British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM

Goldsmiths is delighted to announce the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM for the 2022/23 academic year.

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This year, supported by the British Council, Goldsmiths is offering 5 fully-funded scholarships for female students studying on an eligible programme from one of the countries listed in the Eligibility section below.

The Scholarships have been created with the aim to help address the under-representation of women in STEM. Applicants will be required to demonstrate how studying on one of the selected Goldsmiths programmes will support their future career advancement and/or capacity-building and socio-economic advancement of their country. Applicants will also be required to demonstrate their financial need and how they would support and inspire future generations of women to pursue a career in STEM fields.


These are fully funded scholarships. Each scholarship covers full tuition fees, a monthly stipend for a year and a return flight. It also covers other related costs including the IELTS exam fee, visa application and NHS surcharge.

Number available

There are 5 British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM available in total.

Year of entry


Eligibility criteria

The following courses are eligible for the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM:

To be eligible you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a passport holder and permanent resident of Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
  • Be a woman.
  • Have received and accepted an offer to study for one of the eligible programmes by 11:59pm (GMT) on Friday 1 April 2022.
  • Have completed all components of an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry onto a postgraduate programme at a UK university partner by the time you submit your application and be due to start your postgraduate programme in the UK during 2022.
  • Have not previously studied at degree level or higher in the UK or lived recently in the UK.
  • Meet the English language requirement.
  • Demonstrate case for financial support. 

Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your scholarship award has ended.

Additional criteria

  • You are active in the field with work experience or with a proven interest in the programme area you are applying for 

  • You are willing to demonstrate future contribution to capacity-building and socio-economic advancement through the benefits achieved after graduating from UK higher education and returning your home country 

  • You can demonstrate a plan and passion to engage other women and girls in STEM from your home country 

  • 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.

You are not eligible for the 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 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
  • 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 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). 

Application deadlines

Applications are now closed. Check back soon for information about next year's scholarships.

How to apply

Please note, that you must have applied to an eligible programme at Goldsmiths, University of London before applying for the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM and that you must be holding an offer by 11:59pm (GMT) on Friday 1 April 2022 to be considered for a Scholarship.

Please ensure you have fully read and understood the eligibility criteria before applying.

Applications are now closed.

Personal data

You must agree for your personal data to be shared with the British Council, who will be jointly responsible with Goldsmiths, University of London for allocating the scholarships.

If you have any queries, please contact