British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM

Application period opens
Thursday 22 December 2022
Application period closes
Wednesday 12 April 2023

Supported by British Council

The British Council and the University of St Andrews are jointly offering five full scholarships to Masters degree applicants. Aimed to increase Women studying a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subject, from eligible countries to complete a Master’s degree in the UK.

Eligible countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro, Turkey, Kazakhstan or Uzbekistan.

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. Last year we reached over 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, and through broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive a 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.

Value of award (per year)

The award covers full overseas tuition fees, a monthly maintenance allowance (at UKRI rate) and a contribution towards travel, visa and other initial costs.

Duration of award

This award is paid for one year.

At what stage of my course application can I apply for this scholarship?

Please apply for the award after you have submitted your application for a place at St Andrews. You do not need to wait until you have received an offer of a place before applying for the award.

Application restrictions

Study level

Available to students studying at:



Available to students studying:

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), refer to the eligible programmes listed in the ‘how to apply’ section.

Domicile for fee status


Available to

Prospective students

Mode of study

Full time

Geographical criteria

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Uzbekistan

Additional criteria

  • Be a woman
  • Be a passport holder and permanent resident of one of the eligible countries listed
  • Have applied to study an eligible postgraduate programme at the University of St Andrews, before your application to British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM can be considered.
  • Have completed all components of an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry onto the postgraduate programme you are applying to by the time you submit your application and be due to start your postgraduate programme in the UK during 2022.
  • Have not previously studied at degree level or higher in the UK or lived recently in the UK
  • Meet the English language requirement for the programme you are applying to.
  • Demonstrate case for financial support.
  • Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your scholarship award has ended.

You are also required to show in the application form that:

  • You are active in the field with work experience or with a proven interest in the programme area you are applying for
  • You 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 your home country
  • You can demonstrate a plan and passion to engage other women and girls in STEM from your home country
  • You agree that your personal data being shared with the British Council as a condition of applying for the bursary

How to apply

This scholarship is available for application through the Scholarships and Funding catalogue in the Scholarships and Funding section of My Application.

  • After you have applied to one of the programmes listed below at the University of St Andrews, you can apply for scholarships and funding. You must allow at least two working days for processing and issue of your log in details before you can apply for this scholarship.

Eligible programmes (1):

  • Strategic Earth Resources
  • Health Data Science
  • Energy Ethics
  • Sustainable Development
  • Information Technology with Management
  • Data-intensive Analysis
  • Psychology (Conversion)
  • Geochemistry
  • Chemical Science
  • Finance and Economics

Eligible programmes (2):

  • Data Science (online)
  • Data Literacy for Environment and Social Justice (online)
  • Health Professions Education (online)

Priority will be given to applications from the first list of programmes (1).

Terms and conditions

Please read the University of St Andrews scholarships terms and conditions

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The British Council will make the final decision in respect of the scholarship. This means that the personal data, for the applicants nominated by the University, will be passed to the British Council as necessary to consider suitability for a scholarship and if successful to manage such.

This scholarship is not transferrable and cannot be deferred to a future year (all or in part).

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. Any involvement in these activities during your study in the UK will take up no more than five hours per term.

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 Her 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.

When will I know the outcome?

The outcome of your scholarship application shortlisting will be available on "View my applications" in Scholarships and Funding by 17 May 2023.