Are you a woman with a degree or PhD in a STEM subject and passionate about your study? You could receive a scholarship to study a master's degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics programme at a leading UK university.
For the third year, the British Council is launching its Women in STEM scholarship programme in partnership with 21 UK universities with the aim of benefiting women from around the world. This is the first time that the scholarship has been launched for women from Kazakhstan.
We are looking for women with a background in STEM who can demonstrate their need for financial support and who wish to inspire future generations of women to pursue careers in STEM.
The information on this page is for applicants from Kazakhstan. For other countries, including academic fellowship applications, please see our global Women in STEM scholarship programme page.
Why a scholarship programme?
This scholarship programme aims to increase opportunities in STEM for girls and women. According to data from the UN Scientific Education and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in 2019 fewer than 30 per cent of researchers worldwide were women and only 30 per cent of female students select STEM-related fields in higher education. However, this number has been slowly gaining momentum with it currently sitting at 35 per cent (Anon, 2022).
A subject breakdown between 2017-18 showed that the number of females studying STEM subjects was particularly low in the fields of Computer Sciences, Engineering and Technology, where 19 per cent of students were female as opposed to 81 per cent male. Physical sciences and mathematics and statistics were stronger at 39 per cent and 37 per cent respectively (with their counterparts at 61 and 63 per cent respectively).
Applicants can apply for master's scholarships from the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and Egypt.
Women from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam may be eligible for master’s and early academic fellowships scholarships. Please see our global page for details.
We are looking for women who:
- can take up a course of study in the UK for the academic year from September/October 2023-2024;
- can demonstrate a need for financial support;
- have an undergraduate degree that will enable them to gain access onto one of the pre-selected postgraduate courses at a UK university (for master’s level);
- can attain the level of English required for postgraduate study or research at a UK university;
- are active in the field with work experience or a proven interest in their subject area;
- are passionate about their course of study and are willing to engage as committed British Council scholarship alumni.
Full eligibility criteria are available below in the documents section.
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 His 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 stepparents, siblings or stepsiblings, children or stepchildren, 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).
- 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 or financial bursary.
- Academic prestige: the UK’s universities are amongst the world’s leaders in STEM subjects
- Economic support will include tuition fees, stipend, travel costs, visa and health coverage fees
- Special support for mothers
- English language support.
How to apply
Applications should be made directly to the participating universities. Please click on the links below for your chosen institution. Women from Kazakhstan are eligible to apply to three UK universities, where they could compete for 15 scholarships with other female candidates from the Wider Europe region. Please check the application requirements on each university website where you may also start your application. You can make more than one application but you will need to apply through each institution separately.
Deadline for applications for Master’s scholarships: These may vary depending on institution. Please check the deadlines with your chosen institution carefully to avoid any disappointment.
Please ensure you check and meet all the eligibility requirements before applying. After submitting an application, you will next hear directly from the university about the status of your application.
Master's applicants from Kazakhstan
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University of Portsmouth
St Andrews University
* Online options are available ONLY if other options not available