to their university of interest.

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