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British Council launches scholarships for women

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British Council, the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations, in partnership with UK universities, has announced the launch of the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM programme on Wednesday.
STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math.
This prestigious scholarship is designed for female STEM graduates wanting to pursue their Master’ in the UK. About 25 scholarships are reserved for women STEM scholars from India and other South Asian countries.
The presence of women in STEM fields is essential for promoting diversity, ensuring a range of perspectives and driving innovation. Their presence not only addresses gender disparities but also enriches the workforce with unique skills, ultimately advancing scientific and technological progress for the benefit of society.
According to the Global Gender Gap Report 2023 by the World Economic Forum, women account for 27 per cent of India’s STEM workforce. This represents a small fraction considering that women make up nearly 43 per cent of STEM graduates in India.
About 25 scholarships are reserved for women STEM scholars from India and other South Asian countries. These are across five UK higher education institutions – Queen Mary University of London, Anglia Ruskin University, Greenwich University, The University of Southampton and Coventry University. The scholarships will empower the beneficiaries to advance their careers in STEM and facilitate their ability to drive research and innovation in their home country by immersing them in the expertise of the UK’s esteemed STEM fields.
It also welcomes applications from women with dependents, offering additional support. The application deadlines vary depending on the university, typically between March and April 2024.
The scholarship will cover tuition fees, stipend, travel costs, visa, health coverage fees, and English language support. The scholars can pursue courses like Data Science, Computer Science, Pharmaceutical Science, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Management, Civil Engineering Management, Intelligent Healthcare, and Actuarial Science, among others.
Rittika Chanda Parruck MBE, Director of Education India, British Council, said, “Gender equity is not just a nice idea, it is essential for the progress of mankind. Through programmes like the Women in STEM Scholarships, we aim to provide the financial assistance needed for women to pursue their education and unleash their full potential in STEM fields.”
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