Call Opens for KMi’s Annual Summer Scholarship for people from Black, Asian or Minority backgrounds

KMi are inviting applications for our Summer Scholarship 2021. This is an exciting opportunity for 16 to 20-year-olds from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds to discover what it’s like to be a computer scientist. Successful candidates will receive a grant to carry out a short computer science project in KMi, lasting up to 6 weeks during June-August. The project may be conducted online, at the Open University campus or through a combination of both. While we appreciate applicants with existing computing skills, not all of our scholarship projects will require prior knowledge of programming. We value and promote theoretical diversity in computing.

Among the visitors who come to KMi each summer, there has been an under-representation of visitors from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic Background. We aim to ensure consistent representation through this annual scholarship and create greater awareness of computer science research in not-yet-reached communities.

What does a Scholarship from KMi offer?

Taking part in a project will enhance employability, develop computer science skills and/or provide a social benefit. Applications must be in by midnight on 6th April. 

An award winner will carry out their project under the mentorship of KMi Academic Researchers and/or PhD Students. These are five listed KMi topics available:

  • Robot Assistants in the Wild
  • Identifying bias in mainstream news sources
  • Modern Day Mind Control.. Can we use sensors to help learn to control the flow of blood to our brains?
  • Misogynoir: Intersectionality in Online Abuse
  • Benchmarking environmental sensors

If you are interested in applying, please contact us by 20th April. You will then be able to speak with one of the supervisors, who will give more information and support with developing your project proposal and application.

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