31 May 2013
“Her capacity to mix technical expertise and a relentless vision inspired, motivated and moved women to embrace technology instead of avoiding or ignoring it.”
Dr. Anita Borg (1949–2003)
Anita Borg believed that technology affects all aspects of our economic, political, social and personal lives. A technology rebel with a cause, in her life she fought tirelessly to ensure that technology’s impact would be a positive one. It was this vision that inspired Anita in 1997 to found the Institute for Women and Technology. Today this organization continues on her legacy and bears her name, The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (www.anitaborg.org).
The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship: Asia-Pacific (APAC)
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-Pacific (APAC). 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 across Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia and India. Each scholarship recipient will receive a scholarship amount specific to their local region in respect to tuition.
All scholarship recipients will be invited to visit a Google office in Sydney, Australia 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.
- 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, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and India. 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.
Please complete the online application and submit all required documents online by 31st of May, 2013. 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
- Bachelor’s: A copy of your current academic record
- Master’s and PhD: A copy of your previous and current academic records
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, 2013.
- Answers to three short essay questions (suggested word count is 400-600 words per question)
- Describe a significant computer science 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 your approaches to the key technical challenges. If this was a group effort, be sure to specify your individual role and contributions.
- Give an example(s) of a situation(s) where you significantly demonstrated your leadership abilities. Explain what you set out to achieve and how you went about it. What was the outcome of your efforts? These need not be demonstrated through formal or traditional leadership roles. Feel free to think broadly and examine the many ways you impact members of your technical community.
- Have you thought of the next big product/technology to revolutionize the market as we know it? Write out a business proposal to a Venture Capitalist, including a description of the product/technology, your planned methodology to develop it to bring it to the consumer market and the expected positive impact on people's lives.
About the Scholars’ Retreat
All scholarship recipients will be invited to an expenses paid retreat held in Sydney, Australia in September. In addition to free time for sightseeing and socializing, the formal part of the retreat typically includes:
- Welcome meal and tour of Google;
- Informal ice breaker activities and introductions;
- Introduction to the Anita Borg Institute and the scholarship program;
- Personal insights, technical talks, and workshops.
We look forward to receiving your application!