Deadline: January 1, 2015
Google is currently accepting applications for its Europe Scholarships for students with disabilities. Disability is deﬁned as a long-term or recurring issue that impacts one or more major activities that others may consider a daily function. This definition also includes the perception among others that a disability exists, This could include dyslexia, dyspraxia, Aspergers Syndrome, or any learning disability; sight or hearing loss; a physical or mobility difficulty; a health condition such as epilepsy, cancer, diabetes, heart disease; mental health conditions such as depression, bi-polar, anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorders. This scholarship is tenable for Masters, Bachelors or PhD at any University in Europe. 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. As part of commitment, they have partnered with Employ ability, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting students with disabilities while they pursue education and promising careers.
Applicants must meet the following requirements for eligibility. Applicants must be
- Be currently enrolled at a university in Europe for the 2014-2015 academic year
- Intend to be enrolled or accepted as a full-time student in a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD program at a university in Europe for the 2015-2016 academic year
- Be studying Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Informatics, or a closely related technical ﬁeld
- Maintain a strong academic record
- Exemplify leadership and a passion for Computer Science and technology
- Have a disability
How to Apply
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 (See sample resumes from previous scholars)
- 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
Essay Questions includes
- Why did you first become interested in computer science? How did this lead you to further study/pursue computer science and what do you hope to accomplish with your degree/knowledge?
- Please write an essay on a technical project that you took part in, or on a piece of research that you undertook, where your contribution and involvement was key to its success.
- Please give us 1-2 examples of a time when you exhibited leadership. Explain what you were trying to achieve and how you were influential. Examine the ways you had an effect on the members of the broader community, such as your technical community, or your university.
- Based on your experience/observation at your university, what percentage of students studying Computer Science have a disability or a long-term health condition?What is your university doing to encourage disabled students to select technical degrees?What cultural factors in your country influence fewer disabled students to select technical degrees?If you were the Head of the Computer Science department at your university, what initiatives would you implement to reverse the trend and increase the involvement of disabled students in Computer Science?
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