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7 grants to close the gender gap in STEM

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Women are a minority when it comes to technology. Aware of the gender gap in the sector, companies, schools and nonprofit organizations are partnering to offer scholarships to women as a way to boost diversity and female representation in the STEM industry.

Project Ada has done a roundup of scholarships and grants that are accepting applications in the next months for women interested from learning the basics of programming to specializing in data science and engineering.   

Women Who Code + Hackbright Academy

WWC and the engineering school for women Hackbright Academy have partnered to offer scholarships to the course Introduction to Programming. The 12-week programme is an introduction for beginners who want to learn to code and to explore software engineering. The scholarship covers the US$3,000 course tuition fee.

Where: San Francisco, US
Deadline: June 15th
How to apply: fill in this form  

Atlassian Scholarship

This scholarship is offered by both software company Atlassian and coding school Galvanize. They are both offering four $5,000 scholarships to the Galvanize Full Stack Web Development program dedicated to Black, Latina, and Indigenous women who want to build their technical skills. Open to residents outside the U.S.

Where: Austin (Texas) or San Francisco (California)
Deadline: applications due 3 weeks before course start date. Drop an e-mail to admissions@galvanize.com for more details
How to apply: fill in this form

IBM Women in Data Science Award

The scholarship is dedicated to women applying to or who have been accepted to the courses Galvanize Data Science, Galvanize Data Engineering, or GalvanizeU Masters of Science in Data Science at the US-based coding school Galvanize. In partnership with IBM, $150,000 will be made available in tuition assistance for female data scientists and data engineers. Courses start in August and September, depending on location.

Where: Austin, Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, Phoenix, San Francisco and Seattle
Deadline: applications due 3 weeks before course start date
How to apply: fill in this form 

ThoughtWorks scholarship

This scholarship aims to teach women how to code in 12 weeks. The sponsorship is being offered by ThoughtWorks in partnership with Makers Academy. The full 16-week programme costs £8,000 but is free to the six winners of the scholarship. Applicants will need to commit three months full time to the course from either 15th August 2016 or 26th September 2016. There is the potential of a position at ThoughtWorks at the end of the programme.

Where: London, UK
How to apply: applicants can register their interest at this link 

try! Swift conference

This scholarship to the New York conference try! Swift is being offered to underrepresented groups in the tech industry, including women. The financial aid is being sponsored by Instagram, Meetup, Twitter, Technically Speaking, and Swift Studies. The candidates must be able to attend the conference on September 1st and 2nd. The scholarship covers the conference ticket. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided to all conference attendees during the conference. It doesn’t cover travel expenses.

Where: New York City
Deadline: June 17th
How to apply: fill in this form 

Google Travel and Conference Grants

This scholarship by Google aims to encourage attendance to conferences in Computer Sciences and related fields by underrepresented groups in the technology industry, including women. The grant, provided to North American and European residents, provides free conference registration to selected candidates. North Americans residents will also receive US$500 post-conference reimbursement to retroactively be used toward airfare and accommodation costs. European residents will receive up to €1,000 towards travel and accommodation costs. Grants for Europe are exclusively dedicated to women in technology.

Where: North America and Europe
Deadline: list of deadlines for North America is here and for Europe is here
How to apply: North Americans fill in this form | Europeans fill in this one

2016 Grace Hopper conference

Google is offering grants to the 2016 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference taking place in Houston, Texas from October 19 – 21, 2016. The sponsorship is for students and industry professionals from North America. Grants include conference registration, round trip flight to Houston, arranged hotel accommodations from October 18-22, US$75 reimbursement for miscellaneous travel costs and a social event with fellow travel grant recipients.

Where: Houston, Texas
Deadline: July 10th
How to apply: fill in this form
*Residents from outside North America can apply for grants to the GHC conference here

Picture credits to “© European Union 2013 – European Parliament“.

7 scholarships and grants for women in tech

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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 detailshttp://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 detailshttp://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.

(Featured image: Anita Borg (January 17, 1949 – April 6, 2003), American computer scientist. Photo by Ignite. Also, woman making it rain by expresscredit.)

4 tips to get you started with coding

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It has been said that learning to code will be as crucial as being literate in the near future.

While there is a debate if that is true or pure exaggeration, more and more jobs in the media industry are demanding coding skills and more people are trying to push themselves to learn simpler languages such as HTML and CSS.

The question many beginners have is: where to start? Project Ada had a chat with Alison Benjamin, a web developer at the Frontline Club, who got into programming mainly by teaching herself.

“I have a non-traditional tech background; I did my BA in Arts and focused on information systems during my masters in Library and Information Science, but a lot of things were self-taught. I was lucky enough to have people all around me that would help me to learn,” she says.

Alison Benjamin, web developer at the Frontline Club

Alison Benjamin, web developer at the Frontline Club

 

At the end of her masters at the University of Toronto, Benjamin got Google Summer of Code grants in 2010 and 2011.

In 2012, she left Canada to take up a job at the Frontline Club, where she is responsible for developing the Frontline Club’s Web properties and its digital strategy.

If you are interested in learning to code, but have no clue where to start, here are her tips to break into the world of programming:

 

 

Teach yourself online

“There a lot of resources online. MIT OpenCourseWare puts university-level computer science classes online. Codecademy and Code School are aimed at beginners and deliver lessons via a game-like pedagogy. It is like learning languages.”

Go out and meet people

“Going to places like Hacks/ Hackers and asking questions is good. You might approach people and say ‘I’d like to contribute to these projects, my skills are A, B and C and I would like to learn X, Y and Z’. There are many people willing to talk about their experience in development, in journalism or in both. That may be a way forward.”

Start a website

“Do pragmatic things like building a website. Start doing your own maps and graphs, put your work on the web on platforms such as GitHub and see if that works for you.”

Use your spare time to learn something new

“In my spare time I do a couple of development projects. At the moment, I am interested in D3. This is a really popular JavaScript library that allows you to visualize data using SVG, JavaScript, HTML and CSS. It is extremely powerful and you can make visualisations with CSV spreadsheets or geographical data as a source. You can build everything, from charts to animations.

“The great thing about D3 is the rich community behind it. People post the code and datasets behind their projects on GitHub and in gists. You see something and think ‘this is a cool project. How did they get here?’ and you can go and see what is behind the visualisation.”