Google Europe Students with Disabilities Scholarship

  • Overview

    At Google, we believe information should be universally accessible. We are also committed to helping the innovators of the future make the most of their talents by providing scholarships for computer science students with disabilities. As part of our commitment, we've partnered with EmployAbility, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting students with disabilities while they pursue education and promising careers.

    Eligibility

    • Applicants must be university students studying computer science, computer engineering, informatics, or a closely related technical field at a university in Europe or Israel with a disability.

    • Applicants must be enrolled as full-time or part-time students for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    • Applicants must intend to be enrolled or accepted as a full-time student at a university in Europe for the 2019-2020 academic year

    • Applicants must maintain a strong academic record

    • Applicants must exemplify leadership and a passion for Computer Science and technology

    • Google employees are not eligible to apply for Google scholarships.

    • Applicants must be 18 year of age or older as of 17th September 2018.

    • Persons who are (1) residents of embargoed countries, (2) ordinarily residents in embargoed countries, or (3) otherwise prohibited by applicable export controls and sanctions programs are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.

    How to enter

    No purchase necessary to enter or win. To enter, applicants are required to complete the online application form and provide any supplementary information and/or documentation as may be requested from time to time.

    Application period

    The application process will remain open until 6th December, 2018 at 11:59 pm GMT.

  • Terms & Conditions

    Selection process

    • Each application will be evaluated and scored based on the following criteria: (i) demonstration of passion to computer science; (ii) academic merit; and (iii) demonstration of leadership skills (the “Criteria”).

    • Each application that meets the Criteria will be reviewed by Google in accordance with the Criteria by an internal panel of Google judges, and the best 10 applications (as assessed by the panel of judges in their sole discretion against the Criteria) will be successful.

    • Notification of successful applicants will take place by no later than June 2018 at the email address provided at the time of application. Notification is subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with the terms and conditions set forth herein. Successful applicants will be required to accept the scholarship terms within 14 days of notification by Google. If successful applicants fail to accept within 14 days, the scholarship payment will be forfeited and Google may, in its sole discretion, select an alternative successful applicant.

    Privacy

    • Applicants agree that any Personal Information collected in connection with the online application form may be used by Google for purposes of processing applications for the Students with Disabilities Scholarship and analysis of program productivity. Additionally, applicants agree that this Personal Information may be shared with Google’s partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, successors, licensees and assigns for the purposes of organising and administering the Scholarship. The term “Personal Information” as used herein means first name, surname, address, telephone number, email address and any other information applicants provide to Google in connection with the application. All Personal Information that is collected from the applicant is subject to Google’s Privacy Policy. Applicants acknowledge that Google may transfer any of the applicants Personal Information outside of the European Economic Area. Applicants further understand that they may be contacted by Google in relation to internships, full-time job opportunities, and other university programmes communication should they opt-in to receive them.

    • Successful applicants agree that Google may, from time to time, use their name and/or refer to their university in Google’s promotional materials relating to future scholarship programs.

    Taxes

    • The successful applicants are responsible for ensuring that they comply with all the applicable tax Laws and filing requirements. To the extent permitted by applicable Law, all taxes imposed on scholarship payments are the sole responsibility of the successful applicants. All scholarship payments shall be net of any taxes Google is required by Law to withhold. Awards of the scholarship payments to successful applicants may be (at Google’s sole discretion) subject to the express requirement that they submit to Google all documentation that may be requested by Google from time to time to permit it to comply with all applicable tax reporting. In order to receive a scholarship payment successful applicants may be (at Google’s sole discretion) required to submit tax documentation requested by Google or otherwise required by applicable Law, to Google or a representative for Google or the relevant tax authority, all as determined by applicable Law. If a successful applicant fails to provide such documentation (where required) or comply with such Laws, the scholarship payment may be forfeited and Google may, in its sole discretion, select an alternative successful applicant.

    Not an offer or contract of employment

    • Under no circumstances shall the submission of a scholarship application or the awarding of a scholarship payment be construed as an offer or contract of employment with Google. Applicants acknowledge that they submit their application voluntarily and not in confidence or in trust. Applicants acknowledge that no confidential, fiduciary, agency or other relationship or implied-in-fact contract now exists between applicant and Google and that no such relationship is established by applicants acceptance of these terms and conditions.

    Prize

    • The 10 best applications, as assessed in accordance with the Criteria above shall be selected to receive the scholarship payment of €7,000 (issued in the form of bank transfer) to be spent on tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment required for the applicants' classes at their primary university.
  • FAQs

    Eligibility

    What characterizes a disability? Disability is defined as a long-term or recurring issue that impacts one or more major activities that others may consider a daily function. This definition also includes the perception among others that a disability exists.

    Can international students apply? If you are currently studying at a university in Europe and meet our criteria for scholarship eligibility, you can apply. Persons who are (1) residents of embargoed countries, (2) ordinarily resident in embargoed countries, or (3) otherwise prohibited by applicable export controls and sanctions programs may not participate in the scholarship.

