Are you interested in learning what technology nowadays can do? Perhaps you’re also interested in being part of technology’s development? If you are, computer science may be the perfect major for you to undertake in higher education. In this article, you will find a brief explanation of what computer science is and the scholarships that you can consider to apply for, in case you need financial support for your studies at a higher institution in another country.
What is Computer Science?
Computer science is the study of processes that interact with data and that can be represented as data in the form of programs. It enables the use of algorithms to manipulate, store, and communicate digital information. Computer science majors studies the theory of computation and the practice of designing software systems.
According to the Computer Sciences Accreditation Board (CSAB), the four areas that are considered crucial to the discipline of computer science are: theory of computation, algorithms and data structure, programming methodology and languages, and computer elements and architecture. In addition to these four areas, CSAB also identifies fields such as software engineering, artificial intelligence, computer networking and communication, database systems, parallel computation, distributed computation, human-computer interaction, computer graphics, operating systems, and numerical and symbolic computation as being important areas of computer science.
Common computer science careers include:
- IT consultant
- Cyber security consultant
- Information systems manager
- Database administrator
- Multimedia programmer
- Systems analyst
- Games developer
- Technical writer
Scholarships for Computer Science Students
Are you currently seeking for a scholarship to support your study in computer science abroad? Below is a list of computer science scholarships for international students that are available for application in 2019.
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) College Scholarship Program: Merit-based scholarships for full-time students who are deaf or hard of hearing to study an undergraduate degree at a mainstream college or university. a limited number or scholarships are also available for students pursuing a graduate degree. Open to students from both within and outside the US.
Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship: Scholarships for disabled high school seniors from any country to study an undergraduate program in a US university or technical college. You must have passion in technology, show financial need and declare a major in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, law, business, or a related subject.
Google Lime Scholarship Program: Scholarships for disabled students fro any country to study at any level at a Canadian or US university. You must be studying a computer science or computer engineering degree, or a degree in a closely related technical field.
Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities: Scholarships for students who are either currently enrolled or intend to be enrolled in a European university as a full-time bachelor’s, master’s or PhD student. You must be studying computer science, computer engineering, informatics, or a closely related technical subject.
Microsoft Tuition Scholarship Program: STEM scholarships for students pursuing degrees in computer science as well as other STEM-related subjects at undergraduate level in the United States, Canada or Mexico. Priority will be given to underrepresented students.
Microsoft Diversity Conference Scholarship: Scholarship available to full-time bachelor’s, master’s and PhD program students at a four-year college or university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico, to attend a Diversity Conference. The scholarship includes paid registration to one of the conferences as well as travel, hotel, and meal stipend of $1,200 USD.
Iflexion Scholarship: A scholarship worth up to $1,000 for college seniors, undergraduates or postgraduates to study in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or the EU.
QMUL Science and Engineering Excellence Scholarships: Merit-based scholarships open to undergraduate students studying within the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London.
Royal Holloway, University of London Donald Davies Computer Science Scholarships: All new undergraduate applicants for computer science degrees at the University will be considered for this merit-based scholarship. the scholarships are worth ₤1,000 in the first year of study, and can be renewed at a rate of ₤500 in the second, third and fourth year of study.
University of Birmingham Scholarships: Computer science scholarships for students studying at all levels in the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham.
Undergraduate Scholarships: The international scholarships for undergraduate studies are the Achievement Scholarship (worth 1,500 GBP) and the Excellence Scholarship (an additional 1,500 GBP).
PhD Scholarships in Computer Science: A fully-funded studentship, which includes a tax-free Doctoral Stipend of 15,009 GBP (subject to inflationary variation) per annum, available for UK/EU and international students on the Joint PhD program between the School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham and the University of Melbourne.
University of Bristol Barry Thomas Scholarship in Computer Science: Computer science scholarships for outstanding first-year international students studying in the UK at the University of Bristol.
Think Big International Foundation Program Scholarship: Ten scholarships worth ₤5,000 each, for overseas students who have applied to start a one-year International Foundation Programme (IFP) at the University of Bristol in September 2019. The awards can only be used as fee waivers towards the cost of tuition fees.
Aviva Scholarship at the University of Bristol: Ten scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students at the University of Bristol, worth 20% of tuition fees. Eligible students are those who are from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore. You must be an Aviva customer in Asia and have applied to study your chosen undergraduate or postgraduate program at Bristol starting September 2019.
The Beacon Trust Scholarship at the University of Bristol: Financial support for students from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to study an undergraduate program at a world-class school or university. The funding will be provided for the duration of the undergraduate program. It covers two-thirds of the combined cost of tuition fees, living costs and one return economy airfare. The program also includes leadership training and development, an Away and Home Country Mentor network, and a goal-setting performance management system.
University of Edinburgh Master’s Scholarship in High Performance Computing: Merit-based scholarships available to students studying High Performance Computing (with or without Data Science) at the University of Edinburgh in UK.
Informatics Global PhD Scholarships at The University of Edinburgh: Scholarships for student of all nationalities who are planning to start a PhD in the School of Informatics at The University of Edinburgh. Scholars will receive full financial support for the duration of their PhD studies, for up to 3.5 years. This will include full funding of all tuition fees (including overseas if applicable), a stipend of ₤15,226 per year, and an additional research support fund of ₤2,000 per year for the first three years (this can be used for a variety of purposes approved by the student’s supervisor including, but not restricted to, purchase of a laptop, attending conferences where the student represents a paper, specialist software or equipment).
John Fisher High Performance Computing (HPC) Scholarships: Two master’s scholarships, each valued of 50% of the applicant’s tuition fee rate, tenable for one academic year for full-time students or for the prescribed period for part-time students at the University of Edinburgh. The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit to students of all nationalities who are accepted for admission for the MSc in HPC or the MSc in HPC with Data Science.
University of York Department of Computer Science Postgraduate Scholarships: Merit-based scholarships for UK, EU and international students studying at the University of York in postgraduate coursework level.
ExCEL Computing Scholarships: Scholarships for computer science students enrolled at an accredited university, particularly Loyola University Chicago, in the US. The scholarship awards are in the amount of at least $5,000 per year (subject to financial need). Graduate students will also receive 9 credits of tuition remission, valued at over $8,000. Undergraduates may apply for renewal throughout their senior year, subject to availability of funds and other selection criteria.
HENAAC Scholars Program: Engineering and computer science scholarships for Hispanic students enrolled on an undergraduate technical degree.
The University of Wollongong PhD Scholarship: Two Australian Research Council (ARC) PhD Scholarship available at the University of Wollongong, for prospective applicants who are interested to study a research doctorate degree in Computer Science, specializing in autonomous agent and multi-agent systems, agent-based coordination, negotiation, learning, and agent-based modeling and simulation. The value of these scholarships are AUD$24,653 (per annum) each. These scholarships are paid fortnightly for the period of 3 years with an option for a 6 month extension. Both domestic and international prospective students are welcome to apply.
Monash University Women in Information Technology Scholarships: All female information technology undergraduate students are automatically considered for a scholarship.
Palantir Scholarships for Women in Technology: International scholarships for women in computer science and other STEM-related subjects.
The Google Anita Borg Scholarship: Google-funded international scholarships for women in computer science pursuing degrees in technology and computing at undergraduate and graduate level at a university in Europe, the Middle East or Africa.
VIP Women in Technology Scholarship (WITS): US scholarships for women in computer science studying for a degree in the fields of IT, computer science, management information systems and related fields. Open to US residents and international students.
Microsoft Dissertation Grant Program: Microsoft scholarships for female students (or another group underrepresented in computing) to study a PhD in the field of computing, at an eligible university in the US or Canada.