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British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM


British Council Women in STEM Scholarship at Durham University.

Gratefully supported by the British Council, Durham University is delighted to announce six fully funded scholarships for female students from the America's interested in pursuing master’s studies in the 2021/22 academic year. The six scholarships are on offer for female students from the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.

Each of these scholarships covers full tuition fees, monthly stipends, a return economy class ticket and other study-related costs such as IELTS exam fee, visa application, NHS surcharge and study materials.

The following programmes are eligible for these scholarships:

Applications from women whose identities include multiple intersecting factors, including race, class, religion and women who are single mothers are particularly welcome.

More information about the scholarship programme can be found at

https://www.britishcouncil.org/study-work-abroad/in-uk/scholarship-women-stem

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

  • 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 - Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru or Venezuela
  • Have submitted an application to study on one of the eligible Durham University 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 Durham University 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 need via a means-test conducted by Durham University.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 must demonstrate in your application a plan and passion to engage other women and girls in STEM from your home country.
  • You agree to your personal data being shared with the British Council as a condition of applying for the bursary.
  • 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.
  • Meet the English Language requirement of Durham University (or are expected to meet the requirement after a 6 or 10 week English Language Pre-Sessional offered by Durham University). The IELTS requirements for direct entry and entry with a 6 or 10 week pre-sessional course for each of the eligible programmes are as follow. A number of other tests completed at the equivalant level are also accepted:
  • Course Direct Entry Entry with a 6 week Pre-Sessional Entry with a 10 week Pre-Sessional
    MSc Electronic and Electrical Engineering 6.5 (no component under 6.0) 6.0 (no component under 6.0) 6.0 (no component under 5.5)
    MSc New and Renewable Energy 6.5 (no component under 6.0) 6.0 (no component under 6.0) 6.0 (no component under 5.5)
    MDS Master of Data Science 7.0 (no component under 6.0) 6.5 (no component under 6.0) 6.0 (no component under 5.5)

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 employee of the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM – eligible countries.

(*): Relatives are defined as parents or step-parents, siblings or step-siblings, children or step-children, 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).

  • Full tuition fee payment for eligible Masters programme
  • Tuition fee and living expenses for 6 or 10 week pre-sessional English language programme if specified as a condition of your academic offer for one of the eligible Masters programmes
  • Living expenses (accommodaion will be provided in one of three Durham University Colleges). Hatfield College, Trevelyan College or Ustinov College.
  • Hatfield and Trevelyan Colleges are both home to a diverse mix of undergraduate and postgraduate students, the first being Durham's second oldest college, and the second a historically all-female college, with a strong ethos around the championing and development of women. Both colleges are led by members of the Science Faculty, with Hatfield College also demonstrating a strong track record for welcoming international scholars, with its Lioness Scholarship for women from developing countries. Ustinov is a specialist postgraduate college, with a diverse community of students from all over the globe. Keenan House, part of the college's accommodation estate, has a long tradition of welcoming scholars with families and can provide accommodation to suit their needs as well as help with applying for childcare and schools.
  • Visa and Insurance costs including health surcharge.
  • Return economy class travel.
  • IELTS Examination fee.
  • Allowance for one accompanying child.

Other study related costs as appropriate.

Opportunities for Scholars in terms of Connections to Industry, Internships, Placements, Networking etc.

  • Durham Energy Institute has strong connections with the energy industry within the UK, Europe and the world in general. Its Advisory Board is made up from 23 experienced senior managers from the full spectrum of industry and government. These people together with the six strong executive team and the many fellows both within and beyond Durham University, together with strategic industrial partners are the direct network the institute uses for wide array of activities including finding industrial placements for research students. Students can also access support for identifying research projects in collaboration with an Industry partner. Previous placements and dissertation projects have been undertaken in partnership with: The UK Government Department for Transport and Department for Business, BP, Ørsted, Schlumberger, Equinor, ENI, Total, ConocoPhillips, Chevron, Tata, local regional government and councils and more. We will work with the students to find appropriate placements to suit their research interests.
  • Scholars on energy related masters programmes will be able participate in all DEI run activity. This includes weekly seminars, research generator events, the annual symposium which attracts academics and industry from across the energy spectrum and poster competitions. All of these activities contribute to creating fully-rounded, mature, research savvy, highly motivated individuals who will then embark on fulfilling and rewarding careers. Our past students, scattered to the four corners of the Earth remain part of our extended family with the opportunity of life-long learning and continued professional development. We have a commitment to gender equality in all of our activities,
  • All scholars would be offered the opportunity of connecting with an industry mentor, which could be sourced from the Faculty’s network of industry and alumni contacts. Both Durham Energy Institute, the Departments of Engineering and Computer Science boast impressive External Advisory Boards of senior industry contacts from esteemed businesses around the world, who could be made available through events and networking opportunities with the scholars.


The University’s Careers & Enterprise Centre has a Faculty-based Placements Manager to support students with industry links and work experience, in addition to the bespoke Internships & Industry Manager role in the Department of Computer Science who can work with students on the Data Science programme to explore opportunities for relevant work experience.

Please ensure you have submitted an academic application to Durham University for one of the eligible programmes by midnight 5th April 2021 via the postgraduate on-line application portal

When completing your postgraduate on-line academic application form for your programme of study: In the section on Funding please answer 'yes' to the question 'Have your either applied or are going to apply for a scholarship? Then select 'Other' from the dropdown list of options and type 'British Council Women in STEM Scholarship'

In addition, please complete and return the scholarship application form available here and once complete email it by midnight 5th April 2021, together with any supporting evidence, to International.internal@durham.ac.uk..

Please ensure you enter British Council in Women in STEM Scholarship in the subject heading

Your application should show 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 to your home country.

You can demonstrate a plan and passion to engage other women and girls in STEM from your home country.

You agree to your personal data being shared with the British Council as a condition of your application.

Deadline for receipt - midnight GMT on 5th April 2021

For further information or advice:

Email: international.internal@durham.ac.uk including British Council Women in STEM in the subject heading.

The University of Durham makes every effort to ensure that the information published or contained on its website is accurate. However, the University cannot guarantee the information may not subsequently be altered owing to circumstances beyond the University’s reasonable control. Such circumstances include (but are not limited to) change in Government policy, or change of law. Whilst any changes will be incorporated into the University’s website any person wishing to clarify the details of a particular scholarship/s should contact the University at scholarships.advice@durham.ac.uk