Google The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship: EMEA

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Eligibility

  2. Who can apply?
  3. Can international students apply?
  4. A bachelors or a masters degree does not exist in my country. Can I apply?
  5. Can former finalists re-apply?
  6. I do not have a Computer Science or Computer Engineering major. Can I apply?
  7. Does this scholarship allow for distance/online study?

    Application process

  8. How do I apply?
  9. Can I send my application packet by regular mail?
  10. Which format should I use to submit my documents in?
  11. How will I know if my application has been received?
  12. What time is the application deadline on 31st December?
  13. Can I submit my application in a language other than English?
  14. If I am selected, how will the funds be distributed to me?

    Transcripts & CV

  15. Do I need to submit an official copy of transcripts?
  16. What characterizes an official copy of transcripts?
  17. How can I provide an English translation of my transcripts when my university does not issue English transcripts?
  18. I'm in the first year of my degree and so have yet to complete my first year exams and have no academic record for this course. What should I do?
  19. As a PhD student I do not have transcripts. What should I do?
  20. How can I demonstrate an excellent academic record, if a first-class honours degree or a ranking system does not exist at my university?
  21. What type of leadership activities should I include on my CV?

    Essay

  22. In the essay questions, you suggested the number of words should be 400-600 per question. How strict is this requirement?

    Recommendation letters

  23. How can I submit the recommendation letters?
  24. I'm unable to get a recommendation from my current university course/I don't feel my current lecturers know me well enough to be my reference. What should I do?

    Internships

  25. How do I apply for an internship?
  26. Other questions

Who can apply?

This scholarship is dedicated to supporting those who identify as female. For more information on our other scholarship programs, please visit google.com/edu/scholarships.

Can international students apply?

If you are currently studying at a university in Europe, the Middle East or Africa and meet our criteria for scholarship eligibility, you can apply. Persons who are (1) residents of embargoed countries, (2) ordinarily resident in embargoed countries, or (3) otherwise prohibited by applicable export controls and sanctions programs may not participate in the scholarship.

A bachelors or a masters degree does not exist in my country. Can I apply?

We are aware that some countries do not offer a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree (e.g. “Civilingenjör Datateknik” in Sweden, “Diplomstudiengang Informatik” in Germany, etc.). When completing the online application form, please select the degree which most closely mirrors your level.

Can former finalists re-apply?

Finalists can re-apply. Previous recipients of Google scholarships are not eligible to reapply.

I do not have a Computer Science or Computer Engineering major. Can I apply?

The Anita Borg Scholarship is dedicated to supporting students who are studying Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or majoring in a closely related technical field.

Does this scholarship allow for distance/online study?

Yes, as long as it's from an accredited university and you are getting your Bachelor's, Master's or PhD.

How do I apply?

We do not have a physical application form. Please complete the online application. If you are a first time user, you will need to register. If you are already registered, simply log in. You will also be asked to submit electronic versions of your CV, essay responses, transcripts, and name and email address of your reference. Please scan your transcripts into electronic format (PDF format preferred).

Can I send my application packet by regular mail?

No, all supporting documents will be submitted in electronic format through the online application form.

Which format should I use to submit my documents in?

All applications should be submitted in PDF, Google Docs or .doc format. We are unable to accept applications which are not submitted in these formats.

How will I know if my application has been received?

You will receive an email notification once your application is complete and has been submitted online.

What time is the application deadline on 31st December?

The deadline is 31st December 2015, 17:00 GMT.

Can I submit my application in a language other than English?

All Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship review processes are administered in English. Please submit all application documents in English, we will not be able to consider applications in other languages at this time.

If I am selected, how will the funds be distributed to me?

Google will distribute the scholarship funds directly to you, to use towards tuition and education-related expenses.

Do I need to submit an official copy of transcripts?

We require all applicants to provide official transcripts.

What characterizes an official copy of transcripts?

Official transcripts are documents that are authorized and issued by your university and demonstrate your academic performance. The official transcript should include an account of your grades and an explanation of the grading scale at your university. If you still have not received last semester’s grades, please submit the most updated transcripts you have.

How can I provide an English translation of my transcripts when my university does not issue English transcripts?

Please upload the original, non-English transcripts as well as your English translation of your transcripts. Please have your translation confirmed by an official authority of the university such as the Dean or Provost.

I'm in the first year of my degree and so have yet to complete my first year exams and have no academic record for this course. What should I do?

In this instance, the academic records from your most recent, highest form of education can be used. E.g High School academic records.

As a PhD student I do not have transcripts. What should I do?

PhD students should upload transcripts from their bachelor’s and master’s degrees instead.

How can I demonstrate an excellent academic record, if a first-class honours degree or a ranking system does not exist at my university?

We are aware that in some countries an excellent academic record is difficult to prove. We are looking for applicants who have an outstanding academic performance within their university. Good examples include students who are teaching assistants, participating in research internships, etc.

What type of leadership activities should I include on my CV?

Please list any examples of leadership within your wider technology community. This might include teaching, tutoring, lecturing, mentoring, organizing summits, conferences or workshops, supporting women or girls in the field, introducing new ideas to do with women in computer science, or contributing to open source projects. Tell us about the impact you’ve made in your community.

In the essay questions, you suggested the number of words should be 400-600 per question. How strict is this requirement?

Whilst 400-600 is only a guideline, we recommend you stick as closely to the word limit as possible.

How can I submit the recommendation letters?

The recommendation letter will be submitted directly by your reference. You have to enter the name and email of your reference into the online application. Your reference will receive an email generated by the online application including further instructions about how he/she can upload the recommendation letter to the online application. It’s important that the recommendation letter is submitted by 22nd January, 2016.

I'm unable to get a recommendation from my current university course/I don't feel my current lecturers know me well enough to be my reference. What should I do?

If you're unable to get a reference from your current university, you can use somebody else. This person should know you well enough to comment on your abilities. Ideally from a member of faculty or a tutor who can comment on your work.

How do I apply for an internship?

The selection process for the scholarship will be separate from any internship or full-time position. If you are interested in an internship position with us, please indicate your interest in the online application or visit the Google Students site.

Other questions

If you didn't find the answer you need on the Scholarship page or in these FAQs, please email anitaborgscholars-emea@google.com

Please also review the Terms and Conditions of the scholarship.

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