Mexico City. – The British Council, In cooperation with Eight British universities, Offers Scholarships for Latina and Jamaican Women, To pursue a master’s degree in related fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).
The gender gap that exists in these disciplines is well documented, so this program seeks to support women from: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Peru, Venezuela and Mexico, to reach leadership positions and establish contacts with their counterparts in the region and the United Kingdom, who can contribute to their professional development.
It’s an exceptional opportunity, as there are 45 full scholarships available to women in the region, which include monthly tuition and living costs, 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 for a short course in the English language, 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 science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
In Mexico, according to data from UN Women, the number of women graduating in engineering, for example, is barely 28.5%, so there is a huge challenge to encourage new generations to venture into STEM careers or fields.
A study revealed that young women have a perception that they need to demonstrate superior intelligence and dedication, in order to have the potential to compete against men for access to STEM careers. In addition to the notion that professions are complex and that very few would agree with them, stereotypes and cultural barriers have been added because they are not seen as “girls” activity.
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 ambitious scholarship program will be able to study at institutions such as: University of Bristol, Cranfield University, Imperial College London, among others.
Professionals interested in participating in one of these scholarships will be able to get more information on how to apply on the British Council. click here.
Clarifying doubts also, on February 11th at 11:00 am, as part of International Women and Girls in Science Day, the British Council will present a virtual talk about the educational opportunities they provide to passionate women. STEM Topics The conference record is available through the organization’s social media.
As part of the British Council’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, the scholarship program is open to transgender women and does not set an age limit.
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