The IEEE International Symposium on Women in Services Computing (WISC) 2022 will be awarding a total of 12 scholarships, as we continue our mission to support women pursuing technical educations. Candidates must be attending an accredited engineering or computer science institution. Both graduate and undergraduate students are eligible for the scholarships, excluding past awardees.

The IEEE WISC Scholarship Program started in 2021 as a cornerstone of our commitment to growing the technical community of women in services computing all over the world. The scholarship program is sponsored jointly by IEEE World Congress on Services (SERVICES), IEEE Technical Community on Services Computing (TCSVC), and CCF (China Computer Federation) Technical Committee on Service Computing (TCSC). 2021 awardees and their respective acceptance speech videos (hosted by the YouTube channel of IEEE Computer Society) are available at the URLs below:



We will begin accepting applications on April 15, 2022.
Application Packet

Please carefully review the information below for application details. Applications will only be considered if all the materials are complete and submitted to: wiscscholarship@gmail.com by the June 15 deadline.


If you have any questions or concerns, please email wiscscholarship@gmail.com


April 15, 2022: Scholarship Application Process Opens
June 15, 2022: Scholarship Applications DEADLINE
July 7, 2022: Award Notifications
July 12: Awardee announcement at the IEEE WISC symposium


  • Name and contact information of student (including email, phone and home address)
  • Short bio (maximum 200 words)
  • Personal statement (limit of 500 words)
    * Include Academic /Technical interests, contributions to the community etc.
  • Transcript(s). All transcripts must be in English and legible. If the grading system is not easily understood, please clarify. (e.g., A grade = xxxx, B grade = xxxx, etc.)
  • At least one recommendation letter
    * Please ensure your name and email address are included in the recommendation letter, as well as your relationship to the recommender
    * Limit 1 page
  • Completion of the IEEE SERVICES 2022 Consent and Release Form for public distribution of award acceptance speech. [add link]

All scholarship awardees will be given a complimentary one-day registration pass to IEEE SERVICES 2022 on July 12, the day the WISC Symposium is held under the hybrid event model, supporting both in-person and remote participation. All awardees must attend the announcement ceremony and accept their awards at the Symposium. Excusable absence request must be submitted and approved in time to avoid awardee revocation.


General Chair
Kaoutar El maghraoui, Principal Research Staff Member, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Program Chairs
Bouchra Bouqata,Senior Machine Learning & AI Scientist, Amazon Robotics
Shubhi Asthana, Senior Research Software Engineer, IBM Almaden Research Center
Àngela Nebot, Associate Professor, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech (UPC)

Scholarships Chair
Lorraine Herger, IBM Retiree and Former Director of AI Infrastructure, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Publicity Chair
Manar Abu Taleb, Professor and Chair of Research Outreach Department at University of Sharjah

Committee Members
Houda Chakiri, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Al Akhawayn University Ifrane
Chen Wang, Research Staff Member, Container Cloud Platform, IBM Research
Bhavani Thuraisingham, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and the Executive Director of the Cyber Security Research and Education Institute, University of Texas at Dallas
Ruchi Mahindru, Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM Research and Master Inventor, IBM Research
Mercy Bodarky, Program Manager, Research IT Security & Compliance, IBM Research
Misbah Mubarak, Senior Software Engineer at Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Yousra Aafer, Assistant Professor at University of Waterloo

Honorary General Chairs
Carl K. Chang, Iowa State University
Rong N. Chang, IBM Research, TJ Watson Research Center
Jianwei Yin, Zhejiang University
Ernesto Damiani, University of Milan
Shangguang Wang, Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications

Leadership for Africa (Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger and Senegal): Master’s Degree Scholarships in Germany


The scholarship programme “Leadership for Africa” (LfA) aims to support the academic qualification and advancement of young refugees and national scholars from Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger and Senegal at higher education institutions in Germany. In times of conflicts and displacement in various African countries, this programme intends to contribute to the education of future leaders, who will be essential for the further development of their home countries. “Leadership for Africa” offers scholarships for Master studies in Germany to qualified applicants in all fields of study except for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Law, Arts and Architecture. All “Leadership for Africa” scholarship holders benefit from a complementary training programme in good governance, civil society and career development. The mandatory programme must be completed in addition to the regular studies.

Who can apply?

The programme targets two groups:
1) Highly qualified refugees who hold refugee status and fulfil the necessary qualifications for Master’s studies in Germany.
Applicants must fulfil the following conditions:

  • Holding refugee status in their host countries, being granted before April 18th, 2022
  • Country of asylum must be either Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger or Senegal
  • Completed Bachelor’s degree at the time of application

2) Highly qualified graduates from Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger or Senegal who fulfil the necessary qualifications for Master’s studies in Germany.
Applicants must fulfil the following conditions:

  • Citizenship of either Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger or Senegal
  • Country of residence is Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger or Senegal
  • Completed Bachelor’s degree at the time of application

Please note:

  • With a Degree in Medicine, you can apply for Public Health or Biomedical Master related programmes only. A Master programme in Medicine is not eligible for funding.
  • For applicants from artistic disciplines and the field of architecture, the DAAD offers subject-specific scholarship programmes (see separate DAAD scholarship offers in the scholarship database).

What can be funded?

The scholarship includes:

  • Language course (2-6 months) in Germany before the start of the university studies
  • Tuition-free M.A. or M.Sc. degree programme at a public or state-recognized university in Germany starting in the winter term 2023 (September/October 2023)
  • Additional mandatory training programme LEAD!

Duration of the funding

Generally, selected candidates will start their German language course in April 2023 and take up their studies at a German institution of higher education by approx. October 1st, 2023. The duration of funding is determined by the standard period of study of the chosen programme. In general, Master’s programmes require two years of full-time study.



  • If necessary: Language course (2, 4 or 6 months) in Germany before the start of the study programme, including the coverage of the test fees for a German language certificate (TestDaF or DSH test), pocket money and accommodation. The DAAD decides whether to fund participation and for how long depending on German language skills and project. Participation in a language course is compulsory if the study programme is taught in German.
  • Additional mandatory training programme LEAD!
  • Monthly scholarship rate payments of 861 EURO
  • Adequate health, accident, and private/personal liability insurance in Germany
  • Travel allowance
  • Yearly study allowance
  • If applicable, monthly rent subsidy and monthly allowance for accompanying family members (spouse and/or children)


A pre-selection will take place based on the submitted application documents. Only complete applications with all mandatory documents will be considered. Preselected candidates will be invited to an (digital) interview with an independent selection committee of university professors.
In addition to previous achievements in school and university, language skills and the general motivation, the main selection criterion is a convincing description of the planned studies in Germany and the suitable choice of study programmes in the DAAD form “Study course profile”.
To ensure equal opportunities, social criteria such as special life circumstances, migration background or students from non-academic families can play a role. Criteria such as social engagement about which you can provide information in the application form are also considered.

For further information on the selection procedure, please refer to the Important Scholarship Information, Section E.