British Council’s 70th Anniversary Scholarship

Sugandhi Sood Sugandhi Sood
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The second edition of the British Council’s 70th Anniversary Scholarship program has been launched for Indian women wishing to pursue a master-level program in disciplines such as Technology, Science, Engineering and Math (STEM) in the United Kingdom. The program enables young women to choose some of the best UK universities to complete their postgraduate degree.

The scholarship, valued at USD 12,84,440, will fund tuition fees for 70 Indian women enrolled in PG level STEM program for the academic session beginning in September/October 2020. The living and other expenses are not covered under the fellowship and are entirely the candidate’s responsibility.

Funded ByBritish Council of India
LevelMaster Degree
BenefitComplete tuition fee waiver for master’s level programs in STEM
ApplicabilityIndian women 

Institutions offering British Council 70th Anniversary Scholarship

A total of 36 universities in the UK offer the British Council 70thAnniversary Scholarship to Indian women. These include Anglia Ruskin University, The University of Edinburgh, University of Essex, Cranfield University, University of Warwick, University of Stirling, University of Nottingham, Aston University, University of Dundee, Newcastle University, Glasgow Caledonian University, and The University of Sheffield.


Highlights

Scholarship Type Merit-Based, College-Specific
Offered byGovernment bodies
OrganizationBritish Council of India
Application DeadlinePassed
No. of Scholarships70
AmountVariable
Renewabilityno
International Students EligibleYes
Scholarship Website Link N/A

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the British Council’s 70th Anniversary scholarship, the applicants have to fulfill the following eligibility criteria:

  • An applicant must be enrolled for a Master’s program in one of the following academic areas:
    • Aerospace
    • Transport Systems
    • Manufacturing
    • Energy and Power
    • Environmental Technologies
  • An applicant must have exceptional academic and extra-curricular records.
  • An applicant must be proficient in the English language.

Application Process

To avail the scholarship, interested candidates need to submit an application form through the UK university chosen by them. Given below is a step-by-step process that can assist interested candidates in applying for the scholarship:

Step I: Checking the eligibility 

  • Is the applicant planning to pursue a one-year postgraduate program in a STEM subject at the university in September 2020?
  • Does the applicant have an acceptance from the university offering the scholarship to pursue a STEM course of his/her choice? 
  • Does the candidate have a brilliant academic and extracurricular record?
  • Is the candidate a woman with a valid Indian passport?

English Language Requirements: An applicant must have obtained an IELTS score of 6 to apply for the scholarship. Higher levels of language proficiency needed by the potential host university shall take precedence over the minimum IELTS score of 6.

Step II: Formal admission offer for a postgraduate program in a STEM subject at the university

  • The applicant has to contact the chosen university’s international office or scholarship team.
  • The candidates have to confirm with the university chosen whether they will qualify for the British Council India 70th Anniversary Scholarships 2019-20.
  • The applicants have to request to be nominated for the scholarship. 

Step III: Nomination by the selected UK university 

  • The applicant has to confirm with the university whether the nomination has been submitted. 
  • Then, the candidate will be directed by the university to fill and submit an application form for the British Council India 70th Anniversary Scholarship 2019-2020.
  • The candidate has to submit a completed application form before January 31, 2019. 
  • After submitting the form, the candidate will receive an email with all the application details needed for reference.

Selection Process

Each application will be reviewed by a panel of the British Council based on pre-defined criteria. It would be an independent decision taken by a UK higher education institution (HEI) to nominate a candidate for this scholarship program. As part of the final selection process, the shortlisted candidates have to sit for an interview. The final call will be taken by the British Council’s selection panel.

Terms and Conditions

  • Candidates who have been nominated by more than one UK university for this scholarship must indicate the institution they want to attend. Also, it should be noted that each candidate can submit only one application.
  • Candidates must disclose whether they have applied, or hold an intention of applying for any other scholarship available for studies in the UK on their application forms. This will not affect the candidate’s chances of receiving the final award.
  • Selected scholars are not allowed to accept any additional funding towards tuition that will be covered by British Council India 70th Anniversary Scholarships.
  • Selected candidates have to make their finance-related arrangements for on-campus, boarding and living expenses.
  • Selected candidates ought to act as a brand ambassador of the British Council and their home country during their stay in the UK.
  • Once the program and course details are confirmed by the scholar and UK higher education institution (HEI), no change in course area is allowed without the British Council’s prior approval.

Grant Details

The British Council India 70th Anniversary Scholarship program is part of the British Council’s endeavor to contribute towards the economic growth of India and meet the ambitions of women in several states across the country. The scholarship program provides 70 meritorious women with an opportunity to study at some of the well-known universities in the UK. The applications for the next session will be accepted until January 31, 2020.

The scholarship program also offers them a chance to collaborate with international research teams and work in a high-class research environment. Additionally, the British Council will train the selected scholars to help them create an impact of their work in STEM fields through the efficient use of social media and science communication.

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