Scholarships and Student Funding

British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM

The University of Edinburgh, supported by the British Council, is delighted to offer five fully funded scholarships for female students studying eligible 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 scholarship will cover full tuition fees, monthly stipend (£1,116 per month), a return economy class ticket and other study-related costs such as IELTS exam fee, visa application, NHS surcharge and study materials.  The scholarship will be tenable for one academic year and cannot be held alongside other scholarships you may be considering. 

More information about the scholarship programme can be found at


Five scholarships are available in total, number of awards per country is included below.  Applicants must be a national and resident of one of the eligible countries :

  • Bangladesh - 1
  • India - 2
  • Pakistan - 2

The scholarships will be awarded to applicants who are accepted for admission on a full-time basis on one of the listed eligible programmes. Applicants should already have been offered a place at the University of Edinburgh and should have firmly accepted that offer or be intending to do so.

Other eligibility criteria for the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM, you must:

  • be a woman (cis-gendered or trans) or identify as non-binary
  • have not previously studied at degree level or higher in the UK or recently lived in the UK
  • meet the English language requirement of University of Edinburgh (or are expected to meet the requirement after a English Language pre-sessional course)
  • return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your scholarship award has ended

You are NOT eligible for a British Council Scholarship if you:

  • hold dual British citizenship
  • have previously studied in the UK with funding from a UK Government-funded scholarship or a UK institutional scholarship/financial bursary.
  • 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.

*Relatives are defined as parents or step-parents, siblings or step-siblings, children or step-children, 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).


The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit, with due consideration also being given to financial circumstances. Candidates must have, or expect to obtain the international equivalent of a First class Honours degree.


Applications for the 2021-2022 academic session are no longer being accepted for this scholarship as the  12th of April deadline has now passed. 

As part of the application process we will ask you to complete a personal statement (300 to 500 words, limit of 3500 characters) explaining why you think that you are a particularly suitable candidate for this scholarship and why you wish to pursue your studies at the University of Edinburgh.  In addition, as part of your personal statement you will be asked to include the following information:

  • you are active in the field with work experience 
  • your willingness to contribute towards future capacity-building and socio-economic advancement on return to your home country
  • how to engage other women and girls in STEM from your home country

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

  • if you are awarded a scholarship, 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 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.


Applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of May 2021. 


Harish Lokhun – Regional Manager, South Asia –