Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship Grants 2021/2022
You have the opportunity to be sponsored by one of the giant companies in the world! Mind-Blowing!
In this article, I am going to walk you through the scholarship opportunity being sponsored by Microsoft.
Yes, that Microsoft.
Large, successful and computer-based companies like Microsoft are always on the prowl for outstanding students in the field of computing and this time, in recognition of the diversity and gender equality movement, Microsoft is offering a female, gender-specific scholarship opportunity for postgraduate students either in Canada or US, to apply for this scholarship.
You know, right now I’m regretting not studying a computer-based subject because not only would you be funded by Microsoft, but you would also be invited to the headquarters for a physical summit!
That’s a computer geek’s dream come true!
Read on, I would explain more about this physical meeting under the value of the scholarship.
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Value of Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship Grants:
Apart from the monetary sponsorship, if you are selected for this scholarship, you would receive an invitation to the PhD Summit which is a two-day workshop in the fall hosted by Microsoft Research where eligible candidates will meet with Microsoft researchers and other top students to share their research.
I should have studied computer engineering, but no worries, as long as I am providing you with this opportunity, I am satisfied.
For the monetary part of this scholarship, The 2021 Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant candidates will receive funding up to USD 25,000 for the academic year 2021-22 to help them complete research as part of their doctoral thesis work.
That is a lot of money. Frankly, this is an opportunity that — if you are eligible— you should not miss.
However, this scholarship covers for just one year and does not extend throughout your year of study.
Plus, it is only for female students in the various fields of computing, so, no men. Whatever course you wish to study, as long as it is under the faculty of computing, you can apply for this scholarship.
Moreover, if you are selected, the award money would be paid directly to your university and you would be given evidence according to the university’s policy.
Now, let’s head over and know if you are actually eligible for this once in a lifetime opportunity or not.
Eligibility For Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship Grants:
Like most giant companies, Microsoft actively seeks to foster greater levels of diversity in our workforce and our pipeline of future researchers.
It believes that education and intellectual ability are not restricted to one gender, therefore inviting all eligible candidates to come forward and apply for this scholarship.
- The candidate must be a female PhD student.
- The candidate must be schooling in a recognised university in either the United States or Canada.
- As this scholarship is majorly for students nearing the end of their education in their various universities, Microsoft has demanded that the students must be in their fourth year or beyond of a PhD program as of the proposal deadline and must have started their PhD in September 2017 or earlier to be considered in their fourth year of the program having taken into account transfers, approved leaves of absence, etc.
- You must be identifying as an African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, LGBTQI+, and/or person with a disability.
About Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship Grants:
Most of the time, the students that graduate, if they price themselves to be exceptional students can be retained by Microsoft.
However, the main purpose of this opportunity is for students at universities in the United States and Canada, who are underrepresented in the field of computing and pursuing research aligned to the research areas carried out by researchers at Microsoft.
Microsoft recognizes the value of diversity in computing. It is on a self-imposed mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.
Even with its staff, there
is rich in diversity and in a bid to continuously spread positive variety, The Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant aims to increase the pipeline of diverse talent receiving advanced degrees in computing-related fields by providing a research funding opportunity for doctoral students who are underrepresented in the field of computing.
Therefore, aspiring candidates should be people who see, recognise and support diversity in computing and embrace opportunities to foster diverse and inclusive cultures within their communities.
Application Deadline For Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship Grants;
The eligible Doctoral students enrolled in their fourth year or beyond of PhD studies and who are underrepresented in the field of computing must submit their proposal directly.
Proposals and letters of recommendation are accepted by Monday, March 22, 2021, at Noon Pacific Daylight Time.
The selected candidates for this award are announced by June 30, 2021.
Just a little side note, as you know, this scholarship is going to be awarded in 2022 and as much as Microsoft hopes to hold the Research Summit in person, candidates should bear in mind that the effects of Microsoft will continue to monitor local and national health and safety guidance and may hold a completely virtual event if advisable.
This scholarship also has strict rules, it can not be postponed however, in a situation of emergency and you require time away for family or medical leave, this will be accommodated.
But if you are unsure if a particular need for time away will affect the award, are to contact your sponsors at Microsoft Research Grants (email@example.com).
In addition, Microsoft will decide how to disburse the scholarship found if, in a situation of transfer, graduation, change of course or misconduct, Microsoft Research Grants would make the dole decision of funds after its withdrawal.
Yes, you can lose your scholarship found through misconduct in the form of discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment), plagiarism and other unsavoury activities.
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But if you have any general questions, who am I to say no to answering them?