Wednesday 03 March 2021

As Bangladesh celebrates the 50 years of independence, the British Council is also celebrating the 70 years of opening the Dhaka office. The UK-Bangladesh partnership has been immensely productive, and the highlights of it have been the education and empowerment of women and girls. 

Subsequently, in 2021, Bangladesh has been chosen to receive the highest number of Women in STEM Scholarships in South Asia from the following universities – Teesside University; City, University of London; University of Strathclyde; Newcastle University; Edinburgh Napier University; The University of Warwick; The University of Edinburgh; and Brunel University London. Various subjects will be offered in the scholarships, including Energy Transition, Climate Change, and Health and Life Sciences. 

The scholarship programme is part of a global partnership with 19 UK universities to benefit women from international countries, including the Americas, South Asia, and South-East Asia. The British Council Bangladesh is seeking female candidates with a STEM background who can demonstrate their need for financial support and the individual who wishes to inspire future generations of women to pursue careers in STEM. 

Additional eligibility criteria include an undergraduate degree, English language proficiency, passion for study, actively working, Bangladesh citizens or residents, and the willingness to complete the entire academic period from September/October 2021 – 2022. 

Candidates will receive numerous benefits such as economic support, including tuition fees, stipend, travel costs, visa, health coverage fees, exceptional care for mothers, and help with the English language. Moreover, the candidates will get the opportunity to attend prestigious universities in the UK. The universities from the UK are amongst the world’s leader in STEM subjects. 

The scholarship programmes also aim to increase the opportunities in STEM for women and girls. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) data, fewer than 30% of researchers are women globally. Only 30% of the female students select STEM-related fields for higher education. Globally, female students’ enrollment is particularly low in Information and Communications Technology (3%), natural science, mathematics and statistics (5%), and engineering, manufacturing, and construction (8%). 

Applications can be filled directly with the participating universities. For further information on application processes and instructions from universities, please visit Women are encouraged to apply by March 31, 2021.

For further information please contact:

Sharmeen Neelia | Head of Communications | Marketing
British Council | 5 Fuller Road | Dhaka 1000 | Bangladesh
T +880 9666773377 | M +880 171 399 7099

Notes to Editor

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive a 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.