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Posted at: Mar 7, 2018, 12:34 AM; last updated: Mar 7, 2018, 12:34 AM (IST)SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP

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Jincy Chacko

We say women today are empowered. What is empowerment? It’s the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights. A pretty impressive number is surely living this definition but, the majority still has a lot of ground to cover. Grim statistics of women workforce in India reveal that they must continue with their walk to make their proportion from one-third to 50 per cent in every available industry. Governments, corporates and organisations have extended a helping hand to help women avail of opportunities to excel in their respective career field.  Mettle is motivated morally, as well, as financially; in the form of scholarships, which are available round the year. Here are some women-specific scholarships:

Women's Cyber Security Scholarships

This scholarship call is declared open in March for women candidates intending to do graduation or post- graduation degree in cybersecurity and information assurance. The offer of up to $40,000 is offered that enables them to be future information security professionals.

Bat and Ball Game Women's Sports Scholarship 

This scholarship is open till May 30, 2018, calling out to female athletes who have studied sports science, physiotherapy, sports management, physical education, sports psychology, nutrition, rehabilitation or any sports related degree. The athlete will be awarded $1000.

Women Scholarship for Peace

United Nation for Disarmament Affairs gives financial support, tuition and travel covering all costs of registration and participation at training courses to women for participation in practical aspects of disarmament, non-proliferation and development-related issues. This scholarship is declared open during August month of every year.

Fair and Lovely Foundation Scholarships

Every year in the month of November Fair and Lovely announces scholarships for graduation to post-graduation degree programme for female students from all across India by backing them financially with Rs 50,000 for all the streams.  The invite also attends students taking help from coaching classes for various entrance examinations.

Indo-US Fellowship for Women in STEMM 

The government of India and Indo-US Science & Technology Forum offers airfare, health insurance, contingency grant along with a monthly stipend of $3,000  to women holding PhD degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine around February month for study in various proposed areas of sciences. 

Prabha Dutt Fellowship

This fellowship is declared open every year at the end of each year for women journalists to do research on topics of contemporary relevance. The fellowship offers a grant of Rs 1lakh.

Women Scientists Scheme-C (WOS-C)

Beginning of each year Department of Science and Technology invites women scientists of science, engineering and technology background. The call offers a stipend of Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 p.m. for training in the protection of intellectual property, science, engineering, medicine and allied sciences. 

Adobe Research Women-in-Technology Scholarship

Every year during the months of September-October Adobe looks for female students in the field of technology to create gender equality in science and engineering domain. Full-time undergraduate students can make the most of the opportunity that provides impressive profile generation opportunity.

L'Oréal India for Young Women in Science Scholarship 

Under-graduate female students of science background who find hard pursuing their education out of financial constraint can apply for this scholarship during the month of June-July that covers their tuition fee of graduation programme. 

IIE &WeTech Goldman Sachs Scholars Programme For Women

Goldman Sachs in association with the Institute of International Education looks for women in the second or third year of graduation in engineering, computer science or ICT. One can apply for this in the month of May. The scxholarship provides tuition fee coverage of up to $1500. Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship/ Women Techmakers Scholars Programme Google grants tuition and education-related expenses under this call to female students enrolled in under-graduation, post-graduation or doctoral programme during the month of May, who demonstrates strong academic record in the technical field of computer science, computer engineering or related courses. 

Women Scientists Scheme (WOS-A)

Department of Science and Technology supports women by providing this impressive fellowship that amounts Rs 30,000 to Rs 55,000 p.m. to women scientists and technologists who are having abreak in their career pertaining to motherhood or family responsibilities. Doctorate degree holder in medical, basic or applied sciences can make the most of the invite at the end of every year.

Said Business School Scholarships for Women 

During the month of May-June, Oxford University frisks for brilliant minds for their management programmes which are designed to increase the flow of talented women into senior roles in the industry. They offer up to 50 per cent tuition fee waiver. 

Women as Cyber Leaders Scholarship 

£6,500 towards tuition fees is offered for MSc Cyber Defence and Information Assurance by Cranfield University, UK for women to support their part-time study in the same. The last date to submit the application is June 30, 2018. The real joy will be when there won’t be a need for women to prove their worth; the day, when society perceives women the other half, and not the second sex. It will take time for our society to reach there, till then, opportunities are there for those who seek them, and there are already in ample for women.

— The writer is media executive


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