Microsoft YouthSpark Scholarship for Women in Technologies

On August 22, 2016

Microsoft YouthSpark Scholarship for Women in Technologies

Provision of scholarships for talented female students majoring in ICT and Computer Sciences (CS)

CED recognizes that women are under-represented at all levels in the ICT sector, especially in decision-making positions. Despite some recent gains, women are still not proportionately represented among ICT professionals. The incentives to attract them to the digital economy, and their awareness of the benefits of participation in this growing and rewarding field, remain low. With the aim of providing women with digital skills and increasing their participation in ICT, and with generous support from Microsoft, CED is able to expand its long-term and successful scholarship and support programs in Vietnam to engage more young women into technical and hard science fields across Vietnam, including ICT and CS. The Microsoft YouthSpark Scholarship program aims to:

  • Provide scholarships and necessary support to 80 female students in order to enable them to obtain the career they aspire to within ICT and other technology sectors.
  • Empower women and encourage more women to engage in ICT through capacity building and communication efforts.
Ms To Kim Lien, Director of CED introduces the  Microsoft  YouthSpark Scholarship for the women in technologies

Ms To Kim Lien, Director of CED introduces the Microsoft YouthSpark Scholarship for the women in technologies

Students from computer science and IT majors from the following universities are able to apply for scholarships:

  • VNU University of Engineering and Technology (VNU-UET)
  • Hanoi University of Science & Technology
  • Da Nang University of Technology
  • Can Tho University
  • Hue University of Science
  • Hutech University of Technology (Hutech)
  • Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology
  • Ho Chi Minh City University of Information Technology

Who is eligible for a scholarship?

  • Female students who will have just been admitted, or will have advanced to second or third year in the academic year of 2016-2017, to the above-mentioned universities. Students must be majoring in Computer Science.
  • Must be talented and committed to pursuing careers and work in ICT or related technology sectors.
  • Students from disadvantaged groups or families with difficulties will be prioritized.

How to apply for scholarships:

The application package will include:

  1. Motivation letter;
  2. An essay, maximum 800 words, on one of the following topics “your dream, future plans, future career
  3. Curriculum Vitae (CV) with photos and certified by the local authorities where the students are coming from;
  4. Financial statements or status certified by the local authorities where the students’ parents reside or where they work;
  5. A copy of their household registration books and other transcripts from previous academic years.

Benefits for scholarship recipients

With financial support from Microsoft, CED will provide selected scholarship recipients with 600 USD. The scholarships for selected recipients will be paid in three installments during an academic year. Besides financial support, CED will support the organization of training programs, volunteer activities and community support.  Moreover, there will be events for the students to interact with each other and help them gain new knowledge and skills.