Scholarships and Student Funding

British Council Women in STEM Fellowships

The University of Edinburgh, supported by the British Council, is delighted to offer three fully funded Early Academic Fellowships for female candidates looking for post-doctoral experience in STEM related subjects who are nationals of South Asian countries.

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. They build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.

The British Council has established programmes to support Women and Girls in STEM around the world, designed with a lifecycle approach in mind, from inspiring young girls to stay in STEM to supporting women working in STEM fields reach positions of leadership and network with their peers in their region and the UK.


Each fellowship will include a monthly stipend of £2,199 per month, a return economy class ticket and other related costs such as visa application, NHS surcharge, childcare (if required) and any related research costs up to £10,000.  The fellowship will be tenable for one academic year. More information about the fellowship programme can be found here:


Three fellowships are available within either the School of Biological Sciences or the School of Engineering Candidates should apply to join one of the following research teams:




Informal pre-application enquiries:

If you have any specific questions relating to the research projects, please contact the academic PI directly at the email addresses in the table above. 

To Apply, please complete the form here:

and submit the following documents by email to

  • An Academic CV
  • A letter of application, which contains all the required personal information and clearly states which of the above projects you are applying to join.  This should include why you think that you are a particularly suitable candidate for this fellowship and why you wish to pursue your research within the specific research group from the list in the table above.  You should also include the following information:

your activity in the field with work/research experience 

your willingness to contribute towards future capacity-building and socio-economic advancement on return to your home country

how you plan to engage other women and girls in STEM from your home country

  • A letter of recommendation from your PhD institution, preferably from your supervisor or advisor, addressing your skills and suitability for the placement.

You will also need to agree with your personal data being shared with the British Council as a condition of applying for the bursary.

If you are awarded a fellowship, 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 and Fellowships 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.

Application Deadline

Applications should be submitted by 31st March 2023


Applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of June 2023.