British Council scholarships for women in STEM

The University of Manchester is proud to offer five fully-funded scholarships to women from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka completing specific master's courses in STEM.

This scholarship programme – supported by the British Council – aims to increase opportunities in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for girls and women.

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

Globally, enrolment among women is particularly low in information and communications technology (3%), natural science, mathematics and statistics (5%), and engineering, manufacturing and construction (8%).

A total of five British Council scholarships for Women in STEM are available from The University of Manchester.

Scholarship applications will open to relevant offer-holders from January 2023.

A scholarship application form will automatically be emailed to all relevant offer-holders by the International Office from mid-January 2023.

The deadline for application form submission is 30 April 2023.

Scholarship information

What is included in the scholarship?

The scholarship covers:

  • tuition fees;
  • a monthly stipend at the rate of £1,236 per month (for up to 12 months) to cover living costs, including accommodation;
  • where applicable, accompanying child allowance for scholars consistent with UK visa requirements;
  • IELTS exam fee (for scholars without a valid test of English);
  • return economy-class travel from home country to the UK;
  • study-related costs, such as essential travel, materials, equipment, thesis printing;
  • visa and insurance/NHS surcharge costs;
  • other costs (such as heavy baggage allowance).


To be eligible for the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM offered by The University of Manchester you need to:

  • be a woman, or identify as a woman;
  • be a passport holder and permanent resident of Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka;
  • be in receipt of a conditional or unconditional offer for September 2023 entry to study on an eligible postgraduate course at The University of Manchester;
  • have not previously studied at degree level or higher in the UK or lived recently in the UK;
  • have completed all components of an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry on to a postgraduate programme at a UK university, and be due to start your postgraduate programme in the UK during 2023 by the time of registration;
  • meet or be working towards fulfilling the English language requirement stated in your offer by the stated deadline;
  • demonstrate a case for financial support;
  • return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your scholarship award has ended;
  • demonstrate that you are active in the field of study with work experience or with a proven interest in the course area you are applying for;
  • demonstrate plans for future contribution to capacity-building and socio-economic advancement through the benefits achieved after graduating and returning to your home country;
  • demonstrate a plan and passion to engage other women and girls in STEM from your home country;
  • agree to your personal data being shared with the British Council as a condition of applying for the bursary;
  • 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.

You are not eligible for a British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM if you:

  • hold dual British citizenship;
  • 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;
  • are currently in receipt of financial support or funding towards your study programme in the UK from any other source;
  • have previously studied in the UK with funding from a UK Government-funded scholarship or a UK institutional scholarship/financial bursary.

How to apply

A scholarship application form will be emailed to all relevant offer-holders by the International Office.

The deadline for application form submission is 30 April 2023.

Successful candidates will be notified by 10 June 2023.

Personal data

You must agree for your personal data to be shared with the British Council, who will be jointly responsible with The University of Manchester for allocating the scholarships.

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

It builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.

Last year, we reached more than 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, and through broadcasts and publications.

Founded in 1934 it is a UK charity governed by the Royal Charter and a UK public body.

It receives a 15% core funding grant from the UK government

Have a question?

If you still have a question about the scholarships, email with ‘Women in STEM’ as the subject header.