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The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship: Asia

The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship: Asia
Closing Date
3 June 2012

The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship: Asia

Scholarship Opportunity for Computer Science Female Students (Undergraduate Or Postgraduate) offered by Google.

Dr. Anita Borg devoted her adult life to revolutionising the way we think about technology and dismantling barriers that keep women and minorities from entering computing and technology fields. Her combination of technical expertise and fearless vision continues to inspire and motivate countless women to become active participants and leaders in creating technology.

As part of Google’s ongoing commitment to furthering Anita’s vision, we are pleased to announce The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship: Asia. Through the scholarship, we aim to encourage women to excel in computing and technology, and become active role models and leaders.

Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of candidates’ academic performance, leadership experience and demonstrated passion for computer science. A group of female Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD students will be chosen from the applicant pool. Each scholarship recipient will receive a $3,500 (or equivalent) scholarship.

All scholarship recipients and finalists will be invited to a local Google office. In addition, all scholarship recipients will be invited to visit a Google office in Singapore for a networking retreat. It will include workshops with a series of speakers, panels, breakout sessions and social activities, and will provide an opportunity to meet and share experiences.

Further details on how to apply is available on the website link below but as a guide, interested candidates must follow the instruction below:-

Eligibility requirements
Applicants must:

  • Be a female student enrolled in full-time undergraduate or postgraduate study at an university.
  • Be enrolled at a University in any of the following countries: Korea, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam. Citizens, permanent residents, and international students are eligible to apply.
  • Be studying Computer Science, Software Engineering, or a closely related technical field.
  • Maintain an excellent academic record.

How to apply
Please complete the online application and submit all required documents online by June 3, 2012. First-time users will be required to register and create an account. You will be asked to submit electronic versions of the following:

  • Resume – with education, work and technical accomplishments included
  • Transcripts
    • Bachelor’s: A copy of your current academic record
    • Master’s and PhD: A copy of your previous and current academic records
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • The letters should be written by individuals who are qualified to evaluate your academic and leadership accomplishments, e.g. from a professor, adviser or supervisor. You will be asked for the name and contact information for each of your references when you complete the online application. Each contact you enter will receive an email generated by the online application including instructions on how to submit their letter electronically. The deadline for your references to complete the letter of recommendation is June 10, 2012.
  • Answers to three short essay questions (suggested word count is 400-600 words per question)
    • Describe a significant technical project you have worked on. If you have worked on a major independent research project (such as research for a graduate program), please describe that work here. Give an overview of the problem and explain how you approached key technical challenges. If the project was team-based, be sure to specify your individual role and contributions.
    • Give one or two examples of how you have exhibited leadership. Explain how you were influential and what you were trying to achieve. These need not be demonstrated through formal or traditional leadership roles. You can use recent examples of leadership in your technical community, from your time at university (or within the last ~3 or so years), in an extracurricular activity or in the broader community.
    • Anita Borg proposed the "50/50 by 2020" initiative, so that women earning computing degrees would be 50% of the graduates by year 2020. However, the percentage of computer science degrees earned by women is still far from 50% throughout the world. What might you propose that could be implemented by a school, the government, an organization, or a private company to reverse the trend? Short of getting to 50/50 by 2020, how would you measure the success of your program?

For specific questions not answered on this page or in the FAQ section, please e-mail [email protected] The subject field of your email must include “Anita Borg Question”.