Robert Gordon University (RGU) has given out British Council-funded academic scholarships to six Latin American women to attend the institution to pursue a year-long master’s degree program.
The goal of the initiative is to expand opportunities in the area for women who require financial assistance and wish to inspire future generations to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
- British Council-funded academic scholarships awarded to six Latin American women
- Selected scholars to pursue a year-long master’s program at RGU
- The scholarships worth £35,000 also cover living and transportation expenses
The British Council provides opportunities for prospective female students to pursue a master’s degree scholarship or an early academic fellowship in a STEM program at a prominent university in the United Kingdom.
Only 30% of female students choose STEM-related disciplines in higher education, according to data from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Enrolment of female students in ICT, natural science, mathematics, statistics, engineering, manufacturing, and construction is relatively low globally.
The British Council, in collaboration with UK universities, has created a scholarship program for women from the Americas, South Asia, South East Asia, Egypt, Turkey, and Ukraine for the second year in a row.
RGU and the British Council have searched for women who have a STEM background, can demonstrate a financial need, and want to inspire future generations of women to pursue STEM careers.
Other eligibility requirements include applicants having an undergraduate degree that will enable them to gain access to one of the pre-selected postgraduate programs at RGU.
The British Council also evaluates whether the interested applicants can attain the level of English required for postgraduate study/research, are passionate about their course of study, and are willing to engage as committed British Council scholarship alumni.
RGU’s scholarships, which are worth £35,000, give support not only for studies but also for living and transportation costs.
The successful students, who came from Brazil, Mexico, and Peru, were chosen from over 280 applicants and will be studying at a Scottish institution for the first time.
Analytical Sciences, Biomedical Technology, Cyber Security, IT with Business Intelligence, Solar Energy Systems, and Public Health and Health Promotion are among the master’s degree programs being pursued by the students.
Students are also working on STEM projects to positively impact their home countries as part of their degrees, using the skills and expertise obtained at RGU.
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