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Scholarships for Women in Male-Dominated Industries

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In the UK, of women make up the engineering workforce, while in the US, only around  of those in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) occupations are women. Similar statistics are reported across the world in male-dominated industries such as business, engineering and technology.

Will the gender disparity in male-dominated industries ever change? The answer seems to be yes – but gradually. Helping to speed up the process are various organizations 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 and sciencescholarships for women in technology and scholarships for women in business.

Scholarships for women in engineering and science

  •  – International scholarships for women pursuing doctorates or PhDs in aerospace-related science or engineering subjects.
  •  – Scholarships for women in engineering or technical science-related programs at universities in the US.
  •  – Scholarships for women in engineering and scientific fields wanting to continue their studies at postgraduate level.
  •  – US scholarships for women studying aviation.
  •  – US scholarships for women pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a STEM subject.
  •  – Awards for women to study engineering in Canada. Only open to Canadian citizens.
  •  – US scholarships for female undergraduate students at the University of Maryland Baltimore County majoring in STEM subjects.
  •  – Awarded to women starting their first year of an undergraduate degree in a STEM subject in the UK.
  •  – Undergraduate and graduate awards (granted directly to the university, rather than the applicant) with preference given to women in fields in which women are underrepresented, e.g. physics, computer science, engineering and mathematics.
  •  – US scholarships for women in engineering, awarded by the AIAA Foundation.
  • – Awarded to female students within the UK and Ireland studying in scientific fields.
  •  - 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.
  •  – 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.
  • – US scholarships for women in engineering from the Society of Women Engineers.
  •  – Sponsored by Shell and the Institute of Physics, this award is for female UK students pursuing careers in Physics.
  •  – WEST (Women in Engineering, Science and Technology) provides small bursaries for women in STEM-related studies within Sheffield in the UK.
  •  – Scholarships for women in engineering studying in the UK.
  •  – Undergraduate and graduate scholarships for women pursuing careers in transportation.
  • – For women interested in pursuing careers in physics research after having had their further studies interrupted. For US or Canadian citizens or legal residents with an affiliation to a research institution or national lab.

Scholarships for women in technology

  •  – Scholarships aimed at women from less advantaged backgrounds to pursue a degree that supports high-tech innovation, such as electronic engineering or robotics, at the University of Cambridge, King’s College London or the University of Edinburgh in the UK.
  • - Open to female undergraduate students of any nationality who are studying computer science at Durham University in the UK.
  • – Offered in partnership with the UK’s University of Oxford and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands, 15 full scholarships are available for women to study an applicable Master of Science (MSc) degree at either university.
  •  – Scholarships for women and other underrepresented students pursuing degrees in computer and video game arts. For study in the US.
  •  – International scholarships for women in STEM subjects.
  •  – Scholarships for women in technology or engineering, studying at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, US.
  •  – Global scholarships for minority women to pursue degrees in technology and computing.
  •  – For women wishing to study in the fields of IT, computer science, management information systems and related fields. Available to US citizens only.
  •  – For female employees at Microsoft to undertake further study in information technology.

Scholarships for women in business

  • – International scholarships for women in business wishing to study business management at undergraduate and master’s level.
  • – Scholarships for women in business living in Nashville, US, planning to study business or leadership at degree level.
  •  – Scholarships for exceptional Asian women (who are US citizens) who demonstrate leadership, entrepreneurship and a strong academic history.
  •  – Scholarships for women in business, particularly aimed at professional women returning to education. For US citizens.

Other scholarships for women in male-dominated industries

  •  – Scholarships for pre-university students, undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers in the US.
  • - $1,500 scholarships are available for women to study at any accredited trade or technical school in the US or Canada for careers in any of the applicable service trades.
  •  – Scholarships for women pursuing a PhD in accounting.
  • – Scholarships to encourage more women to enter statistically oriented professions. Applicants must be US or Canadian citizens enrolled in a graduate statistics program.
  • – 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.

This article was originally published in August 2014. It was last updated in September 2018.

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Written by Laura Tucker
Laura is a former staff writer for, 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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You know what's crazy? Universities have almost no.offers of scholarships for older or mature women ! So many of mature women are freer in their 50s and research has shown that it is period of most innovation in humans...other than the 20s. And that age group has time to pursue their desires . I would love to do a funded postgrad in a STEM field as... I am in construction ....where I can then mentor younger women... but there is very little I can find....Ageism? And it's the future income earner for universities...

Hi. I'm from India and I was looking business scholarships for women studying abroad in France.

Hi, we've included business scholarships for women in our list of Business and Entrepreneurship Scholarships Around the World.

What about petroleum engineering?