British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM


The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. They build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.

The British Council has established programmes to support Women and Girls in STEM around the world, designed with a lifecycle approach in mind, from inspiring young girls to stay in STEM to supporting women working in STEM fields reach positions of leadership and network with their peers in their region and the UK.

This year, supported by the British Council, the University of Glasgow is delighted to announce 5 fully funded scholarships for female students from South East Asia interested in pursuing master’s studies in the field of Energy Transition and Climate Change.

Please see British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM for more details.

To be eligible, applicants must

  • Hold an offer of a place for an eligible postgraduate taught programme (September 2021 intake only)

  • Be classed as International students for fee purposes


Number of Scholarships


Eligible countries/regions

  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam


The scholarship covers the full costs associated with study at the University of Glasgow including:

  • Tuition fees
  • Monthly stipend of £1,116 to cover living and accommodation costs
  • Travel costs, equipment and study costs.

How to apply

Applications have now closed.

The deadline for students to apply is 4th April 2021 and successful candidates will be notified by end of May 2021.

A Steering Committee, composed of academic reviewers from the University and Programme Leads from the British Council will select the candidates through a points-based system, encompassing the programme’s criteria.

To be eligible for the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM, you must:

  • Be a woman (cis-gendered or trans) oridentify as non-binary.
  • Be a passport holder and permanent resident of one of the eligible countries–Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos,Malaysia,Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand or Vietnam
  • Have submitted an application to studyon one of the eligible University ofGlasgow postgraduate programmes, as listed above.
  • Have completed all components of an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry onto a postgraduate programme at the University of Glasgow by the time you submit your application and be due to start your postgraduate programme in the UK during 2021.
  • Demonstrate a case for financial support/socio-economic need
  • Have not previously studied at degree level or higher in the UK or lived recently in the UK.
  • You must not be in receipt of financial support or funding towards your study programme in the UK from any other source.
  • Meet the English language requirement of the University of Glasgow(or are expected to meet the requirement after a 3-month English Language pre-sessional course).
  • Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your scholarship award has ended.
  • You are required to show in your application that you are active in the field with work experience or with aproven 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 andreturning your home country.
  • You must demonstrate in your application a plan and passion to engage other women and girls in STEM from your home country.
  • You agree that your personal databeing shared withthe British Council asa condition of applying for the bursary.
  • If you are awarded a scholarship, you agree to maintain contact with the British Council and act as anambassador 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 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 employeeof the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM – eligible countries.