The British Council, in collaboration with eight British universities, is offering scholarships for women from Latin America and the Caribbean to pursue master’s degrees in fields related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).
This study opportunity will influence the existing gender gap in these disciplines and allow them to attain leadership positions and establish connections with peers in the region and the UK, who can contribute to their professional development. This program seeks to support women from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Peru, Venezuela and Mexico, in
“It is an exceptional opportunity, as there are 45 full scholarships available for women in the region, which include tuition costs, monthly living expenses, travel expenses, visa fees, and health coverage.
Mothers can travel with their children, with related costs also covered through the scheme. In addition, the program provides the possibility for beneficiaries to be able to prepare themselves with a short English language course, in order to reach the language level necessary to conduct their studies, ”says Diana Dest, Regional Director of Education at the British Council.
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women, and only 30% of female students choose fields of higher education related to the use of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
A study revealed that young women have a perception that they need to demonstrate superior intelligence and dedication to be able to compete against men for access to STEM careers. In addition to the idea that professions are complex and that very few agree with them, stereotypes and cultural barriers are added. This program is open to transgender women and has no minimum age.
The British Council seeks to contribute to narrowing the gender gap that exists in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Women who apply and benefit from the scholarship program will have the possibility to study at institutions such as the University of Bristol, Cranfield University, Imperial College London, among others.