Women in STEM

Opportunity for early career female academics from South Asia to spend up to a year at Imperial


Applications are now closed

Imperial College London, as part of the Transition to Zero Pollution initiative, is pleased to announce the Imperial Climate and Energy Early Academic Fellowship as part of the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM for the 2021/22 academic year.

In partnership with the British Council, Imperial College London is offering four fully funded placements for recent female PhD graduates (in last 3 years) at selected Imperial departments/institutes from South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka).

The Fellowships have been created with the aim to help address the under-representation of women in STEM. Applicants will be required to demonstrate their financial need and how they would inspire future generations of women to pursue a career in STEM.



The Early Career Academic Fellowship will support a recent PhD graduate from South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka) to undertake a visiting research placement for 6 to 12 months at Imperial in one of the following departments/institutes:

Each department/institute will host one Early Academic Fellow in the 2022/23 academic year.  Fellows will have a supervisor/mentor in the department/institute as well as access to Imperial’s academic and professional support provided to all early career academics.

Placements can be 6 to 12 months and can begin from 1 September 2022, in agreement with the host department/institute.

The Fellowship will provide:

  • A monthly stipend of £2,167
  • IELTS exams fees
  • Return economy class travel
  • Research related expenses
  • Visa, insurance and NHS surcharge

For those with dependents, additional funding will be available.


To be eligible for the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM – Early Academic Fellowship Programme, you must:

  • Be a woman.
  • Be a passport holder and permanent resident of Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka.
  • Have an acceptance letter from one of the Academic Supervisors mentioned below to undergo a fellowship programme in one of the areas proposed by the institutions participating in one of the following UK university partners assigned for each region, before your application to British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM can be considered. This letter of support must be provided with the application materials and detail the training and support available to the fellow as well as scientific fit with the hosting research group.
  • Have completed all components of PhD in the last 3 years in a university based in one of the eligible countries participating in this scheme. We will consider applicants that have submitted their thesis but are still awaiting viva voce examination, and will make awards to these candidates only with the mutual agreement of British Council and the hosting supervisor.
  • Have not previously studied at degree level or higher in the UK or lived recently in the UK.
  • Meet the English language requirement of the UK university partner.
  • Demonstrate case for financial support.
  • Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your scholarship award has ended.

You are also required to show in your application form that:

  • You can demonstrate a plan and passion to engage other women and girls in STEM from your home country
  • You agree that your personal data being shared with the British Council as a condition of applying for the bursary

If you are awarded a fellowship, you agree to maintain contact with the British Council and act as an ambassador for the UK and engage with activities as part of a British Council Women in STEM alumnus during and after your study in the UK. Any involvement in these activities during your study in the UK will take up no more than five hours per term.

You are not eligible for a British Council Scholarships 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 for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; Department for International Trade; the Ministry of Defence; and the Home Office)
  • Are an employee, a former employee, or relative (*) of an employee of the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM – eligible countries

(*) Relatives are defined as parents or step-parents, siblings or step-siblings, children or step-children, spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner (where the couple have been in a relationship akin to marriage or civil partnership for at least two years).

  • Are currently in receipt of financial support or funding towards your study programme 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.

Host departments/institutes

Centre for Environmental Policy https://www.imperial.ac.uk/environmental-policy/

The CEP is a globally relevant, interdisciplinary environmental science, technology and policy research, teaching and engagement department which operates at the core of sustainability science and policy debates.

The Centre contributes to advancing our understanding of natural systems and the role people play in them, for the betterment of society and the environment. This focus on the human dimensions of environmental problem solving underpins our research initiatives in transitions to zero carbon, renewables, circular economies, environmental justice, conservation science, biosecurity and environmental management. The internationally-renowned MSc programmes and PhD training provided by the CEP inspire and train world-class environmental scientists and policy makers.

The CEP is a diverse, integrated and highly motivated professional, academic and student community that promotes inclusion and representation or a range of backgrounds, experiences and expertise. These staff are solution-focused and have close engagement with governments, NGOs, industry and the wider scientific community.

Key Skills & Techniques
In addition to meeting the academic criteria, applicants are expected to demonstrate some professional experience or societal engagement that informs the breadth of their views and their ability to communicate and analyse complex topics.
Finding a potential host supervisor

The academic supervisors in the CEP can be found herehttps://www.imperial.ac.uk/environmental-policy/phd/supervisors/

Central contact for academic enquiries

The central academic administrative contact in the CEP is Shane Murphy shane.murphy@imperial.ac.uk

Earth Science and Engineering https://www.imperial.ac.uk/earth-science/

Academics and researchers in the Department of Earth Science & Engineering are at the cutting edge of comprehending how our Earth systems and other planets work and how natural resources and energy can be sustainably extracted and provided, using a combination of pure and applied research.

Our research covers a broad range of subjects, from planetary science, over climate and environment and natural hazards, to sustainable mining and geo-energy and is distributed across three sections: Earth and PlanetsNatural Resources Geoscience and Engineering and Computational Geoscience and Engineering, covering nine main Research Themes. Please follow the links to our departmental website for further information.

