British Council Brazil Women in STEM PG scholarships

In collaboration with the British Council Brazil, the University of Birmingham is able to offer a number of generous scholarships available to support women scholars in STEM fields, for entry in the 2024/25 academic year. 

This fully funded scholarship, under the auspices of the British Council Women in STEM initiative, will fund up to 2 women scholars from Brazil across a range of STEM subject areas, namely; MSc Health Economics and Health Policy and MSc Microbiology and Infection. The deadline to apply to this scholarship for 2024/25 entry is 30 April 2024. 

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible for the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM, you must:

  • Be a woman.
  • Be a Brazilian passport holder and permanent resident of Brazil
  • Have completed all components of an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry onto the chosen postgraduate programme.
  • Meet the English language requirement of the chosen programme.
  • Have not previously studied at degree level or higher in the UK or lived recently in the UK.
  • Demonstrate case for financial support.
  • Return to Brazil for a minimum of two years after your scholarship award has ended. 

Other criteria

You are also required to show in your application form that:

  • You are active in the field with work experience or with a proven interest in the programme area you are applying for 
  • You are willing to demonstrate future contribution to capacity-building and socio-economic advancement through the benefits achieved after graduating from UK higher education and returning your home country
  • You can demonstrate a plan and passion to engage other women and girls in STEM from your home country 
  • You agree with your personal data being shared with the British Council as a condition of applying for the bursary  

If you are awarded a scholarship, you agree to maintain contact with the British Council and act as an ambassador for the UK and engage with activities as part of a British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM alumnus during and after your study in the UK. Any involvement in these activities during your study in the UK will take up no more than five hours per term. 

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 Her 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. 

Funding available

The generous scholarship covers all tuition fees for the eligible courses, and in addition:

  • Stipend to support living costs of £14,500
  • English language examination (e.g IELTS) fee
  • Return economy airfare
  • Funding to support visa application costs and NHS (National Health Service) surcharge
  • Funding to support dependants (where applicable)

How to apply

Further information

For more information on this scholarship opportunity please contact Mary Elliston, Global Partnerships Manager at