Aquaculture for all

Asian women offered fully-funded aquaculture scholarships at Stirling

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A number of fully-funded places on masters degree courses at Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture are being offered to women from Southeast Asia.

The scholarships aim to inspire the next generation of SE Asian women in the aquaculture sector, who may one day follow in the footsteps of inspirational figures such as Anne Thaisin, CEO of Quality Farms in Thailand

© Quality Farms

The offer is part of a new scholarship programme that has been launched by The British Council in partnership with the University of Stirling. Applications are invited by women who wish to pursue a postgraduate degree within the Institute of Aquaculture, who can demonstrate their need for financial support and who wish to inspire future generations of women to pursue careers in the aquaculture industry.

Citizens of the following countries are encouraged to apply:

  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

The scholarship covers the full costs associated with study at the University of Stirling including:

  • Tuition fees.
  • Up to 12 months monthly stipend at the rate of £1,116 p/month to cover costs of living, including accommodation.
  • IELTs exam fee (for scholars without a valid test of English).
  • Up to 3-month online pre-sessional English course if required.
  • Return economy-class travel from home country to UK (this will not reimburse costs of fares for dependants).
  • Study-related costs, such as essential travel, materials, equipment, thesis printing etc.
  • Visa and insurance / NHS surcharge costs.
  • Ad hoc costs (heavy baggage allowance, etc.)
  • If the scholar is a mother and widowed, divorced or a single parent, the bursary should also cover a child allowance of at least £465 per month for the first child, if they are accompanied by their child and are living at the same address in the UK.
Sampling shrimp in Thailand

Eligibility and availability

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • Be a woman (cis-gendered or trans) or identify as non-binary.
  • Be a passport holder and permanent resident of one of the following countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam.
  • Have applied and received an offer to study one of the following degrees at the University of Stirling by the time you submit your scholarship application and be due to start your degree:
  • Have completed an undergraduate degree that will allow you to meet the academic requirements of one of the eligible degrees listed above, before you submit your application.
  • Have not previously studied at degree or higher level in the UK or recently lived in the UK.
  • Be able to take up your place on the degree in the academic year from Sept 2021 – 2022.
  • Meet the English language requirements for the course (IELTS 6.5 with no element less than 6.0; or equivalent; or expect to meet the requirement after undertaking on of the pre-sessional English language courses at The University of Stirling).
  • Demonstrate a need for financial support.
  • Agree to return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your scholarship award has ended.

You are not eligible for a British Council Scholars for Women in STEM if you:

  • Hold dual British citizenship.
  • Are an employee, a former employee, or relative of an employee of Her Majesty’s Government (including British embassies/high commissions; the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; Department of International Trade; the Ministry of Defence; and the Home Office).
  • Are an employee, or former employee, or relative of an employee of the British Council Scholarship for Women in STEM – eligible countries.
  • are in receipt of financial support or funding towards your studies in the UK from any other source
  • Have previously studied in the UK with funding from a UK Government-funded scholarship or a UK institutional scholarship/financial bursary.

How to apply

Applicants should complete the application form and send it to by 12:00hrs (GMT) on 24 March 2021.