Microsoft Research established the Graduate Women’s Scholarship in the hopes to increase the female presence in the information technology (IT) industry. These scholarships offer support to women in their second year of graduate studies. The scholarships include a $15,000 stipend, along with a $2,000 bonus to allow for conference and travel arrangements. The money offered by these scholarships also helps women gain visibility within their departments, help get them mentorship opportunities, and cover other graduate program expenses.
There were 13 recipients of the 2015 Graduate Women’s Scholarship from colleges and universities across the US. In addition to the Graduate Women’s Scholarship, Microsoft Research also supports the NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology) Academic Alliance Seed Fund which provides US colleges and universities with money (up to $15,000 per project) to create and maintain programs for women in computer science and IT fields of study.
In addition to these scholarships, Microsoft Research supports the NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund, which provides U.S. academic institutions with funds (up to $15,000 per project) to develop and put into action programs for enlisting and maintaining women in computer science and IT projects. Hopefully, with the help of Microsoft Research, we will see more women create more innovation and discovery in the world of computer science and IT.
For more information on and how to apply to the Microsoft Research’s Graduate Women’s Scholarship and the NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund, please visit the links below.