31 January: Deadline to apply for EDF - Oracle e-Accessibility Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

EDF and Oracle offer a scholarship to a student with a disability who is currently enrolled in a high education programme in the area of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, User Experience, or related field. This includes Bachelors, Masters and PhD students. The recipient of the EDF - Oracle e-Accessibility Scholarship will receive a 7.000 € scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Scholarship will be awarded primarily based on a project or thesis in which the needs of persons with disabilities in terms of accessibility to ICT (e-Accessibility) are taken into consideration, and/or an innovative solution to enhance their access is proposed. The project must be an integral component of the educational programme undertaken by the student, e.g. final year assignment, or part of their Masters or Ph.D. The project may already be underway, or be a proposal.

The project/thesis will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • the student’s academic level;
  • the originality of the project;
  • scientific quality and respect to the state of the art;
  • how it takes into account the diverse needs of persons with disabilities;
  • its innovativeness and the contribution the project makes to advancing e-accessibility for persons with disabilities;
  • preference will be given to students studying for the whole of the 2016-2017 academic year.

Who can apply

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be a European Union (EU) citizen and resident within the EU.
  • Be enrolled at a university in the EU for the 2017-2018 academic year, including online universities based in the EU.
  • Be studying in the field of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, User Experience, or related field.
  • Maintain a strong academic record.
  • Have a disability, (see Frequently Asked Questions below for definition of disability)

Application process

Applicants will be asked to submit via online form and in accessible formats:

  • General background information (i.e. contact information and details about your current university for the 2017-2018 school year)
  • Proof of disability.
  • Executive summary of their project proposal in English from 2 to 5 pages
  • Resume/CV.
  • Academic transcripts reached so far from your current and prior institutions (if you have earned a prior degree).
  • Recommendation and feedback letter from an academic supervisor.

Applications must be submitted before 31 January 2018, using this online form.

The successful applicant will be notified by 31 March 2018.

More information and responses to Frequently Asked Questions are available here

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