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Intel Women in Technology Scholarship Now Open

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Intel Women in Technology Scholarship Now Open


Wednesday, March 08, 2017 




Intel Women in Technology Scholarship Now Open

The Intel Women in Technology Scholarship is now accepting applications. 

Closing date for the programme is October 2nd 2017.

Intel’s success in Ireland has been built on the quality of highly skilled and educated people available in the country. Through the ‘Women in Technology’ scholarship program, Intel hopes to increase awareness and encourage a new generation of high-achieving women to take up the challenge of a career in science and technology.

Intel works closely with local schools and colleges to help ensure that our educational system continues to produce the exceptional quality of graduates that has helped to make Intel in Ireland so successful.

With that in mind, Intel is pleased to this year continue, and indeed grow, the Women in Technology scholarship program for females who have just embarked on third level education.

  • Scholarships are open to female school leavers entering specified undergraduate honors degree courses in science, technology, and engineering (full selection criteria is included below) and up to €3000 for each student per annum.
  • Scholars will complete intern placements or summer internships at an Intel campus.
    (The scholarship program is supported by Intel in Leixlip, Shannon, and Cork and successful scholars are linked to an Intel campus based on their course selection and geographical location).
  • To assist with career progression and further education, each scholar will be assigned an Intel mentor who can assist and provide advice on managing their academic career.

Full criteria for selection available here

Applicants are welcome to apply prior to completing their Leaving Cert (based on CAO submission) or after CAO offers are made in August.

Apply here now.

Dates to Remember
WIT Scholarship online application window opens: March 6th 2017 
WIT Scholarship online application window closes: October 2nd 2017 
Interviews: October 2017 
WIT Scholarship Recipients announced: Early November 2017