Generation Google Scholarship to Support Women in Computer Science Education
26th October 2020
Earlier this month Google opened applications for the Generation Google Scholarship for women in computer science in Ireland which will see each successful applicant being awarded €5,000 annually, for the duration of their undergraduate studies.
This is the second year of the scholarship which was previously named the Women’s Techmakers Scholarship. The aim of the programme is to further gender equality in the field of computer science in Ireland, by encouraging women to excel in computing and technology, and become active leaders and role models in the industry.
In 2019 twelve students were awarded the scholarship and are still continuing their journey in computer science education. Nutsa Chichilidze, a student of the University of Limerick received the scholarship in its inaugural year “The Generation Google scholarship has given me many invaluable opportunities, including working with a Google mentor. We have monthly calls where he shares advice and his own experiences and we have even done some mock interviews. As part of the Scholarship I have also participated in the Get Ahead Programme which has helped improve my coding skills and also connected me with students around the world. Winning the scholarship has made a real difference to my University experience and is helping me prepare for a career in tech.”
Erifeoluwa Jamgbadiand is a student from Technological University of Dublin and said of her experience “My mentor has become a vital asset to me in helping to discover more about the field of work I’m interested in and how I can pursue a career in it. Mentorship and networking have been a real benefit to me alongside some of the other aspects of the scholarship programme like Get Ahead which has helped me expand and improve my coding skills and understand how I can apply them outside of the classroom.”
Open for applications now, the Generation Google scholarship is an extension of the global programme and scholarships will be awarded based on the applicants strength of impact on diversity, demonstrated leadership and academic background.
Speaking about the programme, Jessica McCarthy, Director of Engineering at Google Ireland, said: “Google is committed to inspiring a new generation of women to begin careers in computer science and our Generation Google Scholarship programme does just that. To ensure gender equality in the Irish tech industry we need to encourage women to study in the computer science & engineering fields, offer support and mentorship to women and help foster a positive view of the working experience for women in tech. In our inaugural year our programme selected twelve women studying in computer science in Irish universities and we are pleased to announce applications are now open for this year’s scholarships. We hope that this dedicated programme in Ireland will help engage a new generation of young Irish women to continue their education and careers in tech.”
The ten Generation Google Scholars will each receive a €5,000 award for the duration of their undergraduate studies. Scholarship funds will be distributed to selected scholarship recipients, on an annual basis, for the duration of the student’s undergraduate programme for up to four years.
Those eligible to apply must be currently enrolled as a first or second year undergraduate student at a university /institute of technology in Ireland. They must intend to continue pursuing their Bachelors degree at a university/ institute of technology in Ireland for at least the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years. They must be studying computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related technical field, demonstrate a strong academic record, and exemplify leadership and show a passion for increasing the involvement of women in technology.
Those wishing to apply for the Generation Google Scholarship for women in Computer Science in Ireland, can do so by visiting the Google scholarships page. Applications will be open until Friday 4th of December 2020. For questions on the scholarship programme students can email firstname.lastname@example.org