Key Skills & Techniques
A PhD in Earth Science, climate & environmental science, geology, planetary science, energy systems, computational science and engineering or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience
Finding a potential host supervisor
Please have a look at the staff list and research activities on our website to identify a suitable host from our department, and reach out to the individual to discuss a potential project and whether they would be your host. 
Central contact for academic enquiries
Hui Jia, Programme Manager ESE,  h.jia@imperial.ac.uk
Energy Futures Lab https://www.imperial.ac.uk/energy-futures-lab/

Energy Futures Lab is Imperial College London’s energy institute, founded in 2005 to address global energy challenges by identifying and leading new opportunities to serve industry, government and society at large through high quality research, evidence and advocacy for positive change.

The institute aims to drive the decarbonisation and sustainable transformation of our energy systems by developing multidisciplinary collaborations, formulation application-inspired programs of basic research and translating and disseminating findings for use by policymakers and industry.

Led by two Co-directors, Prof Anna Korre and Prof Peter Childs, Energy Futures Lab supports and connects the College’s energy research community across a broad set of energy research topics, which we represent in our six research themes:

  • Materials for Energy
  • Sustainable Power
  • Sustainable Fuels
  • Energy Infrastructure
  • Low Carbon Cities and Transport
  • Policy and Innovation

Energy Futures Lab’s forward looking research strategy is to develop and support research that is of societal benefit and which enables the transition to a sustainable and low-carbon energy system.

The dual goals of achieving net-zero emissions across all energy sectors and sustainability of energy systems form two of the foundations of Energy Futures Lab’s research strategy. The third foundation of our strategy is the digitalisation of energy systems, which we view as a key enabler in the drive for net zero and sustainability.

We particularly encourage applications to work towards a policy focused output, such as a briefing note with a regional focus in South Asia, and that is aligned with our priorities and themes.

Key Skills & Techniques
  • A PhD in a science or engineering discipline closely related to energy research (essential)
  • Strong publication record (essential)
  • Experience in policy briefings and/or interacting with policymakers (desirable)
  • Understanding of region-specific challenges for energy transitions in South Asia (essential)
  • Experience in one of the topic areas listed below (desirable):
    • Energy transitions / systems integration
    • Renewables
    • Green hydrogen or other sustainable fuels
    • Energy storage
    • Heating and cooling
    • Transport
Finding a potential host supervisor
Candidates are encouraged to get in touch with Energy Futures Lab at the email addresses below with a brief summary of their background and their intended area of research for the fellowship.
Central contact for academic enquiries
Dr Nicholas Hylton, n.hylton@imperial.ac.uk, efl.researchdevelopment@imperial.ac.uk
Grantham Institute https://www.imperial.ac.uk/grantham/
The Grantham Institute is Imperial College London's hub for climate change and the environment, and one of Imperial's seven Global Institutes established to promote inter-disciplinary working and to meet some of the greatest challenges faced by society. We drive forward discovery, convert innovations into applications, train future leaders and communicate academic knowledge to businesses, industry and policymakers to help shape their decisions.

The Grantham Institute aims to drive highly collaborative climate and environment-related research that has a real-world impact. The Institute harnesses the tremendous strengths of world-class researchers from Imperial College London’s four main areas – engineering, natural sciences, medicine and business – and external partners to address climate change and environment related issues. The impact-focused nature of this research ensures it is influential in informing fundamental understanding of climate processes to environmental impacts, mitigation technologies and policies.

Our work

Key Skills & Techniques
PhD in climate science, environmental science/engineering or a closely related discipline
Finding a potential host supervisor
A list of research staff can be found here: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/grantham/about-us/our-people/staff/
Central contact for academic enquiries
Prof Ralf Toumi; r.toumi@imperial.ac.uk

How to apply

Applications are now open and can be completed online here until 29 April 2022.

In order to complete the application, applicants will need to provide:

  1. Details on background to show how the eligibility criteria are met.
  2. A two-page academic CV
  3. A case for support for the fellowship (up to four sides), including:
    1. Description of recent dissertation work and any planned research outputs
    2. Scientific case for the fellowship (no more than two sides)
    3. Specific training, in research techniques or methods, that the fellowship will enable
    4. Motivation for applying and plans for a future career in STEM.
  4. A letter of recommendation from PhD institution, preferably from PhD supervisor or advisor, addressing your skills and suitability for the placement.
  5. A letter of support from the hosting supervisor at Imperial in the proposed host department/institute detailing the training and support that will be provided and the scientific fit with your work.

Finding a host supervisor

Potential applicants should review the potential host department/institutes in the adjacent tab to determine if they have the suitable academic experience and background to undertake a fellowship.

Applicants should then either contact the contact point listed or a potential hosting supervisor directly to discuss if they were suitable for the placement, activities that could be undertaken, and possibility of receiving a letter of support.

Further questions

For questions about academic matters, potential supervisor, please see contact details in the tab for host departments/institutes.

For any concerns about the application process or other technical issues, please contact:

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