It is widely known that women are underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, both in the academic world and in the market place.
Some initiatives, from the private sector, independent institutions and universities, try to tackle the gender gap in the STEM industry by providing financial support for women who show a passion for the hard sciences.
Project Ada has selected seven funding opportunities that are or will be open soon for submissions in the UK and abroad. If you are a woman in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, you may be eligible to one of these scholarships and grants:
1. Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is aimed to fund female students in the areas of computer science, computer engineering, informatics or a closely related technical ﬁeld. In the 2015-2016 academic year, the program awarded a € 7,000 award for the year.
Winners are awarded scholarships based on the strength of each candidate’s academic background, passion for increasing the involvement of women in computer science, and demonstrated leadership.
Award: a € 7,000 award for the year
Requirements: to apply it is necessary to 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.
Application date: open in Autumn 2015
More details: http://www.google.com/anitaborg
2. Most promising female applicant (STEM courses)
This generous scholarship by Bournemouth University, of a £9,000 tuition fee waiver, will be awarded to the most promising UK female applicant applying for a full-time undergraduate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) course offered at BU.
Award: a £9,000 tuition fee waiver
Requirements: Be a female applicant for a full-time STEM subject undergraduate course delivered at Bournemouth University
Application date: close by 31 August 2015.
More details: http://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/futurestudents/undergraduate/funding/vc-scholarship-stem.html
3. Level Up
If you are looking for an opportunity to study in the US, this might be a good one. Level up fellowship is targeted for individuals from low-income backgrounds who have shown a passion for technology and a strong commitment to build a career in tech.
To apply, the candidate has to be referred by one of the following institutions: YerUp, Women Who Code, Npower, Per Scholas and Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS).
Requirements: The program is for candidates accepted into Web Development Immersive (WDI) and User Design Experience Immersive (UXDI) courses in in New York City, San Francisco, or Washington DC.
Next deadline: 29 April for WDI in New York. 29 April for UXDI in NYC, SF and DC.
More details: https://generalassemb.ly/opportunity-fund/fellowships/level-up
4. Top entrepreneurship program with Draper University
The programme offers a seven-week Silicon Valley live-in entrepreneurship program for entrepreneurs aged 18-28 from all over the world.
The university has created more than 100 startups that have raised more than US$ 10 million, funded by investors including Marc Andreessen, Tim Draper, and Marc Benioff.
Award: The university provides one US$ 5.000 scholarship for women in STEM and one full scholarship for Women Who Code members.
Requirements: be an entrepreneur aged 18-28.
Application date: the second round for applications closes 1 May.
More details: http://draperuniversity.com
5. Delphix Technology Scholarship for Women
Delphix, the software company based in Palo Alto, California (US), is hosting a coding competition to get more women inside the company. The initiative is to help company to create a more diverse team. As the company says:
“At Delphix we believe that the best products are built by a diverse team of great engineers.”
Award: the winner receives $5,000 to be used toward tuition fee
Requirements: full-time college students pursuing a technical degree like computer science, mathematics, information technology, applied mathematics, electrical engineering etc in the US.
Application date: open from June 1, 2015 until November 15, 2015. Winner will be announced on December 11, 2015.
More details: http://scholarship.delphix.com
6. Conference: Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
Grace Hopper Celebration is awarding scholarships for its conference, the world’s largest technical conference for women in computing. The event is on Oct 14-16th, 2015 in Houston, Texas.
Undergraduate, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from around the world are encouraged to apply.
Award: The GHC Scholarship Grants for students typically cover all expenses for attending the conferencing including conference registration, meals, lodging, and fixed amount of travel reimbursement funds.
Application date: close on Wednesday, April 15th
More details: http://anitaborg.org/awards-grants/ghc-scholarship-grants/
7. The Anita Borg Systers Pass-It-On (PIO) Awards
This award provides small grants for women over 18. According to the organisation, the awards “honour Anita Borg’s desire to create a network of women technologists helping one another”.
The cash awards are intended as a means for women established in technological fields to support women seeking their place in the fields of technology. The program is called “Pass-It-On” because it comes with the moral obligation to “pass on” the benefits gained from the award.
Awards: open to women in all countries and range from US$ 500 to US$ 1000.
Requirements: any woman over 18 years old in or aspiring to be in the fields of computing can apply. Click here for details of projects accepted for grants.
Application date: 22 April 2015.