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British Council Scholarship for Women in STEM

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ARU, supported by the British Council, is excited to offer five fully funded postgraduate scholarships for female students (including those who identify as female) to study engineering.

The scholarships are available to students from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

This scholarship programme aims to increase opportunities in STEM for women where globally, female enrolment in STEM-related subjects is low.

The award

The award covers full tuition fees for the following one-year Masters courses:

It also covers an economy return airfare, a monthly stipend to support living in the UK, and a contribution to costs associated with securing a visa, NHS surcharge and other, similar charges.

Scholars will benefit from our on campus en-suite accommodation. 

After starting the course, you will have access to a £2,000 Career Development Bursary which can be used to support your networking and fund additional training or similar professional activities to maximise your time in the UK.


As a female scholar at ARU, you'll have access to a culture where equality, diversity and inclusion is central for both staff and students. ARU has secured the Athena Swan status (Bronze), champions Women in STEMM, and has a Women in Engineering network.

You'll benefit from high-quality teaching, links to industry, and access to mentors. You'll also be immersed in an excellent research environment, developing high-level cognitive skills. The learning, industry experiences and support we offer will help you develop as a well-rounded graduate ready to make an impact in society.

Read about some of our students' experiences:


You'll be based on our Chelmsford campus, in a vibrant city a 25-minute train journey from central London. Your Masters course will be delivered by the School of Engineering and Built Environment, which is part of our Faculty of Science and Engineering.


There are five Masters scholarships (total) available in the engineering courses specified above. Please read the eligibility criteria before applying.

You must be able to start your course in the UK in September 2024.

How to apply

After checking you meet the academic entry requirements for the course and that you are eligible for scholarship, apply to your Masters course online:

You must apply for your preferred course before applying for the scholarship.

Once you've applied for the course, fill in the scholarship application form below.

Applications are now closed.

You must hold a formal offer from the ARU admissions team by 17.00 on 10 May 2024 to be considered for the scholarship. Successful applicants will be notified in mid June. All conditions of the offer, including English language, must be met by 19 June 2024.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about this scholarship and/or the engineering courses offered, please contact [email protected].

About the British Council

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The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. It builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. Last year it reached over 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, and through broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, it is a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. It receives a 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK Government.