Competition for the 2020 Microsoft foreign studies Master’s scholarship

Microsoft and the Information Technology Foundation for Education hereby launch the competition for the 2020 Microsoft foreign studies Master’s scholarship

The Microsoft foreign studies Master’s scholarship aims to support the studies of a talented Master’s degree student outside of Estonia in the sciences or interdisciplinary studies provided that one level of higher education is completed in the field of IT. Having knowledge of the fields of the future in ICT, Microsoft recommends choosing one of the following: ML (Machine Learning), Big Data, AI (Artificial Intelligence), Cloud computing, Edge computing, Quantum Computing. Choosing from the above fields is certainly not obligatory and is not considered a preference or prerequisite in the selection of the scholarship recipient.

The scholarship is worth 8000 euros for the 2020/2021 academic year.

The scholarship is designed to cover the cost of tuition fees or other costs related to studies. The period of the scholarship is the 2020/2021 academic year – 10 months in total. Application is open to all Estonian citizens and foreigners living here on the basis of a permanent residence permit who have met the qualifications to enroll in Master’s studies. The employees of Microsoft and the Information Technology Foundation for Education cannot apply.

To apply for the scholarship:

  • attach your CV, which must list your contact details, including your telephone number and e-mail address (in English);
  • in  your application, describe the topic you plan to cover in your Master’s thesis or if you have not decided this, describe in general the field you are interested in (up to 1000 characters). Mark the country and/or educational institution at which you would you like to study (in English);
  • write and attach an essay on the topic “What I will be doing in five years’ time thanks to the Microsoft foreign studies scholarship” (4500-7000 characters, in English);
  • attach the full results of your studies at the last educational institution you attended (i.e. your academic record or extract of study results).

The documents for applying for the scholarship are submitted at the competition website of the Information Technology Foundation for Education

Selection of the recipient will take place in two rounds. In the first round, six applicants will be selected to continue to the interview round (second round) based on their applications, education to date, professional activities and vision of their future development. During the interview round, which will be conducted in English, one successful applicant will be chosen who will then be expected to provide confirmation of their enrolment at their preferred educational institution within one month. The scholarship agreement will only be entered into with the recipient once the recipient has enrolled in the relevant Master’s programme of the educational institution named in the official document confirming their acceptance. The scholarship will then be transferred in two parts in accordance with the terms and conditions of the scholarship agreement. The statute of the scholarship can be found on the homepage of the IT Academy.

The deadline for submission of applications is 15 June 2020. The candidates chosen to progress to the interview round will be decided within 10 business days; the time of the interview round will be announced later  (if necessary, interviews can take place via Skype).

The IT Academy is a cooperation programme of the Estonian government, universities and ICT companies, the aim of which is to ensure the necessary work force resources for the field and develop the provision of ICT education for Estonian and foreign students. The programme of the IT Academy helps to improve the quality and competitiveness of ICT higher education. The programme activities will be coordinated by the Information Technology Foundation for Education.