A young woman in a white lab coat looks at a scientific screen. The image has a purple border for the British Council Women in STEM programme.

Are you a woman with a bachelor’s degree in a STEM subject and passionate about your study? You could receive a scholarship to study for a masters degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics programme at a leading UK university.

Applications for British Council Women in STEM Scholarships for the academic year 2024/25 are now closed. Information about next year’s scholarships will be available on this page in early 2025. If you have applied for a scholarship this year, please expect a decision by the end of June 2024. Please note that any communication around your selection for the scholarship will come from the UK higher education institution(s) for which you have applied. Please also reach out to the respective institution for any query related to admission or applications.

For the fourth year running the British Council is launching our global Women in STEM scholarship programme in partnership with UK universities. This is the second year that the scholarship has been launched for women from Kazakhstan.

We are looking for women with a STEM background 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, please visit our global Women in STEM scholarships webpage.

Why a scholarship programme?

Studying in the UK in the STEM field will broaden my potential career horizons and help me to contribute to my country as I want to be a part of the changes towards sustainability in our community. I would advise future applicants with a STEM background not to give up; continue to explore subjects in STEM and remember that your contribution is valuable.

Yerkezhan A., Almaty
MSc Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews

According to data from the UN Scientific Education and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), less than 30 per cent of the world’s researchers are women and only 30 per cent of female students select STEM-related fields in higher education.

Globally, female students’ enrolment is particularly low in information and communications technology (three per cent), natural science, mathematics and statistics (five per cent), and engineering, manufacturing and construction (eight per cent).

In Kazakhstan, only 25 per cent of women choose a career in STEM (Gender gap in STEM studies and ways to overcome them: a Kazakhstan case, A. Kussaiynkyzy, G. Zh. Doskeyeva, Central Asian Economic Review, 2020;(3):91-105).

Educating, training and hiring more women in STEM can lead to better scientific and financial outcomes, increasing diversity in the workforce, bringing variety in perspectives and ideas, and giving organisations a competitive edge.

If I were to complete my education in the UK, I would gain practical knowledge about the progression of British companies and apply it to driving progress in Kazakhstani firms. I see myself as a CEO of a corporation with headquarters around the world. I am not afraid to dream big and work hard as I know what awaits me at the end.

Ayaulym Armanova, Semey
MSc Management and Information Systems, Cranfield University

Eligibility criteria

Please visit our global page for information for applicants from outside Kazakhstan.

* Full eligibility criteria are available in the ‘Downloads’ section below.

We are looking for women who:

  • can take up a course of study in the UK for the academic year from September/October 2024–25
  • can demonstrate a need for financial support
  • have an undergraduate degree that will enable them to gain access to 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 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.

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
  • 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.

(*) 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).

What does the scholarship include?

In addition to the prestige of studying at a renowned UK university, the scholarship covers:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Monthly living stipend
  • Return flights to the UK from your home country
  • Visa and health coverage fees
  • Refund of an IELTS English language test, if required
  • Study related costs, such as essential travel within the course, materials, thesis binding, etc.

How to apply

Applications should be made directly to the participating universities. Please click on the links for your chosen institution in the ‘Available scholarships’ section below.

Women from Kazakhstan are eligible to apply to four UK universities, where they will compete for 20 scholarships with other female candidates from the Wider Europe region. Each of the universities listed on this page is offering five scholarships to women from countries in Wider Europe, including Kazakhstan. Please check the application requirements on each university website, where you may also start your application.

You can submit more than one application, but you will need to apply through each institution separately.

Deadlines for applications for master’s scholarships: Tuesday 30 April 2024 (extended to Tuesday 7 May 2024 for University of Glasgow)

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.

Available scholarships for applicants from Kazakhstan

Cranfield University

  1. MSc Advanced Water Management
  2. MSc Water and Sanitation for Development
  3. MSc Water and Wastewater Engineering
  4. MSc Applied Bioinformatics
  5. MSc Environmental Engineering
  6. MSc Environmental Management for Business
  7. MSc Food Systems and Management
  8. MSc Future Food Sustainability
  9. MSc Geographical Information Management
  10. MSc Global Environmental Change 
  11. MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering
  12. MSc Advanced Digital Energy Systems
  13. MSc Renewable Energy
  14. MSc Engineering and Management of Manufacturing Systems
  15. MSc Management and Information Systems
  16. MSc Air Transport Management
  17. MSc Airport Planning and Management
  18. MSc Automotive Engineering
  19. MSc Automotive Mechatronics
  20. MSc Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Engineering (Automotive)
  21. MSc Thermal Power and Propulsion
  22. MSc Robotics
  23. MSc Applied Artificial Intelligence
  24. MSc Computational and Software Techniques in Engineering
  25. MSc Computational Engineering
  26. MSc Autonomous Vehicle Dynamics and Control 
  27. MDes Design Thinking

University of Glasgow

  1. MSc Environmental Futures: Sustainable Systems
  2. MSc Earth Futures: Environments, Communities, Relationships
  3. MSc Sustainable Water Environments
  4. MSc Sustainable Tourism and Global Challenges (Dumfries Campus)
  5. MSc Environmental Risk Management (Dumfries Campus)
  6. MSc Ecology and Environmental Monitoring (Dumfries campus)
  7. MSc Sustainable Energy
  8. MSc Global Mental Health
  9. MSc Health Services Management
  10. MSc Human Nutrition
  11. MSc Public Health

University of St Andrews

  1. MSc Chemical Sciences
  2. MSc Astrophysics
  3. MSc Geochemistry
  4. MSc Energy Policy and Finance
  5. MSc Sustainable Development
  6. MSc Health Data Science

University of Stirling

  1. MSc Sustainable Aquaculture
  2. MSc Aquatic Pathobiology
  3. MSc Aquatic Veterinary Studies
  4. MSc Environmental Remote Sensing and Geospatial Sciences
  5. MSc Environmental Management
  6. MSc Environmental Management (Energy)
  7. MSc Environmental Management (Conservation)
  8. MSc Environmental Management (Informatics)
  9. MSc Autism Research
  10. MSc Health Psychology
  11. MSc Psychological Research Methods
  12. MSc Psychology of Sport
  13. MSc Psychology
  14. MSc Mathematics and Data Science 
  15. MSc Big Data
  16. MSc Financial Technology (Fintech)
  17. MSc Artificial Intelligence

Meet the 2023–24 scholars from Kazakhstan

Read the testimonials below from Cranfield University, the University of Portsmouth and the University of St Andrews scholars.

