The following is a press release from the British Council. Their thoughts and opinions are their own.
Bangkok – March 8, 2021 – The British Council is launching more than 40 scholarships for the academic year 2021/2022 to support Thai students who wish to undertake postgraduate-level study at one of the selected UK institutions.
GREAT Scholarships offer 28 scholarships (worth a total of 11.5 million baht) for students who wish to pursue their master’s degree at participating UK higher education institutions, including Cranfield University, Goldsmiths University, University of Bath, and University College London. The scholarships cover a variety of subjects from law, business, art, and design to biological science, IT, and many more. Launched for the first time in Thailand and South East Asia countries, Women in STEM Scholarships offers 15 full scholarships for underrepresented women from Southeast Asian countries who are passionate about science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) to further their master’s degree in the UK. The economic support provided by the program will include tuition fees, stipend, accommodation, special support for mothers as well as English language support.
Helga Stellmacher, Director, the British Council in Thailand said “As the United Kingdom’s international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities, our work in Education aims to internationalize higher education and promote UK education. For the academic year 2021–2022, GREAT Scholarships offers 28 scholarships from UK universities to students from Thailand across a variety of subjects. Each scholarship is worth a minimum of £10,000–26,000 towards tuition fees for a one-year postgraduate course.”
This year’s UK participating institutions include Bangor University, University of Birmingham, Bishop Grosseteste University, Bournemouth University, Cranfield University, Goldsmiths University, Royal College London, Kiel University, Nottingham Trent University, Royal Agricultural University, Sheffield Hallam University, Teesside University, University of Bath, University College London, University of Derby, Dundee University, Exeter University, Hull University, University of Kent, Manchester University, and Stirling University.
Ms. Stellmacher added, “In addition to GREAT Scholarships, for the first time in Thailand, the British Council is launching their own British Council Women in STEM scholarships. This program provides opportunities for talented yet underrepresented women in STEM subjects to further their studies in the UK. These scholarships are designed to support women who would normally not have had the opportunity to study abroad to advance their career path in STEM, an area that is in high demand in today’s job market and the global economy where technology is increasingly playing a vital role in every field. The successful applicants will also get an opportunity to be part of and shape an influential network of like-minded alumni to inspire the next generation of women in STEM.”
According to data from the UN Scientific Education and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), fewer than 30 percent of researchers worldwide are women and only 30 percent of female students select STEM-related fields in higher education.
The British Council in partnership with leading UK universities – The University of Glasgow, Liverpool John Moores University, and Stirling University, provide scholarships 15 scholarships for women in South East Asia counties including Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The scholarships cover tuition fees, stipend, accommodation, special support for mothers, and English language support.
For more information and to obtain the application schedule for both scholarship programs, visit www.britishcouncil.org/study-work-abroad/in-uk