The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Anita Borg (1949–2003)
Anita Borg (1949–2003) 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 (http://www.anitaborg.org).
Dr. 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.
As part of Google’s ongoing commitment to furthering Anita’s vision, we are pleased to announce The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Through the scholarship, we aim to encourage women to excel in computing and technology, and become active role models and leaders in this field.
Art der Förderung
Google Anita Borg Scholarship recipients will each receive a € 7,000 (or equivalent) award for the 2017-2018 academic year. A group of female undergraduate and graduate students will be chosen from the applicant pool, and scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of each candidate's academic background, passion for increasing the involvement of women in computer science, and demonstrated leadership. As an Anita Borg Scholar, you will participate in a unique program that includes professional development as well as outreach in your community which kicks-off at the Scholars Retreat in summer 2016. Some sample porjects from the program so far include:
- A short video on “Why Informatics is cool” to motivate high school students to study Computer Science
- A program "Code Goddess" in Israel to teach middle school girls how to build their first app
- A 'Women in Computer Science' society to provide a platform for women to meet and share information at University of Cape Town, South Africa
- An international mentorship program called "Learn IT, Girl!" in Romania
- Multilingual web platform to teach high-school girls how to create apps/websites (which was promoted by scholars at the womENcourage and Grace Hopper conferences in 2015)
To be eligible to apply, applicants must:
- Be a female student currently enrolled at a university for the 2017-2018 academic year
- Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student in a Bachelor's, Master's or PhD program at a university in Europe, the Middle East or Africa for the 2016-2017 academic year
- Be studying Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Informatics or a closely related technical ﬁeld
- Maintain a strong academic record
Please complete the online application and submit all requested documents. All application documents must be in English.
- Allgemeine Förderung (Lebenshaltungskosten)
- Sach- und Reisekosten
- Ideelle Förderung
- Mathematik, Naturwissenschaften: Informatik