The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship: Asia Pacific

Dr. Anita Borg (1949–2003)

Anita Borg believed that technology affects all aspects of our economic, political, social and personal lives. A technology rebel with a cause, in her life she fought tirelessly to ensure that technology’s impact wou
ld be a positive one. It was this vision that inspired Anita in 1997 to found the Institute for Women and Technology. Today this organization continues on her legacy and bears her name, The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (


Dr. Anita Borg

Anita’s Vision

Dr. Anita Borg proposed the “50/50 by 2020” initiative, an effort to increase the percentage of women among graduates earning computing degrees to 50% by the year 2020. However, the percentage of Computer Science degrees earned by women is still far from 50% throughout the world.

As part of Google’s ongoing commitment to furthering Anita’s vision, we are pleased to announce The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship for Asia Pacific. Through the scholarship, we aim to encourage women to excel in computing and technology, and become active role models and leaders in these fields.

The Scholarship

Recipients of the Google Anita Borg Scholarship: Asia Pacific will receive a scholarship amount specific to their local region in respect to tuition. A group of female undergraduate and graduate students will be chosen from the applicant pool across Australia, China Mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia and India. Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of each candidate’s academic background and demonstrated leadership. All scholarship recipients will be invited to attend our annual Google scholars’ retreat in the Google Hyderabad Office from August 30th to September 2nd 2016. As an Anita Borg Scholar, you will participate in a unique program that includes professional development as well as outreach in your community which kicks-off at the Scholars Retreat in summer 2016.

Want to learn how the scholarship has impacted the lives of past scholars? Watch the video below:

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be a female student enrolled in undergraduate or postgraduate study in the 2016 academic year.
  • Be enrolled in a university in Asia Pacific. Citizens, permanent residents, and international students are eligible to apply.
  • Be majoring in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related technical field.
  • Exemplify leadership and demonstrate passion for increasing the involvement of women in computer science.

The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship is a global program. If you are a student who will not be enrolled at a university in Asia Pacific for the 2016 academic year, please visit the Anita Borg Scholarships Homepage to learn more about our Anita Borg Scholarship opportunities around the world.

How to apply?

Please sign in with a Google Account in the Sign In box at our online application portal and complete the required steps which include:

  • General background information (includes contact information and information about your current and intended academic for the 2016-2017 school year).
  • Current resume (Submit in the language you feel most comfortable with)
  • Academic transcripts from your current university (and prior institution if currently in graduate school).
  • Responses to three essay questions (Submit in the language you feel most comfortable with)

The Application deadline is May, 15th 2016.


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