For the first time UK becomes host country for Argentinian government scholarship programme

11 November 2016

Inclusion in BEC.AR programme reflects developing relationship between the two countries.

This week the UK became a destination country for the Argentinian government's scholarship scheme BEC.AR for the first time

The BEC.AR programme will award approximately twenty full scholarships to Argentinian students to complete a taught Master's degree in a STEM related subject at a UK university, with a September 2017 start.

Universities UK International (UUKi) will be administering the scheme in the UK on behalf of BEC.AR. The first call for applications opens this week. 

UUKi and the Ministry of Modernisation of the Argentine Republic signed a contract for the extension of the Argentinian BEC.AR programme, which currently operates in countries including the US, France, Australia and Spain, to the UK.  

This agreement embodies new developments in the relationship between the UK and the Republic of Argentina, only eleven months after the new Argentinian President Mauricio Macri was elected and affirmed his desire to strengthen ties with the UK.  

It follows an encouraging meeting which took place early September 2016 in Argentina between Sir Alan Duncan, the UK Foreign Office Minister, and his Argentinian counterpart, Susana Malcorra. They pledged to work together more closely on a range of bilateral issues, including trade and security, so the agreement with BEC.AR is timely.  

UUKi will work closely with host UK universities to facilitate the scheme. It will also act as a point of assistance and guidance to BEC.AR scholars throughout the application process and the duration of their stay in the UK. 

The scholarship will cover academic tuition fees, travel expenses, a monthly maintenance allowance, health insurance and visa costs. 

It is expected that the programme will also include funding for short term PhD mobility of Argentinian students to the UK next year. 

Vivienne Stern, Director of UUKi, comments:  

'We are delighted to work with the Argentinian Government and the BEC.AR programme to warmly welcome twenty Argentinian scholars to UK universities.  

'The international nature of our academic communities is a defining feature of the UK university sector. Seeing our two countries choose higher education as one of the first positive steps to strengthen ties is a real statement of the value that higher education plays in international relations.'  

For further information or to speak to Vivienne Stern, Director of UUKi, or Rachael Sara-Kennedy, Head of International Partnerships, please contact Miranda Thomas on 020 7419 5457 or 


  • Universities UK International represents UK universities globally and helps them meet their international aims. We do this by actively promoting our universities abroad, providing trusted information for and about them, and create new opportunities through our ability to act at sector level. We draw on UK university expertise to influence policy in the UK and overseas, to deliver information, advice and guidance to enable collaboration with the broadest possible range of international partners for mutual benefit. In August 2016 we changed our name, from the UK HE International Unit.   

  • BEC.AR is an overseas scholarship programme in Science and Technology. Founded by the Argentinian government in 2012 it aims to contribute to the country's scientific-technologic development through the overseas training of 1,000 professionals in strategically relevant fields for the sustainable development of Argentina.  

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