Women in South Asia — pursue your master’s in climate change with this scholarship

Want to play a role in mitigating the climate crisis? Pursue a master’s in the field of climate change in the UK with this scholarship.

By U2B Staff 

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Climate change has been described as the “defining issue of our time” by the United Nations (UN). 

Last year’s devastating wildfire in Australia killed or displaced some three billion animals — and scientists say the region’s warming climate increased wildfire risk in the region by at least 30%.


Our sea ice, which polar bears depend on to hunt seals is melting and could contribute to their extinction by 2100.

These represent just some of the 21st-century challenges that are threatening life on Earth, and inaction will drive the world to what UN Secretary-General António Guterres described as a “point of no return.”

If you want to play a role in reversing this trend, there are many postgraduate programmes that will give you the knowledge and skills to create a variety of solutions to environmental issues.

Climate change scholarships for women

The British Council and Newcastle University have announced the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM, seven fully funded scholarships for female students from South Asia who are interested to pursue their master’s studies in the field of climate change

The scholarships are on offer for female students from the following countries: 

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Sri Lanka

What’s the value of the scholarship?

These scholarships cover full of tuition fees and up to 15 months monthly stipend at £1,116 per month. Seven awards are available.

They also cover monthly stipends, a return economy class ticket, and other study-related costs such as IELTS exam fee, visa application, NHS surcharge, and study materials.

What programmes are eligible for these scholarships?

Students in the following programmes can apply for the climate change scholarship: 

  • MSc Environmental Engineering
  • MSc Environmental Consultancy
  • MSc Hydrology and Water Management
  • MRes Environmental Geoscience
  • MSc Renewable Energy, Enterprise and Management

Who is eligible?

Among the eligibility criteria for the scholarship includes:

  • be a woman (cis-gendered or trans) or identify as non-binary
  • be a passport holder and permanent resident of one of the eligible countries
  • have submitted an application to study on one of the eligible Newcastle University postgraduate programmes, as listed above
  • have not previously studied at degree level or higher in the UK or recently lived in the UK
  • must not be in receipt of financial support or funding towards your study programme in the UK from any other source
  • return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your scholarship award has ended

You are not eligible for the scholarship if you:

  • hold dual British citizenship
  • have previously studied in the UK with funding from a UK Government-funded scholarship or a UK institutional scholarship/financial bursary
  • 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

When’s the deadline for applications?

The deadline for applications for the 2021/22 academic year is April 15, 2021.