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Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities 2015

When Scholarship for the Academic Year 2015/ 2016
Scholarship Amount € 7,000 (or equivalent)
Who

Students enrolled in a Bachelors, Masters or PhD programme (or equivalent) in 2015/2016 at a European or Israeli University. Studying Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Informatics, or a closely related technical field*

* Related technical fields may include: Software Engineering,  Electrical Engineering (with a heavy computer science component)

Related technical fields do not include: Civil, Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, Management Information Systems/ IT Management

Final  Deadline Midnight Monday, 2 February 2015

Throughout January, the EmployAbility will be reviewing applications, providing feedback and the opportunity to ammend your application. We highly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible during this final month.

About the Google Europe Scholarship

Access to knowledge is Google's passion. When it comes to higher education for promising scholars, Google doesn't want anything to stand in the way. That's why Google, in partnership with EmployAbility, is proud to present the Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities. Google is committed to helping the innovators of the future make the most of their talents by providing scholarships for Computer Science students with disabilities.

Recipients of the Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities will each receive a €7,000 scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year. Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of the applicant's academic background, leadership skills and demonstrated passion for Computer Science. Full terms and conditions for this scholarship can be found here.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled at a university in Europe or Israel for the 2014/2015 academic year

  • Intend to be enrolled or accepted as a full time or part time student in a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD programme (or equivalent) at a university in Europe or Israel for the 2015/2016 academic year.

  • Citizens, permanent residents, and international students are eligible to apply.

  • Be studying computer science, or related technical degree with core computer science modules in it

  • Maintain a strong academic record (Please note that mitigating circumstances affecting your academic and work experiences can be taken into account. You should include full details about these in the spaces provided on the application form).

  • Exemplify leadership and a passion for Computer Science and technology

  • Have a disability, mental health or long term health condition (which includes dyslexia, dyspraxia, visual impairment, hearing impairment, diabetes, epilepsy, depression, anxiety disorders, and any other physical or mental impairments or health conditions).

Application Process

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application through EmployAbility which includes:

  • General background information (i.e. contact information and details about your current and intended universities for the 2015-2016 school year)
  • Resume/CV
  • Academic transcripts from your current and prior institutions (if you have earned a prior degree)
  • A reference letter from a professor, instructor, adviser or supervisor
  • Responses to essay questions. The questions in full and some further guidance can be found here.

Recipients will be selected based on the overall strength of their essays and application materials compared to the entire applicant pool.

Further Information

  • Please see below a link to a Google Hangout on Air session created especially to help you make an effective application: In this 30 min Hangout on Air Emea Scholarships session you can find general tips on what Google look for when reviewing applications, answering questions about the application process. The tips were given by a panel of former scholar recipients finalists who currently work at Google and senior judges who sit on the application review committee. View the session by clicking this link.

  • As part of the application you will be expected to write 3 short essays of 400-600 words each on your interest on computer science, about a technical project/research assignment you were involved and on a time you exhibited leadership. You will also be asked to complete a non-assessed fourth question regarding the current representation of disabled students studying computer science related degrees. It is highly recommended that you use as close to the full allocation of 600 words as possible and try to use specific examples which are supported by evidence. The questions in full and some further guidance can be found here. Please note that the word limit applies to the text entered into the online application form which may not correspond exactly to the word count of other word-processors such as Microsoft Word.

  • For your essay on the technical project/research assignment you can include additional material, such as graphs, diagrams, algorithms, sections of code etc. to support your arguments, but these will need to be saved in individual files which you will upload along with your CV/resume. If you wish to include any such supporting documentation, please reference them in your essay in the appropriate place with the file name written in square brackets, for example [MyGraph1].

  • In order to help you tailor your own CV/resume for the scholarship application we have provided two examples of a resume written by former scholars.

            Application example resume #1
            Application example resume #2

Any queries? Connect with us on Twitter, #googlescholarship, and at our dedicated EmployAbility Scholarships Facebook Page. We will also be posting application tips and posting answers to FAQs on this page, so be sure to take a look and 'like'!

How to apply

Click the ‘apply now’ button below!

Please note that candidates should apply via EmployAbility’s site. You will not be able to apply directly via Google.

Should you wish to discuss any aspect of the application process with EmployAbility, including mitigating circumstances which have affected your academic and/or work experiences, please contact us at googlescholarship@employ-ability.org.uk or Rebecca on +44 (0)7766 363666.

This programme is now closed for applications.

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