What is this scholarship about?
This is a scholarship that will support university students in making the world a more sustainable place using technology and who are passionate about the field of computer science and engineering. Students who are already using computer science to develop solutions for some of the challenges, or opportunities, that they see around them are invited to apply for the Venkat Panchapakesan Memorial Scholarship.
Can international students apply?
This scholarship is exclusively for Computer Science students who are enrolled as an undergraduate student in a
college/university in India, for the current academic year.
Can previous scholarship applicants re-apply?
Previous applicants can re-apply. Previous recipients of any Google scholarships are not eligible to reapply, including
the Venkat Panchapakesan Memorial Scholarship, are not eligible to apply.
Application and Essay Documents
How do I send in my application?
You will need to fill out the application form once it is live on the website.
What format should my resume be in?
You will need to upload a google doc or .doc format of your resume to Google drive. Be sure to include your experience in the area of computer science, and your leadership experiences and the impact you have created. Please ensure that you name the file with the naming convention and make sure you share it with "anyone with the link". For details on how to upload and share your files to "anyone with the link" look at the links below:
Which format should I use to submit my documents in?
All applications should be submitted in Google Docs, or .doc format. We are unable to accept applications that are not submitted in these formats.
Will there be an extension in the deadline for submission?
No, there will be no extensions on the application deadline. Please refer to the site for details on the last date of
Can I submit my application in a language other than English?
All Google Scholarship review processes are administered in English. Please submit all application documents in English — we will not be able to consider applications in other languages.
What type of leadership activities should I include on my CV?
Please list any examples of leadership within your wider technology community. This might include teaching, tutoring, lecturing, mentoring, organizing summits, conferences or workshops, hackathons, or contributing to open source projects. Tell us about the impact you’ve made.
In the essay questions, you suggested the number of words should be 400 per question. How strict is this requirement?
Whilst 400 is a guideline, we recommend you stick as closely to the word limit as possible.
When will I need to provide my recommendation letter?
Only selected scholars will need to submit a recommendation letter. This will be required before the retreat in October 2022. The Venkat Scholarship Team will provide more guidance to selected scholars once they are announced.
How can I submit my recommendation letter?
We require you to submit one letter of recommendation. The letter can be from your faculty or supervisors at your workplace (internship, part-time job, full-time job). If you are selected as a Venkat Scholar, you will be required to send the recommendation via email to the Venkat Scholarship Team before the retreat date.
I'm unable to get a recommendation from my current university course/I don't feel my current lecturers know me well enough to be my reference. What should I do?
If you're unable to get a reference from your current university, you can use somebody else. This person should know you well enough to comment on your abilities. Ideally from a member of faculty or a tutor who can comment on your work.
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