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British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM

British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM

Robert Gordon University in partnership with the British Council, is proud to support Women in STEM in Latin America initiative, by offering six fully funded scholarships for female students from the America’s region (eligible countries only).

Awarding Body
British Council
Value
up to £35,000
Deadline
7 April 2021
Quantity of Awards
6 per year

Overview

This exciting opportunity is for women from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela who wish to study a Master’s degree at the Scottish University of the Year 2021 and pursue their career in a STEM related subject.

This scholarship programme aims to increase opportunities in STEM for girls and women. According to data from the UN Scientific Education and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), fewer than 30% of researchers worldwide are women and only 30% of female students select STEM-related fields in higher education.

Globally, female students’ enrolment is particularly low in Information and Communications Technology (3%), natural science, mathematics and statistics (5%), and engineering, manufacturing and construction (8%).

Considering “a typical STEM worker now earns two-thirds more than non-STEM workers,” closing the gender gap in STEM can be considered a key strategy in working towards the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Five – Gender Equality, and not just in direct terms, but in ways far more wide reaching. For example, there is a robust and positive correlation between women’s authorship of medical research papers, and the likelihood of a study including gender and sex analysis – which is increasingly recognized as a key factor in creating better healthcare, particularly for women and girls.

Access to education is one contributing factor leading to the underrepresentation of women in STEM. The objective of this call and programme is to help address this situation by providing opportunities for women from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela to complete a Master’s degree in the United Kingdom.

The value of each scholarship given may vary depending on the student's course and personal circumstances. Funds will be provided via a Monthly Stipend. The scholarship will provide economic support to include tuition fees, stipend, travel costs, visa and health coverage fees. There is also special support for mothers and for those who need English language support.

Contact

For further information about this scholarship, or for help with your application, please contact our In Country Consultant and Representative for Mexico and Latin America:

Email: m.avila-flores@rgu.ac.uk
WhatsApp: +52 (55) 6345 1011

Eligibility

Eligible Countries of Residence

  • Mexico

Additional eligible countries: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela

Other Requirements

A Steering Committee, composed of academic reviewers from the Robert Gordon University participating Schools and Programme Leads from the British Council will select the candidates through a points-based system, encompassing the programme’s criteria.

Scholars must:

  • Be a woman (cis-gendered or trans) or identify as non-binary.
  • Be a passport holder and permanent resident of one of the eligible countries: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.
  • Be able to take up full time-time course of study in the UK for the academic year from Sept 2021-2022
  • Have an offer to study with Robert Gordon University
  • Demonstrate case for financial support / socio-economic need.
  • Be a self-funding student - Not in receipt of financial support or funding towards their study programme in the UK from any other source.
  • Have not previously studied at degree level or higher in the UK or lived recently in the UK.
  • Meet the English language requirement required for postgraduate study at a UK university now or after completion of a 5-week English Language pre-sessional course.
  • Be motivated and academically able to follow and benefit from a UK postgraduate taught course.
  • Be active in the field with work experience or with a proven interest in the proposed subject area.
  • Be willing to demonstrate future contribution to capacity-building and socio-economic advancement through the benefits achieved after graduating from UK higher education.
  • Agree to maintain contact with the British Council and act as an ambassador for the UK and engage with activities as part of a Scholarships for Women in STEM alumnus during and after their studies in the UK.

How to Apply

Students should in the first instance apply to RGU for an offer and then complete the online application form.

All answers to all questions and essay-questions must be in English only.  We strongly advise for applicants to attend information webinars and/or reach out to Mario Avila, RGU’s Representative for Latin America, before applying to RGU and for the scholarship.

Once you have your student number, please complete our application form:

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