Scholars from Cranfield University

Ayaulym Armanova

MSc in Management and Information Systems

Ayaulym recognises Kazakhstan’s untapped potential in information system technologies for railway and energy development due to its abundant natural resources. The scarcity of specialised professionals hinders progress in the industrial sector. Her main focus in the master’s programme lies in understanding the fundamentals of enterprise systems and operations management. With ambitions of becoming a global CEO in five to ten years, Ayaulym sees her degree as a catalyst for rapid career growth. Pursuing an education in the UK, Ayaulym aims to impart practical insights from British companies, applying this knowledge to propel advancements in Kazakh firms by empowering organisations to make data-driven decisions.

Assylay Amangeldiyeva

MSc Engineering and Management of Manufacturing Systems

In an era of modernisation, Assylay recognises the necessity to address new and emerging threats with an appropriate engineering management approach. The Engineering Management programme will help her to enhance her expertise in the strategic development sector. The programme delves into the socio-economic and environmental implications, as well as the technical and managerial aspects of design, construction and operation. Assylay is confident that the knowledge and experience gained through this programme will prove invaluable in shaping her future career.

Tomiris Altay

MSc in Computational and Software techniques in Engineering

During her bachelor years, Tomiris collaborated with talented women, but only in separate events designed for women, rather than in regular workplaces. For her, being a Woman in STEM means supporting other women to achieve their aspirations despite community pressure. Cranfield University offers her the opportunity to explore diverse fields through its research-based approach, new constructions and experiments. Tomiris hopes to encourage women worldwide to enter STEM fields, believing that every interested individual can find their place in science.

Scholars from the University of Portsmouth

Assem Kushzhanova

MSc Engineering Management

Opting for a university in the UK, Assem was motivated by the country’s well-respected education system, diverse programmes and top-notch research opportunities. Specifically, Assem selected the MEM programme at the University of Portsmouth, attracted by its unique integration of technical and managerial courses, promising a comprehensive perspective on engineering and management. Assem aims to acquire the skills necessary for successful leadership in engineering projects. This decision was influenced not only by the UK’s academic reputation, but also by its cultural diversity and policies welcoming international students.

Ayaulym Zhandossova

MSc Engineering Management

Ayaulym, a civil engineering graduate, aspires to advance in the STEM field, embodying the spirit of ‘Women in STEM’. Her definition involves developing knowledge, technology and innovation, while promoting diversity. Committed to inspiring the next generation of women, Ayaulym values recognising colleagues’ achievements. Renowned for it excellence in engineering and top-notch schools, the UK was her natural choice for STEM studies. Ayaulym emphasises the professional opportunities that studying in the UK provides, including networking events, internships and potential job placements.

Razida Kenes

MSc Engineering Management

Razida recognises the low level of female representation in engineering and technical disciplines. Due to her open-minded environment, Razida chose a technical field, inspired by historical figures like Henrietta Vansittart and women from around the world in STEM. By applying for the MSc in Engineering Management, Razida aims to challenge this status quo. Her vision includes becoming a specialist in sustainable engineering, bridging the gender gap in Kazakhstan’s oil and gas sector. She hopes to take on a leadership role and advocate for equal opportunities by creating a discrimination-free environment for women in the energy industry. Drawing from personal experiences in the UN Women in Engineering Club, she aims to support similar initiatives across universities, inspiring women to get involved in STEM, especially in rural areas.

Scholars from the University of St Andrews

Alima Smagulova

MSc Data-Intensive Analysis

Alima underscores the pivotal role of women in STEM, citing its importance in fostering innovation, breaking down gender barriers and promoting diversity in the global workforce. As a woman in STEM, she aspires to be a role model, inspiring the next generation and challenging stereotypes. Alima views supporting women in STEM not just as a matter of fairness, but also as a strategic investment in a future where diverse perspectives drive progress. Choosing the University of St Andrews – a global leader in education with a 600-year history – aligns with her commitment to academic excellence and diverse international communities. Alima’s long-term goal involves launching an IT project with a social and economic mission aimed at significantly increasing women’s presence and influence in the IT sphere, contributing to sustainable development in Kazakhstan.

Yerkezhan A.

MSc Sustainable Development

Yerkezhan finds involvement in the STEM field demanding yet fascinating, requiring unwavering dedication. Pursuing an MSc in Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews offers new perspectives on economic, environmental and social aspects of life. Yerkezhan aims to apply interdisciplinary methods to explore sustainable approaches. Studying in the UK enhances her academic experience in a diverse international environment. Yerkezhan aspires to contribute to her country’s sustainability by advocating for women’s participation in STEM after graduating from university. She encourages future STEM applicants to persevere, explore and recognise their valuable contributions.

For questions relating to your course of interest, please refer to the university in question.

If you have questions about the scholarships, please contact the British Council by emailing WomenInStem.Scholarships@britishcouncil.org. Should you be unable to locate the university’s contact information, you may also email us.