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ESCCOM GIRLS IN ICT SCHOLARSHIP FOR EMASWATI

Deadline: 16 January 2023


The Eswatini Communications Commission has opened applications for the 2023 Girls in ICT Scholarship for Emaswati.


Science, Technology, and Innovation are key drivers of our increasingly global and digital society. However, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) states that less than 30% of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) professionals are women. Globally, in tertiary institutions, there is approximately half the number of girls studying STEM subjects compared to boys, Eswatini is not an exception. With this inequality persisting through the 21st century, the need for diversity, equity, and inclusion of women in STEM is critical.


To this end, the Eswatini Communications Commission (ESCCOM) has initiated a ‘Girls in ICT’ Development Program, aimed at young ladies who are interested in pursuing an Information, Communications, and Technology (ICT) related profession. This scholarship is aimed at cultivating the presence and digital skills of young women and girls [aged 17-24] in the career field of STEM, particularly ICT. The program will enable young girls without the necessary economic resources, to pursue careers in the ICT space.


SCHOLARSHIP BENEFITS

  • The sponsorship will comprise of; i. Fully-funded tuition

  • Transport fees to and from, payable once every year

  • Study permit costs,where applicable

  • Medical aid, where applicable

  • Prescribed textbooks

  • Monthly personal living allowance (stipend) to cover accommodation and living expenses

  • The scholarship holder will be expected to participate in two (2) annual initiatives promoted by ESCCOM, namely the international ‘Girls in ICT’ Commemoration, and Cybersecurity Awareness Campaigns, among other initiatives.


ELIGIBILITY

The criteria for selecting potential candidates shall be based on individual merit. Students may apply for the Sponsorship if they meet the following requirements;

  • Citizen of Eswatini

  • Aged seventeen (17), or above, up to a maximum of twenty-four (24)

  • The candidate should have credited Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) related Subjects

  • Acceptance letter for an ICT-related undergraduate degree from an accredited local or South African Higher Learning Institution

  • Must be of good conduct, hardworking, and have excellent academic results

  • Involvement in extracurricular activities, such as sports, community service etc. is a plus


HOW TO APPLY

Qualifying young girls are requested to submit the following application documents to scholarship@esccom.org.sz by 17H00 on Monday, the 16th of January 2023;

  • Two (2) page letter of motivation, including educational and professional goals, and achievements

  • Statement of results

  • Conditional / Acceptance letter from an accredited Higher Learning Institution


Applications should be addressed to:

Acting Director Support Services

Eswatini Communications Commission 4th Floor, North Wing, Sibekelo Building Mhlambanyatsi Road

Mbabane


For any queries, contact ESCCOM at 24067000.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified and invited to meet the scholarship panel.


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