    A bachelors or a masters degree does not exist in my country. Can I apply? We are aware that some countries do not offer a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree (e.g. “Civilingenjör Datateknik” in Sweden, “Diplomstudiengang Informatik” in Germany, etc.). When completing the online application form, please select the degree which most closely mirrors your level.

    Can scholarship finalists re-apply? Finalists can re-apply. Previous recipients of Google scholarships are not eligible to reapply.

    I do not have a computer science or computer engineering major. Can I apply? The Scholarship for Students with Disabilities is dedicated to supporting students who are studying Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or majoring in a closely related technical field which contains at least three of the following computer science core courses: Algorithms, Coding, Data Structures, and Operating Systems.

    Does this scholarship allow for distance/online study? Yes, as long as it's from an accredited university and you are getting your Bachelor's, Master's or PhD.

    Application process

    How do I apply? We do not have a physical application form. Please complete the online application. If you are a first time user, you will need to register. If you are already registered, simply log in. You will also be asked to submit electronic versions of your CV, essay responses, transcripts, and the name and email of your reference. Please scan your transcripts into electronic format (PDF format preferred).

    Can I send my application packet by regular mail? No, all supporting documents will be submitted in electronic format through the online application form.

    Which format should I use to submit my documents in? All applications should be submitted in PDF, Google Docs, or .doc format. We are unable to accept applications which are not submitted in these formats.

    How will I know if my application has been received? You will receive an email notification once your application is complete and has been submitted online.

    The application deadline is 1st December. When on the 1st? The deadline is 1st December 2017, 11:59 pm GMT.

    Can I submit my application in a language other than English? All Google Scholarship for Students with Disabilities review processes are administered in English. Please submit all application documents in English — we will not be able to consider applications in other languages at this time.

    If I am selected, how will the funds be distributed to me? Google will distribute the scholarship funds directly to you, to use towards tuition and education-related expenses.

    Transcripts and CV

    Do I need to submit an official copy of transcripts? We require all applicants to provide official transcripts.

    What characterizes an official copy of transcripts? Official transcripts are documents that are authorized and issued by your university and demonstrate your academic performance. The official transcript should include an account of your grades and an explanation of the grading scale at your university. If you still have not received last semester’s grades, please submit the most updated transcripts you have.

    How can I provide an English translation of my transcripts when my university does not issue English transcripts? Please upload the original, non-English transcripts as well as your English translation of your transcripts. Please have your translation confirmed by an official authority of the university such as the Dean or Provost.

    I'm in the first year of my degree and so have yet to complete my first year exams and have no academic record for this course. What should I do? In this instance, the academic records from your most recent, highest form of education can be used (i.e. high School academic records).

    As a PhD student I do not have transcripts. What should I do? PhD students should upload transcripts from their bachelor’s and master’s degrees instead.

    How can I demonstrate an excellent academic record, if a first-class honours degree or a ranking system does not exist at my university? We are aware that in some countries an excellent academic record is difficult to prove. We are looking for applicants who have an outstanding academic performance within their university. Good examples include students who are teaching assistants, participating in research internships, etc.

    What type of leadership activities should I include on my CV? Please list any examples of leadership within your wider technology community. This might include teaching, tutoring, lecturing, mentoring, organizing summits, conferences or workshops, supporting other disabled students in the field, or contributing to open source projects. Tell us about the impact you’ve made in your community.

    Essay

    In the essay questions, you suggested the number of words should be 400-600 per question. How strict is this requirement? Whilst 400-600 is only a guideline, we recommend you stick as closely to the word limit as possible.

    Recommendation letter

    How can I submit my recommendation letters? The recommendation letter will be submitted directly by your reference. You have to enter the name and email of your reference into the online application. Your reference will receive an email generated by the online application including further instructions about how he/she can upload the recommendation letter to the online application. It’s important that the recommendation letter is submitted by 1st December 2017.

    I'm unable to get a recommendation from my current university course/I don't feel my current lecturers know me well enough to be my reference. What should I do? If you're unable to get a reference from your current university, you can use somebody else. This person should know you well enough to comment on your abilities. Ideally from a member of faculty or a tutor who can comment on your work.

    Internships

    How do I apply for an internship? The selection process for the scholarship will be separate from any internship or full-time position. If you are interested in an internship position with us, please indicate your interest in the online application or visit the Google Students site

    Other questions If you didn't find the answer you need on the Scholarship page or in these FAQs, please email googlescholarship@employ-ability.org.uk

  • Tips

    Resume Tips & Tricks

    Google's Virtual Career Fair resume video

    Google "Applying to Google" article

    Technical Essay Tips & Tricks

    There are many ways to write a technical essay, though typically your essay should address the following:

    • A brief overview of the problem
    • Your approach to the key technical challenges
    • How you solved the problem
    • Impact/conclusions

    Please find below technical essay examples from previous years. Please note, the examples provided are only guidelines. Example 1, Example 2

  • Past Winners

    Previous scholars

    The Google Scholarship for Students with Disabilities was first launched in 2009 in the United States and Canada. In 2010, the program successfully expanded to Europe.

    Google is proud to recognize the alumni of the Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities.

