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Gratefully supported by the British Council, Durham University is delighted to announce five fully funded scholarships for female students from South Asia interested in pursuing master’s studies in the 2022/23 academic year. The five scholarships are on offer for female students from the following countries: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka


Applications from women whose identities include multiple intersecting factors, including race, class, religion and women who are single mothers are particularly welcome.

More information about the scholarship programme can be found on the British Council website.

British Council Women in STEM Scholarships cover

Full payment of tuition fees

12 months stipend

A return economy class flight

Visa application fee 


NHS surcharge

Other study related costs

Where applicable - accompanying child allowance to satisfy UK visa requires

Year of Entry Applicants for programmes commencing in 2022/23
Number of awards available
Level of study Taught Master's Degree programmes as listed below
Mode of study Full-time
Eligible Programmes
Duration One year 


To be eligible for the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM, you 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 - ~Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka;
  • Have submitted an academic application to study on one of the eligible Durham University postgraduate programmes, as listed above;
  • Have completed all components of an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry onto a postgraduate programme at Durham University 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 requirements of your chosen Masters programme at Durham University;
  • Demonstrate your case for financial support;
  • Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your scholarship award has ended

Other Criteria:

You are also required to show in your application form that:

  • You are active in the field of 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 to your home country;
  • You can demonstrate a plan and passion to engage other women and girls in STEM from your home country;
  • You agree to 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 a British Council Scholarship 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 Commission, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Department for 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);
  • Are currently in receipt of financial support or funding towards your study programme in the UK form any other source;
  • Have previously studied in the UK with funding from a UK Government-funded scholarship or a UK institutional scholarship/bursary.

Not sure if you're eligible? Contact us for advice.

How to apply

  1. Apply for a course

    Please ensure you have submitted an academic application to Durham University for one of the eligible programmes by midnight 18th March 2022 via the postgraduate online application portal.


    When completing your postgraduate online academic application form for your programme of study: In the section on Funding please answer 'yes' to the question 'Have your either applied or are going to apply for a scholarship? Then select 'Other' from the dropdown list of options and type 'British Council Women in STEM Scholarship'.


    In addition, please complete and return the British Council Women in STEM Application Form and once complete email it by midnight 18th March 2022, together with any supporting evidence, to


    Please note: the final date for receipt of proof of English Language is 31st March 2022.  All other supporting documents (academic transcripts etc.) must have been received by the scholarship closing date of 18th March 2022.


    Please ensure you enter British Council in Women in STEM Scholarship in the subject heading.


    Deadline for receipt - midnight GMT 18th March 2022.

    Durham University Applicant Portal
  2. More about this scholarship

    Accommodation will be provided in one of three Durham University Colleges, Hatfield CollegeTrevelyan College or Ustinov College.


    Hatfield and Trevelyan Colleges are both home to a divers mix of undergraduates and postgraduate students, the first being Durham's second-oldest college, and the second a historically all female college, with a strong ethosd around champioing and development of women.  Both colleages are led by members of the Science Faculty, with Hatfield College also demonstratng a strong track record for welcoming international scholars, with its Lioness Scholarship for women from developing countries.  Ustinov is a specialist postgraduate , with a diverse community of students from all over the globe.  Keenan House, part of the college's accommodation estate, has a long tradition of welcoming scholars with families and can provide accommodation to suit their needs as well as help with applying for childcare and schools

  3. Ask us

    For further information or advice:

    Email: including British Council Women in STEM in the subject heading.


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Get in touch

If you have any questions about whether you are eligible for a scholarship or the application process, get in touch with our Scholarships and Student Funding Office:

Scholarships and Student Funding Office

Durham University

Palatine Centre

Stockton Road



Telephone: +44 (0)191 334 6395