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New in Tech Scholarship

SheSharp’s New in Tech Scholarship Program seeks to support people of underrepresented genders transitioning into the tech industry. Whether you are in a formal program — like university or a coding bootcamp — or pursuing self-study, SheSharp wants to support you as you learn the skills you need to find that first job in the tech industry.

Eligibility

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You are an underrepresented gender in tech

The New in Tech Scholarship is open to women, non-binary, and genderqueer individuals only.

 

People who are not cis men are historically underrepresented and under-resourced in the tech industry. This scholarship seeks to close that gap and make tech a more balanced, accessible industry to all.

 

If you are a cis man, you are not eligible to apply.

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You’re not yet employed in tech

Only folks who are transitioning into their first full-time role in tech are eligible for this scholarship. If you’re already in tech and looking to deepen your skills, be on the lookout for future SheSharp giveaways!

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You are a member of the SheSharp community

The scholarship prioritizes SheSharp community members: our Slack members, social media followers, and sponsors. Not yet a member of our community? Join us at shesharp.co/slack.

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You commit to support 1 SheSharp initiative

SheSharp is a nonprofit organization that relies on volunteers to help women and non-binary people enter, stay, and grow in tech. As a scholarship recipient, we would appreciate your support with our initiatives! Examples of support include:

  • Curating resources for our Slack community

  • Writing a post about your learning journey

  • Speaking at a SheSharp event

  • Contributing to SheSharp’s open source program

How you engage with SheSharp will be discussed with the organizing team.

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You have proof of study

If you’re selected to receive the scholarship, you must provide SheSharp with proof of technical study within 3 days of selection. Examples of proof include:

  • Proof of enrollment in a coding bootcamp (e.g. Le Wagon, Flatiron School)

  • Subscription to an online learning platform (e.g. Frontend Masters, A Cloud Guru)

  • Proof of enrollment in a university course focused on technical skills (e.g. computer science degree program)

  • Learning plan or receipts for self-study materials (e.g. books, online courses)


You're currently studying or plan to in the next 3 months

Eligible applicants should either be currently enrolled in a program or learning plan, or plan to start within the next 3 months.

 

Apply to our next cohort

Spring 2022

Closed

Fall 2022

Opening October 3, 2022

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Spring 2023

Closed

Application timeline

October 3 - 
October 17

Application period is open

It's your time to apply to the Fall 2022 cohort of the New in Tech Scholarship program! In your application, we'll ask you to confirm your eligibility.

October 21

Applicants are notified of status

There will be 2 members of our Fall 2022 cohort. Winners will be notified via email, where we'll ask to confirm proof of study and arrange transfer of funds. Please note, you have 3 days to submit proof of study once you have been notified of your selection. (More information here.)

 

We'll also ask for your information so that we can celebrate you on our socials!

October 28

Public announcement of winners 🎉

We'll announce our winners on SheSharp social media (e.g. Twitter, LinkedIn, Slack), with your consent. We'll also follow up with you a few months later to hear how your studies are going, and see how you'd like to contribute back to SheSharp.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I sponsor this scholarship?

SheSharp pledges to support its community by providing resources and scholarships to help women and non-binary people enter, stay, and grow in tech. As we are completely volunteer-run, we rely on individual and company donations to fund programs like the New in Tech Scholarship.

 

If you represent a company or entity that is interested in supporting this initiative, apply on our partners page. We'd love to feature you as a sponsor on this page and elsewhere in our community!

I don’t identify as a woman, non-binary, or underrepresented gender in tech. Can I still apply?

No, this scholarship is only open to underrepresented genders at this time. We’d appreciate your support and allyship in forwarding this opportunity to others in your community that meet the scholarship eligibility criteria!

Can I be located anywhere?

Yes, applications are open to everyone around the world! SheSharp is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and will prioritize Dutch and European applicants. However, if you’re outside of Europe, you’re still encouraged to apply!

What is proof of study? How do I submit it?

To meet the "proof of study" criteria in your application, you must provide evidence of a program or learning plan towards which you wish to use the scholarship funds. You must start your studies no later than 3 months after the selection date.

 

Proof of study can be:

  • Proof of enrollment in a coding bootcamp (e.g. Le Wagon, Flatiron School)

  • Subscription to an online learning platform (e.g. Frontend Masters, A Cloud Guru)

  • Proof of enrollment in a university course focused on technical skills (e.g. computer science degree program)

  • Learning plan or receipts for self-study materials (e.g. books, online courses)

 

If you have been selected for our scholarship, you have 3 days from selection notification date to send SheSharp proof of study. Please reply to the selection email or directly email your proof of study to scholarships@shesharp.co. If we have not heard from you and/or received sufficient proof of study within that timeframe, we will have to remove you from our cohort and give the scholarship to someone else.

What constitutes an eligible self-study expense?

Self-study materials include books and online coursework. The content must be related to a technical topic, such as coding, UX/UI design, or cybersecurity. Job search resources (e.g. resume review) and study aids (e.g hardware, planning software) are not eligible for the scholarship.

What if I haven't begun self-study yet, but aspire to with the support of this scholarship?

It's not necessary to have begun self-studying yet! To meet the "proof of study" criteria in your application, you must provide a learning plan (e.g. syllabus) of self-study materials you intend to purchase in the next year. If you're chosen as our winner, we'll work with you to purchase those materials so you can start studying.

I am currently enrolled in a learning program. Can I use the scholarship funds towards my current program, even though I have already paid for it?

Yes. If you are currently studying and are chosen as our winner, you can apply your funds to either your current program or future ones: whichever you have submitted as "proof of study" in your application.

Can I use the scholarship to buy a new computer?

Hardware purchases are unfortunately out of scope for this scholarship. The funds should be aimed specifically at tuition or learning expenses.

I’ve had an internship in the tech industry, can I still apply?

Yes. If you have not had or do not currently have a full-time role in the tech industry and are studying to secure one, you are eligible to apply.