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Women in Science Scholarships

Become the next Ada Lovelace....


The Women in Science Scholarship scheme is funded by the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences as part of our commitment to increasing the representation of female students studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) subjects. The scholarships are designed to offer financial assistance to outstanding candidates during their undergraduate studies (for up to 3 years).

We have scholarships available worth £3,000, for Home/EU female students in the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences, who are undertaking undergraduate studies in the areas of mathematics, physics, computer science, electronic engineering or chemistry and are beginning their studies in 2018.


Why do we have Women in Science Scholarships?

There is substantial evidence highlighting gender imbalance within STEM subjects.  Women are significantly under represented within NMS: only 30% of our students are female and less than 20% of our academic staff are female. This is a trend that is comparable nationally. 

The Faculty is actively working to support women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in order to address the imbalance of women working and studying in these areas. The scholarships are designed to offer financial assistance to outstanding female candidates throughout their undergraduate programme (for a maximum of three years of study) and to introduce them to various initiatives and activities taking place across the university in response to the issue. The Faculty expects scholarship holders to contribute to these initiatives and be an active participant in such events and activities. 

How much is the Women in Science scholarship?

The Faculty will be offering Women in Science scholarships worth £3,000 each to those applicants who are successful throughout their undergraduate programme, for a maximum of three year of study. 

The scholarships are designed to offer assistance to outstanding candidates undertaking these undergraduate programmes.

Am I eligible for the Women in Science scholarship?

In order to be eligible to apply for the scholarship, applicants must:

  • be assessed as having Home/EU fee status
  • be a female* applicant to the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences applying for an undergraduate programme in the Departments of Chemistry, Informatics, Mathematics or Physics**;
  • have achieved, or be predicted, at least AAA at A-level or equivalent (conditional offers will be made to those awaiting results); and
  • not be a current student in the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences.

*this also includes non-binary or trans applicants

** this includes those with offers for joint honours programmes where the main department is located within the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

How do I apply for a Women in Science scholarship?

You will need to complete the application form and submit a statement answering the following questions in no more than 1000 words:  

  1. Why have you chosen to study the subject for which you are applying?
  2. Outside of school, how do you promote/support STEM and gender equality?
  3. Why do you think initiatives like this Women in Science Scholarship are important?
  4. How will you use your time at university to promote gender equality?
  5. Why do you believe you should be awarded a Women in Science Scholarship?
  6. Are there any other factors concerning your extenuating circumstances that you feel the panel should consider?

The application form can be downloaded here

The deadline for submitting your application is Friday 29 March 2019.

Women in Science Scholarship holders

Once the winners have been identified you will be contacted with further details about how and when you will receive their scholarship.  

Following confirmation you will also receive details regarding upcoming events and activities that will be taking place in the Faculty and your department.

As a Women in Science Scholarship holder we will ask that you to do the following during your studies:

  • Write a piece for the website which highlights our scholarship winners, which you would update/add to each year to show how you have been involved and what you have done.

We hope that scholarship holders will:

    • become a Women in Science Champion
    • support and attend Faculty open days and public engagement events
    • assist in the design and promotion of cross-faculty activities (i.e. Ada Lovelace Day, Schools programmes, Gender Equality Student Fund etc.)
    • be actively involved in 1-2 activities each year, either as a member of the Dept. /Faculty E&D Committee, taking part in an event, or arranging you own.
Where can I get further information?

To find out more about the Scholarship scheme, please contact


The College has tried to give students an early opportunity to begin their research of student funding. Although every effort has been made to ensure that information provided is both helpful to prospective candidates and accurate at the time of its publication, it is possible that some information may be outdated or superseded before the start of the 2019-20 academic year.  

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