Imperial College London has recently announced the launch of British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM for the 2022-23 academic year. Funded by the British Council, the scholarship will award five women researchers from Brazil, Mexico or Peru who will embark on a fully-funded year in London at the university.
The scholarships aim to improve the representation of women in STEM and reach students that need financial support. It will cover tuition fees, stipend, travel costs, visa and health coverage fees. Successful applicants will demonstrate a plan and passion to engage other women in STEM from their home country, notes the university.
The courses will start in Autumn 2022.
“Imperial is home to an international scientific community where women succeed,” said Professor Maggie Dallman, Imperial College London’s Vice President (International). “These new scholarships will enable talented, Latin American students to fulfil their potential at one of the world’s leading universities and help inspire the next generation of women scientists.”
Available courses for the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM
There are a total of 20 STEM-related courses available for students to choose from. Here are the following courses eligible for the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM:
Faculty of Engineering
- MSc Biomedical Engineering (Bioengineering)
- MSc Environmental Engineering (Civil Engineering)
- MSc Hydrology and Water Resources Management (Civil Engineering)
- MSc Transport (Civil Engineering)
- MSc Computing (Computing)
- MSc Computing (Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning) (Computing)
- MSc Environmental Data Science and Machine Learning (Earth Sciences Engineering)
- MSc Applied Machine Learning (EEE)
- MSc Future Power Networks (EEE)
- MSc Advanced Materials Science and Engineering (Materials)
- MSc Sustainable Energy Futures (Mechanical Engineering)
Faculty of Natural Sciences
- MSc Environmental Technology (Centre for Environmental Policy)
- MRes Drug Discovery and Development: Multidisciplinary Science for Next Generation Therapeutics (Chemistry)
- MRes Green Chemistry, Energy and the Environment (Chemistry)
- MSc Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (Life Sciences)
- MSc Taxonomy, Biodiversity and Evolution (Life Sciences)
- MRes Machine Learning and Big Data in the Physical Sciences (Physics)
Imperial College Business School
- MS International Health Management
- MSc Climate Change, Management and Finance
- MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management
To be eligible for the scholarships, applicants must:
- Be a passport holder and permanent resident of Brazil, Mexico, or Peru
- Be able to attend the UK academic year in September/October 2022
- Have submitted their enrolment application to Imperial College London and received an acceptance letter approving their study in one of the eligible courses above
- Prove their completed undergraduate degree and meet the academic entry requirements for admission
- Have not previously studied at degree level or higher in the UK or lived recently in the UK
- Meet the English language requirement for their chosen programme at Imperial College London. Applicants will be required to have met the College English entry requirements (Pre-sessional English courses are not supported by this programme) by July 29, 2022
- Demonstrate a case for financial need
- Return to their home country for a minimum of two years after completing their course/scholarship
- Show their previous related working experiences or a proven interest in their field of choice
- Show that they are willing to contribute in the future to capacity-building and socio-economic advancement through the benefits achieved after you graduated from Imperial College London and have returned to their home country
- Show in their application a plan and passion to engage other women and girls in STEM from their home country
- To maintain in contact with the British Council and be an active ambassador for the UK, engaging with activities as part of a British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM alumnus during and after their study. These activities will take up no more than five hours per term.
Applicants will not be eligible if they:
- 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 of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; Department of International Trade; the Ministry of Defence; and the Home Office)
- Are an employee, or former employee, or relative of an employee of the British Council Scholarship for Women in STEM-eligible countries
- Are currently in receipt of financial support or funding towards their studies 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
What the scholarship covers
The British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM will cover applicants’ tuition fees, in addition to an annual stipend of up to £16,680 and an economy-class flight to the UK.
The scholarship also covers additional related costs including an accepted English language proficiency test exam fee (only if an English language test is required as part of the offer of admissions), visa application fees and NHS surcharges. £200 will also be provided to cover any study material costs.
Before applying, applicants need to be enrolled in Imperial College London with an acceptance letter approving their study in one of the eligible courses above.
Application for the scholarship can be done through their online portal.
All applicants would need to complete and submit their applications by 11:59 a.m. (GMT) on Wednesday, March 16, 2022.
If applying for a postgraduate course at Imperial College London, applicants may need to pay an application fee. Some students may be eligible for a fee waiver.
Many organisations also offer STEM scholarships for women, including the Science Ambassador Scholarship and the Faculty for the Future Fellowships, among others.