Google’s Women Techmakers programmes have made a mark for women in tech across the globe by providing visibility, community and resources for them to excel.
And indeed, Cambodia is no stranger to Women Techmakers’ fruitful efforts with their annual Women Techmakers event in the Kingdom. This year saw the event’s first Hackathon taking place alongside their all-women panel discussion.
And now in May, Women Techmakers are striking back with another programme to aid budding female tech players – the Women Techmakers’ Scholars Program!
Formerly known as the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Program, this scholarship aims to create gender equality in the field of computer science by encouraging women to excel and become active leaders and role models in the field.
This program was started in honor of Dr. Anita Borg, who dedicated her adult life to breaking down barriers that kept women and minorities from entering the tech scene.
With this programme created in honor of a great woman, it is naturally great in its elements. All scholars, chosen from a pool of female graduate and undergraduate applications, will each receive a cash award for the 2017-2018 academic year. Applicants are selected based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership and strength of candidate’s impact on the community of women in tech.
All scholarship recipients will be invited to attend the annual Women Techmakers Scholars’ Retreat in one of Google’s Asia Pacific offices in 2017, presenting the golden opportunity to connect with fellow scholars and Google mentors.
Scholars will also be given the chance to participate in professional, personal development trainings and workshops that will be offered after the retreat. They will then join a long-term community of other fellow scholars, granting them access to an online network and forum where they can share resources, support the global community of female techies and collaborate on projects to make continued impact.
Eligible applicants must:
- Identify as female
- Currently be enrolled at an accredited university for the 2017-2018 academic year
- Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time or part-time student in a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD program at a university in Asia Pacific for the 2017-2018 academic year
- Be studying computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related technical field
- Demonstrate a strong academic record
- Exemplify leadership and demonstrate passion for increasing the involvement of women in computer science
Thus far, two dynamic Khmer women, Sok Sikieng and Pichleap Sok, have joined the community of Women Techmakers scholars for the Asia Pacific region in 2011 and 2013 respectively. You can be next to join this prestigious list of scholars!
All you have to do for your application is to have:
- Your general background information (includes contact information and information about your current and intended institutions)
- Current resume
- Academic transcripts from your current and prior institutions (if you have earned a prior degree)
- Responses to four essay questions
Geeks in Cambodia definitely hopes to see the number of Cambodians increasing on their list of scholars, and truly believe that the budding females in our tech scene definitely have what it takes. With May 22 fast approaching, be sure to secure all necessary application documents and give this application your best shot!