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Durham University


Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Scholarship

The Faculty of Science is pleased to announce the availability of the Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Scholarships, which have been made possible by the generous support of our alumni community. The under-representation of women in STEM subjects has been a topical issue across the world, and we are keen to attract and support more women into scientific disciplines to ensure a diverse and vibrant network is sustained across academia and industry in the future.

One scholarship will be available each year until 2021/22 academic year to applicants planning to commence their studies at Durham University on an undergraduate degree within the Faculty of Science. Each scholarship is worth $7,500 (equivalent) across the duration of your course (i.e. $7,500 equally distributed annually across a 3 or 4 year course).

  • The Women in STEM Scholarship will provide one scholarship to a student in need of financial assistance
  • Applicants should be resident in the UK, and be identified as 'Home' fees for University tuition fee purposes, at the point of submitting an academic application through UCAS for a place at Durham University
  • Applicants should be female and applied to study and undergraduate programme in the Faculty of Science at Durham University
  • Applications will be accepted from students applying to study 3 or 4 year courses. However, the total value of the scholarship will be $7,500 (equivalent) in both cases.
  • Educated at a state-maintained school, college or other secondary education provider

Level of Study


Mode of study

Full time

Year of Entry

Applicants forentry in the 2021/22 academic year


All undergraduate programmes, including Foundation Years if applicable

$7,500 (equivalent), equally allocated across the duration of your course, to contribute towards tuition fees, living costs and other associated costs of study (i.e. you will receive an amount of $7,500 shared equally across the duration of your study)


The duration of their programme at Durham University (maxiimum 4 years funding)

Number of awards available per year


Prospective applicants must:

  • Stage 1: submit an academic application to Durham University via UCAS prior to the scholarship deadline
  • Stage 2

Submit a scholarship application form by 31st March 2021.

    • an online scholarship application including a personal statement of no more than 1,000 words describing; your financial circumstances, how the STEM Scholarship would help you to study at Durham University and why you want to study a science subject at Durham University
    • a character reference from one of your teachers in support of your scholarship application to be sent with your application form. Please ensure your referee submits the reference on letter headed paper which contains their name, position (e.g. teacher or employer), contact details and your full name.
    • a copy of your Student Finance England assessment letter detailing your maintenance loan entitlement to be sent by email to . (If you are waiting for confirmation of your entitlement please submit your scholarship application and forward details of your assessment letter as soon as you can)

Applications accepted:

18th December 2020

Application deadline:

31st March 2021

When candidates will hear the outcome of their application:

May 2021

  • All eligible applications will be considered on the basis of their personal statements, reference and academic status.
  • Other scholarship awards may also be taken into account when considering the allocation of the scholarship (e.g. if you are eligibile for multiple scholarships you may apply for them but you will only be awarded one).

For further information or advice:


Phone: +44 (0)191 334 6395

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