Google Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

Se convocan las Becas Google dirigidas a alumnado universitario (Ciencias de la Computación, Ingeniería Informática, Informática o un campo estrechamente relacionado con la tècnica) con discapacidad ( incluyendo dislèxia, dispràxia, depresión, transtornos de ansiedad o cualquier otro problema de salud). Plazo de presentación: 1 de febrero de 2013

***Important update: Google has decided to extend the scholarship application deadline. The new deadline to submit your applications is February 8, 2013 ****

Access to knowledge is our passion. When it comes to higher education for promising scholars, we do not want anything to stand in the way. That is why we are pleased to announce the Google Europe & Israel Scholarship for Students with Disabilities. Google is committed to helping the innovators of the future make the most of their talents by providing scholarships and networking retreats for computer science students with disabilities. This scholarship aims to help dismantle barriers that keep students with disabilities from entering computing, encourage them to excel in their studies and become active role models and leaders in creating technology.

Multiple scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of candidates’ academic performance and demonstrated passion for computer science. A group of Bachelors, Masters, and PhD students will be chosen from the applicant pool. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of researchers and engineers. The scholarship recipients will each receive a EUR 7,000 (or equivalent) scholarship for the 2013/2014 academic year.

In June 2013, all scholarship recipients will be invited to visit a Google office in Europe for an all-expenses-paid networking retreat. It will include workshops with a series of speakers, panels, breakout sessions and social activities, and will provide an opportunity to meet and share experiences.

Eligibility requirements
Candidates must be:

•A student enrolled in a Bachelors, Masters or PhD programme (or equivalent) in 2013/2014.
•Enrolled at a University in Europe or in Israel. Citizens, permanent residents, and international students are eligible to apply.
•Studying Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Informatics, or a closely related technical field.
•A person with a disability, mental health or other long term health condition (including dyslexia, dyspraxia, visual impairment, hearing impairment, diabetes, epilepsy, depression, anxiety disorders, and any other physical or mental impairments or health conditions).
How to apply
***Important update: Google has decided to extend the scholarship application deadline. The new deadline to submit your applications is February 8, 2013 ****

The scholarship for 2013 is now open. The closing deadline will be 8 February 2013.

Please complete the online application and submit all requested documents by 8st February 2013. All application documents must be in English. Scholars and Finalists will be notified in April 2013.

You will be required to submit the following:

•Up-to-date copy of your CV.
•Answers to the following short essay questions (suggested word count is 400-600 words per question):
◦You should treat question 1 and 3 as technical reports or research papers):
■Describe a significant technical project you have worked on. If you have worked on a major independent research project (such as research for a Master’s or PhD programme), please describe that work here. Give an overview of the problem and your approaches to the key technical challenges. If this was a group effort, be sure to specify your individual role and contributions.
■Give one or two examples of your leadership abilities. Explain how you were influential and what you were trying to achieve. These need not be demonstrated through formal or traditional leadership roles. Feel free to think broadly and examine the many ways you impact members of your technical community.
■Suppose someone gave you the funding and resources for a 3- to 12-month project to investigate a technical topic of your choice. Write a short version of a proposal, including a description of the project, your planned methodology, and your expected results. Please pick something other than the project you described for the first question.
◦Bachelors: A copy of your current academic record.
◦Masters: A copy of your previous and current academic records.
◦Phd: A copy of your previous academic records.
•Enrollment confirmation for 2013/2014 or confirmation of graduation date
•Please include with your application an official enrollment confirmation or a confirmation of your graduation date issued by an official authority of the university e.g. your departmental administrator or a professor.
•Recommendation letters.
•Two strong referral letters from individuals who are qualified to evaluate your accomplishments, e.g. from a professor, adviser or supervisor.
Application examples: Below you’ll find two examples of applications written by former scholars. Reviewing these applications will give you a better feeling and direction how to write your own unique application. It’s important to remember that those applications are only two out of hundreds great diverse applications that are being submitted every year. These applications are given as a guideline to help you. Please do not copy the application exactly.

•Application example number 1 :
◦CV example (download here)
◦Essay examples (download here)
•Application example number 2:
◦CV example (download here)
◦Essay examples (download here)
Google works in partnership with, EmployAbility, who offers disability support, advice and guidance. To contact them call +44 7825 288 119 or email

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We look forward to receiving your application!

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