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The British Council supports Women in STEM through scholarship programme

Women in STEM

British Council partners with Middlesex University, University of Strathclyde, and Newcastle University to offer higher education scholarships for Filipinas in STEM

Manila, Philippines, 21 February 2023 – Now in its third year, the British Council is once again offering scholarships for Women in STEM. This scheme is aimed at supporting women who wish to pursue their master’s degrees in the UK in areas related to Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM). In partnership with 21 UK universities, the scholarship grant will support over 100 women from countries in the Americas, South Asia, and East Asia, including the Philippines.

This scholarship scheme includes tuition fees, monthly stipend, travel costs, visa and health coverage fees. It is also open to women with dependants and contains provisions for scholars that might need a short pre-sessional English course to achieve the language level needed to undergo their studies.

Eligible candidates can take up a course of study in the UK for the academic year from September/October 2023 – 2024. They must demonstrate a need for financial support and must have an undergraduate degree that will enable them to gain access to one of the pre-selected postgraduate courses. They must also be active in the field with work experience or proven interest in their subject area.

Filipinos are eligible for master’s scholarships and early academic fellowships for Middlesex University, University of Strathclyde, and Newcastle University.

Now on its 45th year in the Philippines, the British Council adds the Women in STEM scholarship to its impressive roster of impactful projects, alongside developing transnational education programmes and supporting science education scholars through the Newton Agham fund.

“The British Council has always been committed to supporting efforts to improve the quality of education worldwide. We are excited to offer opportunities like the Women in STEM scholarship to Filipinas, whom we know are extremely talented and can benefit greatly through this programme,” says Lotus Postrado, Country Director for the Philippines.

Applications for the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM are open between March until May 2023, with deadlines varying based on the partner university.

British Council has set up a page with further information regarding the scholarship, including details of the courses available and contact information of participating universities.

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We support peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide. We do this through our work in arts and culture, education and the English language. We work with people in over 200 countries and territories and are on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2021–22 we reached 650 million people.

In 2023, the British Council in the Philippines is marking our 45th anniversary, celebrating our commitment to building connections between the UK and the Philippines through our work in education, arts, English, and exams.

Available scholarships for Filipino applicants:

UniversityCourse TypeCourses on Offer
Middlesex University
Masters·         Data Science

·         Computer Science

·         Industry4.0/Digital Transformation

·         Intelligent Telecommunications Engineering

·         Engineering Management

·         Robotics

University of Strathclyde


Masters·         Applied Statistics in Health Science

·         Artificial Intelligence and Applications

·         Biomedical Engineering

·         Civil Engineering with Structural Engineering and Project Management

·         Climate Change Adaptation

·         Clinical Health Psychology

·         Digital Health Systems

·         Digital Manufacturing

·         Economics and Policy of Energy and Climate Change

·         Global Environmental Law and Governance

·         Health Analysis, Policy and Management

·         Renewable Energy and Decarbonisation Technologies

·         Sustainable Engineering: Advanced Construction Technologies and BIM (Building Information Management)

·         Sustainable Engineering: Renewable Energy Systems and the Environment, Sustainability and Environmental Studies

Newcastle University
Masters·         Hydrogeology and Water Management

·         Renewable Energy Enterprise Management (REEM)

·         Environmental Engineering

·         Marine Ecosystems and Governance

·         Global Public Health MSc

·         Sustainable Chemical Engineering

·         Hydrology and Water Management.

Fellowships for East Asia:


What does the Scholarship scheme cover?

The British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM include tuition fees, stipends, travel costs, visa, and health coverage fees. The scholarship also has special support for mothers.

How many scholarships are available?

There are over 100 scholarships available for courses starting in Autumn 2023.

When is the deadline to apply?

The deadline for application differs according to the university. Most deadlines to apply for the scholarship and master’s degree are in April-May 2023. Please ensure you check carefully on the website of your chosen university for full details of key dates and their application process.

Is there an age limit to apply?

No, there is no age limit for this scholarship.

Can women with children apply for the scholarship?

Yes, special support will be given to women travelling with dependent children.

If I can get the scholarship, can my children and husband get the visa for living as well?

UKVI is responsible for issuing visas for the UK. For information, please visit the UKVI website https://www.gov.uk/student-visa/family-members

Can I apply to more than one University listed on your website?

Yes, you can apply to more than one university. If you are recommended for a scholarship at more than one university, the review panel will make the final decision on your allocation.

Where can I find more information regarding the scholarship?

You can visit our British Council webpage which contains general information about the scholarship, as also the links to each participating university.

Who can I contact regarding the scholarship?

Each university has a link and a person in charge of this scholarship. You can find more information on our Webpage. If you wish to contact the British Council, you can send an email to [email protected]

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