GUWAHATI, March 14: British Council announced the third cohort of British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM. 26 scholarships and Fellowships are reserved for women STEM scholars from India and other South Asian countries, awarded on a merit basis with no country-specific cap. These are across 6 UK higher education institutions including Coventry University, the University of Bath, the University of Manchester, the University of Southampton, Imperial College London, and The University of Edinburgh.
Selected scholars from India will be able to obtain a master’s degree or an Early Academic Fellowship at a UK university, and the scholarship will cover tuition fees, stipend, travel costs, visa, health coverage fees, special support for mothers, and English language support. The scholarships will also provide the scholars a long-lasting platform to connect with the UK through active engagement in the alumni network and inspire the next generation of women in STEM.
Rittika Chanda Parruck, Director of Education, India, British Council said, “At British Council, we believe that scientific and technological domains stand to gain a lot more through increasing accessibility of women. These scholarships will bring talented women’s fantastic creativity, innovation, and unique perspective to these domains making them richer and more productive. We are excited to enable more women to embark on their journey towards a career in STEM fields by sharing access to the UK’s renowned research pedagogy, state-of-the-art facilities, and cutting-edge technology, that can transform their learning and expand their horizon of opportunities. Over the past few years, we have supported over 200 Indian women to access world-leading education and reach their potential, and we aim to continue adding more to support women in crafting a better tomorrow and inspiring others in the process.”
Prajakta Kumbhar, British Council’s scholarship winner from Mumbai pursuing an MSc in Pollution and Environmental Control from the University of Manchester, added, “Receiving the British Council STEM scholarship has had a huge impact on my life. From meeting new people, experiencing a new culture, cultivating an open worldview, and gaining global credentials from a highly regarded university, I am certain that the scholarship will help me pave the road to a fulfilling professional career. I aim to make the most of this opportunity and am very excited to learn that this opportunity is open for more women this year.”