Scholarship award helps international women master the art of STEM
The University of Wolverhampton has been awarded funding for women to study selected Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.
The British Council, which specialises in international cultural and educational opportunities, has launched the Scholarships for Women in STEM programme in partnership with 19 UK universities aimed at beneﬁting women from the Americas, South Asia and South East Asia.
The University is one of ten universities alongside Imperial College, the University of York and Durham University, who have been chosen to host women from the Americas - North, Central and South America - covering countries including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.
The Scholarship is open to five women who have graduated with a STEM Undergraduate degree, including cisgender and trans women, those who identify as non-binary and women with children. The £30,000 funding for each successful candidate will cover full tuition fees, provide a cost-of-living bursary and childcare costs if needed.
Applicants should have a background in STEM, a passion for advocating STEM education amongst future generations of women in their home countries and should be able to demonstrate their need for ﬁnancial support. Applicants can apply to study a Master's degree in Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Wildlife Conservation, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, Advanced Technology Management (Sustainability), Building Information Modelling for Integrated Construction, Programme and Project Management and Public Health under the Scholarship.
Nerisa Anwar, International Recruitment Officer in the Global Opportunities Office at the University, said: “This is an amazing opportunity for the University to further expand its International offering to North and South America and to reach students who may not normally be given the opportunity to study overseas. The University of Wolverhampton has invested over £25 million in state of the art facilities for STEM teaching so is well equipped to provide an excellent learning environment for the successful candidates.
“The gender gap in STEM is well documented. Not only do women make up a fraction of the workforce and research teams in STEM, they are published less, paid less and are less likely than their male counterparts to reach positions of leadership, despite being proven to be on average 8% more productive. This Scholarship provides a route to a world-class qualification, particularly for women who may be a single mother or who face other economic challenges.”