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The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship: Asia

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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 would 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

The Scholarship

Dr. Anita Borg devoted her adult life to revolutionising the way we think about technology and dismantling barriers that keep women and minorities from entering computing and technology fields. Her combination of technical expertise and fearless vision continues to inspire and motivate countless women to become active participants and leaders in creating technology.

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

Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of candidates’ academic background and demonstrated leadership. A group of female undergraduate and graduate student finalists will be chosen from the applicant pool. Each scholarship recipient will receive a $3500 scholarship. In addition all finalists and scholarship recipients will be invited to visit Google’s Engineering Center in Korea for a networking retreat. It will include workshops with a series of speakers, panels, breakout sessions and social activities, and will provide an opportunity for all finalists to meet and share their experiences.

Who can apply?

Applicants must satisfy all of the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Be a female student enrolled in full-time undergraduate or postgraduate study at an university
  • Be enrolled at an University in any of the following countries: Korea, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam. Citizens, permanent residents, and international students are eligible to apply.
  • Be studying Computer Science, Software Engineering, or a closely related technical field.
  • Maintain an excellent academic record

How to apply

​Please complete the online application and submit all required documents online between April 1st to June 1st, 2010. First-time users will be required to register and create an account.

  • your contact information and education history
  • your resume – with leadership, work, education, and technical accomplishments included
  • a copy of your transcripts
    • Bachelor’s: A copy of your current academic record
    • Master’s and PhD: A copy of your previous and current academic records
  • two letters of recommendation
  • answers to three short essay questions
    • Describe a significant technical project you have worked on. If you have worked on a major independent research project (such as research for a graduate program), please describe that work here. Give an overview of the problem and explain how you approached key technical challenges. If the project was team-based, be sure to specify your individual role and contributions.
    • Give one or two examples of how you have exhibited leadership. Explain how you were influential and what you were trying to achieve. These need not be demonstrated through formal or traditional leadership roles. You can use recent examples of leadership in your technical community, from your time at university (or within the last ~3 or so years), in an extracurricular activity or in the broader community.
    • Anita Borg proposed the “50/50 by 2020” initiative, so that women earning computing degrees would be 50% of the graduates by year 2020. However, the percentage of computer science degrees earned by women is still far from 50% throughout the world. What might you propose that could be implemented by a school, the government, an organization, or a private company to reverse the trend? Short of getting to 50/50 by 2020, how would you measure the success of your program?

​For specific questions not answered on this page or in the FAQ section, please e-mail The subject field of your email must include “Anita Borg Question”.

About the Finalists’ Retreat

Scholarship finalists and scholars are invited to an expenses paid retreat held in Korea in early August. In addition to free time for sightseeing and socializing, the formal part of the retreat typically includes:

  • Welcome meal and tour of Google;
  • Informal ice breaker activities and introductions;
  • Introduction to the Anita Borg Institute and the scholarship program;
  • Personal insights, technical talks, and workshops.

​We look forward to receiving your application!



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