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British council offers STEM postgraduate scholarships for women

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The British Council is offering postgraduate scholarships that support women who aim to specialise in STEM fields.

There seems to be a notion that women are less likely to study or work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics or STEM fields.

However, the 2015 UNESCO Science Report: Towards 2030 report says that women will account for 53% of the world’s bachelor’s and master’s graduates in STEM fields.

STEM fields are currently facing a critical shortage of female representation which results in a lack of overall diversity.

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It has been found that only 3% of students enrolling in information and communication technology (ICT) courses across the globe are female. That improves slightly to 5% for mathematics and statistics courses. The numbers are slightly better with 8% for engineering courses.

According to data from the UN Scientific Education and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), fewer than 30% of researchers worldwide are women and only 30% of female students select STEM-related fields in higher education.

Female representation in some fields fares more poorly than others. For instance, in the computer science field, the gender gap leaves much to be desired. Females only make up 30% of master’s degrees and 20% of the doctorate degree holders.

The engineering field faces a similar challenge where females make up a mere 25% of master’s degrees and 23% of the doctorate degree holders.

Increasing the number of women in STEM fields will not only do wonders for diversity in the field but also plug the skills shortage plaguing the industry.

The scholarship programme is possible through a partnership with 19 UK universities and aims to benefit women from the Americas, South Asia, and South East Asia.

The scholarship will provide an opportunity for recipients to study for a master’s degree in a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programme at a leading UK university.

Women with a background in STEM, who can demonstrate their need for financial support and who wish to inspire future generations of women to pursue careers in the field are encouraged to apply for this scholarship programme.

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Successful applicants will benefit from the economic support that includes tuition fees, stipend, travel costs, visa, and health coverage fees for a master’s degree in a STEM field from a prestigious UK university.

According to the British Council, individuals who fulfil the following criteria will be eligible for the scholarship award.

  • Applicants must be citizens and residents of the eligible countries in the Americas, South Asia, and East Asia
  • Applicants should be able to take up a full-time course of study in the UK for the academic year from Sept/Oct 2021 – 2022
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate a need for financial support
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree that will enable them to gain access to one of the pre-selected postgraduate courses at a UK university
  • Applicants can attain the level of English required for postgraduate study at a UK university now or upon completion of a pre-sessional English course
  • They must be active in the field with work experience or a proven interest in their subject area
  • Applicants should be passionate about their course of study and are willing to engage as committed British Council scholarship alumni