In the realm of technology and computer science, opportunities for women have been historically limited. However, progressive initiatives like the Generation Google Scholarship aim to change this narrative by supporting female students pursuing careers in this dynamic field.

In this detailed guide, we delve into everything you need to know about the Generation Google Scholarship for Women in Computer Science in South Africa for the 2024-2025 academic year.

About the Bursary Provider – Google

Google, a leading multinational technology company, is at the forefront of innovation with a commitment to making information universally accessible. This ethos is extended through their educational initiatives, such as the Generation Google Scholarship, which seeks to foster leadership and diversity in the technology sector.

Generation Google Scholarship: Fields Covered

The Generation Google Scholarship for Women in Computer Science is designed to encourage and support female students across Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. This scholarship is specifically tailored for studies in:

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Closely related technical fields

Google’s initiative not only aims to assist female computer scientists in excelling in their fields but also in becoming influential leaders in technology.

Scholarship Value and Coverage

The scholarship offers a substantial financial award of €7,000 (approximately R143 000, assuming an exchange rate of R20.52/EUR). This funding is intended to cover tuition and related academic expenses.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this prestigious scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Identify as female.
  • Be a resident of any African, European, or Middle Eastern country.
  • Be enrolled full-time in a Bachelor’s program in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related field during the 2023-2024 academic year.
  • Plan to continue their studies at an accredited university in Africa, Europe, or the Middle East for the 2024-2025 academic year.
  • Exhibit a strong academic record.
  • Demonstrate leadership capabilities.
  • Show a commitment to improving diversity and representation in technology.

It is important to note that previous recipients of specific Google scholarships are not eligible to apply.

Application Process

Applications for the Generation Google Scholarship must be submitted online by 23 April 2024, or until 500 eligible applications are received, whichever comes first. Required documentation includes:

  • Background information and contact details.
  • A Curriculum Vitae highlighting leadership, extracurricular activities, and diversity efforts.
  • Academic transcripts in PDF format.
  • Responses to two essay questions designed to evaluate problem-solving abilities and dedication to diversity and equity in technology.

Essay Questions:

Responses to these 2 short essay questions (maximum 500 words each):

    • 1) Write about a time when you faced a complex problem without a clear path to a solution. Describe in detail, the steps you took to get to the solution. Include which resources and solutions you considered and what you learned from this experience. (This can be a problem you have faced at school, work, extracurricular activities or home).
    • 2) From your personal experience, describe a barrier that prevents equitable access to the field of technology. Discuss what you think is the root cause, the actions you have taken to address this inequity and actions you plan to take. Focus at least half of your response on the actions you have taken. Keep in mind that impact can happen in many ways and at different scales.

The essays ask for insights into a complex problem solved by the applicant and a personal experience addressing barriers in technology access.

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Selection and Award Process

After the application deadline, all submissions will be reviewed, and successful candidates will be selected based on their academic merits, leadership potential, and commitment to diversity and inclusion in tech. Scholarship funds will be disbursed directly to the recipients’ universities.

The Generation Google Scholarship for Women in Computer Science represents a significant opportunity for female students in South Africa and beyond to advance their education and careers in technology. This scholarship not only provides financial support but also encourages recipients to contribute to a more diverse and inclusive technology industry.