Organisations offering funding, bursaries, grants, awards and scholarships for women and girls in STEM
Please contact the organisations direct by clicking on the links. You can also seek advice about funding from your Professional Body, Union or Learned Society.
See also our Women in STEM networks section.
If you would like to list your opportunity for women in STEM, or place an advert on this page, please contact us.
An Arkwright Engineering Scholarship is the most esteemed scholarship of its type in the UK, designed to inspire students to pursue their dreams and change the world as a future leader in engineering. The Scholarships are awarded to hard-working 16 year old students through a rigorous selection process, supporting them through their A levels, Scottish Highers or equivalent qualifications...
WEST is a voluntary organisation based in Sheffield and run by a group of trustees who have been involved in this area since the 1980s. Every year, WEST makes small bursaries to offer practical support to women and girls who are learning or working in a non-traditional role or would like to do start to do this.
The Amazon Women in Innovation Bursary launched in September 2016 to help young women fulfil their ambitions of a career in innovation and technology. Amazon funds bursaries at universities in cities where it has a Development Centre, including the University of Edinburgh, King’s College London and Churchill College in the University of Cambridge; providing funding of between £3,500 and £7,500 per year to a female student attending one of the three chosen universities and taking up a degree that supports high-tech innovation.
Recognizing the accomplishments and potential of women in computing
A set of awards to honor distinguished technical women and those who are working towards the recruitment, retention and advancement of technical women.
Brentwood Open Learning College is pleased to announce BOLC Distance Learning Scholarships to make learning affordable for students across the world. These scholarships range between £100 and £460 (Up to 80% of the course fee). Amounts vary based upon need.
BFWG holds a Research Presentations Day each year at which women postgraduate students are invited to give short presentations of their research work to a general audience. A prize is offered for the best presentation.
Career Re-entry Research Fellowships
To provide an opportunity to re-establish a career in cardiovascular science in an established research institution in the UK, after a break of more than one year.
Women in Engineering programme
Supports female graduates to attain their full potential in the engineering profession. The Programme consists of a bespoke mentoring scheme, personal professional development training and visits to industry. The Programme also includes a £10,000 Women in Engineering Award for 30 selected female students.
Support for scientists, engineers and IT specialists to return to work after a career break.
UK's leading organisation dedicated to realising the potential of scientists and engineers returning to research following a career break
About the DevelopHER Awards
The DevelopHER awards aims to raise the profile of women in technology in East Anglia, creating role models to inspire the next generation to become developers, technicians, project managers, testers and digital experts.
Recognising that women are traditionally under-represented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) studies and the related professions, Ford is delighted to announce the 2018 Ford Prize for Women in STEM Study Competition, which will recognise the achievements of women in STEM, who are encouraging other women to become involved.
The Fran Trust funds scholarly activity in the fields of feminism, gender or women's studies.
The Trust provides small grants of up to £500 for postgraduate students studying at UK universities to attend and present papers on a gender-related topic at academic conferences in the UK.
Community Service Scholarship
GreenMatch believes in sustainability and promoting greener living. In an effort to encourage and empower young individuals to play their part in helping the community through green activities and initiatives, GreenMatch would like to award a student with a scholarship of £1,000 for excellence in green initiatives.
INSPIRE teacher training programme
The INSPIRE PGCE science teacher training programme aimed at people with PhDs and Masters with a passion for outreach and science communication. Tax free funding of up to £32,000 is available.
Recognises the achievements and contributions of exceptional females across the globe
Established in 1998, the L'Oréal-UNESCO partnership is a long-term commitment to recognizing women in science and supporting scientific vocations. For Women in Science has grown into a global programme that includes International, Regional and National Fellowships and an international network of over 2,000 women in over 100 countries.
Grants and prizes
The funding on offer includes student bursaries, engineering entrepreneurship, research projects, international exchanges, knowledge transfer partnerships, public engagement activities and prizes recognising significant engineering achievements.
Funding the next generation of female technologists.
The Women in Technology Scholars programme is the latest grass roots initiative that Sky has launched to help encourage more women to pursue careers in technology. The scheme runs on a one-year rotation, with up to three scholars supported this year. The selection of female technology scholars will be based on those who have set their sights on realising their potential within the tech industry.
Inspiring Tomorrow's Innovators
he TeenTech Awards are for UK students from 11-16 (Years 7 to 11) and 17-18 (Years 12 to 13) working in teams of up to three to look at problems large and small to see if they can find a better way of doing things.
Would you like to travel overseas to research new ideas and best practice from across this wide field? Travelling Fellowships available in the fields of Science, Technology & Innovation
Support for female students
Nuffield has compiled a list of organisations giving funds only to women in education and training. All the organisations listed have given their consent to be part of the directory and enquiries should be directed to the individual organisations. The directory is not exhaustive.
Supporting engineering in the region through funding & education
The Reece Foundation aims to increase the long term and sustainable prosperity of the North East of England through the promotion of engineering and manufacturing with a focus on improving education in engineering and related subjects, training in engineering skills and the development of employment opportunities. Currently the focus of funding is for projects and groups based in the North East of England, including Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and County Durham.
RECOGNISING THE OUTSTANDING INNOVATION ACHIEVED BY WOMEN IN THE IT INDUSTRY
The Women in IT Awards is the world’s largest event dedicated to tackling the technology industry’s disheartening gender imbalance. It does this by showcasing the achievements and innovation of women in technology, identifying new role models and promoting further dialogue around diversity among industry influencers.
Awards are regularly offered by WES, depending on the funds available.
The bursaries are open to any woman who is not on a board or committee – but would like to be. Bursary applicants should have an income of under £30,000 or have been out of work for over 12 months. Applications are open until 31 March 2019.