    The 2017 Scholarship Recipients

    • Eitan Levin, Technion Institute of Technology, Israel
    • David John Neill, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
    • Ion-Dorinel Filip, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania
    • Anthony Omiunu, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany
    • Shoval Lagziel, Technion Institute of Technology, Israel
    • Aleksandr Mylnikov, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
    • Fatima Majid, Kristianstad University, Sweden
    • Davide Costanzi, University of Verona, Italy
    • Nikita Hari, University of Cambridge, UK
    • Naomi Saphra, The University of Edinburgh, UK

    The 2016 Scholarship Recipients

    • Muratcan Çiçek, Ozyegin University, Turkey
    • Tim Dettmers, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
    • Cristina Isabel Font, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
    • Massimo Giordano, University of Trento, Italy
    • Hannah Evans, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
    • Jakub Tomek, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
    • Jens Heuschkel, TU Darmstadt, Germany
    • Dmitri Katz, Open University, United Kingdom
    • Trung Hieu Nguyen, Aalto University, Finland

    The 2015 Scholarship Recipients

    • Alexandra Tzilivaki, IMBB FORTH and University of Crete, Greece
    • Benno Ommerborn, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
    • Anna Kuosmanen, University in Helsinki, Finland
    • Daniel Hershcovich, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
    • Tania Bailoni, University of Trento, Italy
    • Yael Hirshovitz-Shieber, Amsterdam University College, Netherlands
    • Hrayr Harutyunyan, Yerevan State University, Armenia
    • Rachael Botham, University of Bath, United Kingdom
    • Robin Thompson, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
    • Cătălina Mărănduc, Al. I. Cuza University, Romania

    The 2014 Scholarship Recipients

    • Tomer Ashur, KU Leuven, Belgium
    • Zafeirios Fountas, Imperial College London, UK
    • Cristian Hanca, West University of Timisoara, Romania
    • Tim in 't Veld, University of Utrecht, Netherlands
    • Reuben Kirkham, Newcastle University, UK
    • Thomas Ladyman, University of Southampton, UK
    • Mark Pavlyukovskyy, University of Oxford, UK
    • Mikhail Sbitnev, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
    • Nathan Schagen, Vrije Universiteit, Netherlands, Finland
    • Azra Tayyebi, University of Eastern Finland

    The 2013 Scholarship Recipients

    • Miles Aubert, University Of Reading, United Kingdom
    • Martin Dráb, Charles University, Czech Republic
    • Valentin Dobre, Polytechnic University Of Bucharest, Romania
    • Klaus Enzensperger, FH Kempten, Germany
    • Bilal Hussain, University Of St Andrews, United Kingdom
    • Balazs Kormanyos, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
    • Toby Moncaster, University Of Cambridge, United Kingdom
    • Aron Ocsvari, Eotvos Lorand Tudomanyegyetem, Hungary
    • Lukasz Olejnik, INRIA, Genoble, France
    • Zaid Abassi, Technion Institute Of Technology, Israel

    The 2013 Scholarship Finalists*

    • Tom Crowley, City University Of London, United Kingdom
    • Sam Heather, University Of York, United Kingdom
    • Kamil Przekwas, University College London, United Kingdom
    • Kacper Sokol, University Of Bristol, United Kingdom
    • Timo Schneider, Swiss Federal Institute Of Technology, Switzerland

    The 2012 Scholarship Recipients

    • Joey Angeren, Utrecht University, Netherlands
    • William Gatens, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
    • Franziska Huth, Saarland University, Germany
    • Katherine Leonard, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
    • Denis (Donnacha) McCarthy, University College Cork, Ireland
    • Davide Mulfari, University of Messina, Italy
    • Pawel Orzechowski, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
    • Martin Pistorius, University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
    • Selvakumar Ramachandran, University of Roma Tor Vergata, Italy
    • Marian Rusu, University of Bacau, Romania

    The 2011 Scholarship Recipients

    • Aurora Constantini, The University Of Edinburgh, United
    • Celine Moret, University Of Geneva, Switzerland
    • Lewis McLean, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
    • Max Hinne, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
    • Nicolas Bellm, Heidelberg University, Germany
    • Peter Gatens, University Of Liverpool, United Kingdom
    • Peter Weller, Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom
    • Polina Proutskova Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom
    • Sophie Kershaw, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
    • Thomas Hennigan, University Of Southampton, United Kingdom

    Google Scholars’ Retreat 2010, 28th – 30th June 2010, Zurich, Switzerland

    The 2010 Scholarship Recipients

    • Andrei George Petraru, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania
    • Conrad, Technische Universität München, Germany
    • Dave Todd, University of Ulster, UK
    • Fabio De Dominicis, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
    • Igor Gonopolskiy, Ben Gurion University, Israel
    • Jordi Sanchez-Riera, INRIA Grenoble Rhône-Alpes, France
    • Wanda Diaz-Merced, University of Glasgow, UK

    *2013 is the only year finalists were awarded

  • Profiles

    Meet some of the previous recipients of the Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities:

    Details here.