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Scholarships for Women in Male-Dominated Industries

By Laura T

Updated March 30, 2022 Updated March 30, 2022

Women still make up a small percentage of the STEM workforce across the globe, and it’s a similar picture for other male-dominated industries like business. Will the gender disparity in male-dominated industries ever change?

The answer seems to be yes – but gradually. In the UK, the number of women applying to engineering, computer science and medicine and dentistry since 2019 has increased by over 7 percent, 33 percent and 30 percent respectively.

Helping to speed up the process are various organisations offering scholarships for women preparing for careers in male-dominated industries. Often, the funding is accompanied by additional support, including mentorship and special events or workshops.

Below is a selection of global and region-specific scholarships for women in male-dominated industries, including scholarships for women in engineering, technology and in business.

Scholarships for women in engineering and science

  • AOE National Foundation Scholarships – Scholarships for women in engineering or technical science-related programs at universities in the US. Application deadline is 1 April 2022.
  • BHW Women in STEM Academic Scholarship – US scholarships for women pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a STEM subject. Applications open in January and are due on 15 April 2022.
  • British Council scholarships for women in STEM – In partnership with 26 UK universities with the aim of benefiting women from the Americas, South Asia, South East Asia, Egypt, Turkey and Ukraine, these scholarships provide support for women in STEM who can demonstrate their need for financial support and who wish to inspire future generations of women. Application deadline is 10 April 2022.
  • AIAA Lockheed Martin Marillyn Hewson Scholarship – US scholarships for women studying STEM subjects and demonstrating financial need. Awarded by the AIAA Foundation.
  • L’Oréal India For Young Women in Science Scholarship – Awarded to female students within India to encourage and support young women to pursue their careers in science.
  • Science Ambassador Scholarship – A full tuition scholarship for a woman in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, funded by Cards Against Humanity. You don't need to be a US citizen to apply. Applications for 2022 are closed but applications for the 2023 academic year open in fall.
  • Southern Automotive Women’s Forum Scholarship – Scholarships for women in engineering and other STEM-related degree subjects, for students who wish to pursue careers in the automotive industry upon graduation. For citizens of states within the Southern US. Applicant deadline is 20 March 2022.
  • SWE Scholarship Program– US scholarships for women in engineering from the Society of Women Engineers. Applications for sophomores and above are now closed for 2022 but freshman can still apply until 2 May 2022.
  • Women’s Engineering Society Awards – Scholarships for women in engineering studying in the UK.
  • Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Scholarships – Undergraduate and graduate scholarships for women pursuing careers in transportation. Applications close soon on 11 March 2022.

Scholarships for women in technology

Scholarships for women in business

Other scholarships for women in male-dominated industries

  • Laurels Fund Scholarships – Scholarships for women pursuing a PhD in accounting. Applications must be completed by 15 May 2022.
  • Skills 4 UK Scholar’s Award – Open to female students entering the final year of university in the UK who are on track for a 2.1 or above. The winner receives a place on Skills 4 UK’s award-winning Career Development Programme.

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This article was originally published in March 2019 . It was last updated in March 2022

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Laura is a former staff writer for TopUniversities.com, providing advice and guidance for students on a range of topics helping them to choose where to study, get admitted and find funding and scholarships. A graduate of Queen Mary University of London, Laura also blogs about student life.

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