A young woman in a white lab coat looks at a scientific screen. The image has a purple border for the British Council Women in STEM programme.

Are you a woman with a bachelor’s degree in a STEM subject and passionate about your study? You could receive a scholarship to study for a master's degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics programme at a leading UK university.

Applications for British Council Women in STEM Scholarships for the academic year 2024/25 are now closed. Information about next year’s scholarships will be available on this page in early 2025. If you have applied for a scholarship this year, please expect a decision by the end of June 2024. Please note that any communication around your selection for the scholarship will come from the UK higher education institution(s) for which you have applied. Please also reach out to the respective institution for any query related to admission or applications.

For the fourth year running the British Council is launching our global Women in STEM scholarship programme in partnership with UK universities. This is the first year that the scholarship has been launched for women from Azerbaijan. We are looking for women with a STEM background who can demonstrate their need for financial support and who wish to inspire future generations of women to pursue careers in STEM.

The information on this page is for applicants from Azerbaijan. For other countries, please see our global Women in STEM scholarship programme page.

Why a scholarship programme?

According to data from the UN Scientific Education and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), less than 30 per cent of the world’s researchers are women and only 30 per cent of female students select STEM-related fields in higher education.

Globally, female students’ enrolment is particularly low in Information and Communications Technology (three per cent), natural science, mathematics and statistics (five per cent), and engineering, manufacturing and construction (eight per cent). 

Educating, training and hiring more women in STEM can lead to better scientific and financial outcomes, increasing diversity in the workforce, bringing variety in perspectives and ideas and giving organisations a competitive edge.

Eligibility criteria

* Full eligibility criteria are available below in the documents section.

We are looking for women who:

  • can take up a course of study in the UK for the academic year from September/October 2024–2025;
  • can demonstrate a need for financial support;
  • have an undergraduate degree that will enable them to gain access onto one of the pre-selected postgraduate courses at a UK university (for master’s level);
  • can attain the level of English required for postgraduate study at a UK university;
  • are active in the field with work experience or a proven interest in their subject area;
  • are passionate about their course of study and are willing to engage as committed British Council scholarship alumni.
  • have not previously studied at degree level or higher in the UK or lived recently in the UK;
  • demonstrate a plan and a passion to engage other women and girls in STEM from their home country.

You are not eligible for a British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM if you:

  • Hold dual British citizenship.
  • Are an employee, a former employee, or relative (*) of an employee of His Majesty’s Government (including British Embassies/High Commissions; the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; Department for International 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 stepparents, siblings or stepsiblings, children or stepchildren, 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 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 does the scholarship include?

In addition to the prestige of studying at a renowned UK university, the scholarship covers:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Monthly living stipend
  • Return flights to the UK from your home country
  • Visa and health coverage fees
  • Refund of an IELTS English language test, if needed

How to apply

Applications should be made directly to the participating universities. Please click on the links for your chosen institution in the 'Available scholarships' section of this website.

Women from Azerbaijan are eligible to apply to four UK universities, where they would compete for 20 scholarships with other female candidates from the Wider Europe region. Each of the universities listed on this page is offering five scholarships to women from countries in Wider Europe, including Azerbaijan. Please check the application requirements on each university website where you may also start your application.

You can make more than one application but you will need to apply through each institution separately.

Deadlines for applications for master’s scholarships: Tuesday, 30 April 2024 (extended to Tuesday 7 May 2024 for University of Glasgow)

Please ensure you check and meet all the eligibility requirements before applying. 

After submitting an application, you will next hear directly from the university about the status of your application.

Available scholarships for applicants from Azerbaijan

Cranfield University

  1. MSc Advanced Water Management
  2. MSc Water and Sanitation for Development
  3. MSc Water and Wastewater Engineering
  4. MSc Applied Bioinformatics
  5. MSc Environmental Engineering
  6. MSc Environmental Management for Business
  7. MSc Food Systems and Management
  8. MSc Future Food Sustainability
  9. MSc Geographical Information Management
  10. MSc Global Environmental Change 
  11. MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering
  12. MSc Advanced Digital Energy Systems
  13. MSc Renewable Energy
  14. MSc Engineering and Management of Manufacturing Systems
  15. MSc Management and Information Systems
  16. MSc Air Transport Management
  17. MSc Airport Planning and Management
  18. MSc Automotive Engineering
  19. MSc Automotive Mechatronics
  20. MSc Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Engineering (Automotive)
  21. MSc Thermal Power and Propulsion
  22. MSc Robotics
  23. MSc Applied Artificial Intelligence
  24. MSc Computational and Software Techniques in Engineering
  25. MSc Computational Engineering
  26. MSc Autonomous Vehicle Dynamics and Control 
  27. MDes Design Thinking

University of Glasgow

  1. MSc Environmental Futures: Sustainable Systems
  2. MSc Earth Futures: Environments, Communities, Relationships
  3. MSc Sustainable Water Environments
  4. MSc Sustainable Tourism and Global Challenges (Dumfries Campus)
  5. MSc Environmental Risk Management (Dumfries Campus)
  6. MSc Ecology and Environmental Monitoring (Dumfries campus)
  7. MSc Sustainable Energy
  8. MSc Global Mental Health
  9. MSc Health Services Management
  10. MSc Human Nutrition
  11. MSc Public Health

University of St Andrews

  1. MSc Chemical Sciences
  2. MSc Astrophysics
  3. MSc Geochemistry
  4. MSc Energy Policy and Finance
  5. MSc Sustainable Development
  6. MSc Health Data Science

University of Stirling

  1. MSc Sustainable Aquaculture
  2. MSc Aquatic Pathobiology
  3. MSc Aquatic Veterinary Studies
  4. MSc Environmental Remote Sensing and Geospatial Sciences
  5. MSc Environmental Management
  6. MSc Environmental Management (Energy)
  7. MSc Environmental Management (Conservation)
  8. MSc Environmental Management (Informatics)
  9. MSc Autism Research
  10. MSc Health Psychology
  11. MSc Psychological Research Methods
  12. MSc Psychology of Sport
  13. MSc Psychology
  14. MSc Mathematics and Data Science 
  15. MSc Big Data
  16. MSc Financial Technology (Fintech)
  17. MSc Artificial Intelligence

For questions relating to your course of interest, please refer to the university in question.

If you have questions about the scholarships, please contact the British Council by emailing WomenInStem.Scholarships@britishcouncil.org. Should you be unable to locate the university's contact information, you may also email us.


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