Toptal STEM Scholarships for Women

By | February 5, 2017

Toptal STEM Scholarships for Women

The Toptal STEM Scholarships for Women program is closed for 2016. We thank all applicants for their submissions. To learn about the winners, please visit the Press Center

Every winner will receive

A $5,000 scholarship to be used towards your educational and professional development goals. You can spend this on anything from coding bootcamps to online programming courses, textbooks, etc.
One-on-One Mentoring
One year of weekly one-on-one mentoring by a Toptal senior developer, who will help you with topics like project guidance, choosing an academic or career path, and preparing for interviews.

Why are we doing this?

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It’s no secret that men outnumber women in the tech industry. Silicon Valley has been the subject of dozens of recent studies on the fact that there are far fewer female computer scientists, engineers, and software developers than there are male. Indeed, according to recent figures released by tech giants like Apple, Google, and Facebook, women make up around just 16% of the engineering workforce in the technology industry. The gap is even larger when you look at Open Source, with women making up just 6% of users on GitHub.

At Toptal, we know that it makes zero difference what gender you are. We’re a 100% remote company, and we’ve never kept track of gender in our database. There have always been women in our network, and there always will be. However, study after study in the tech industry has shown that achieving greater gender diversity isn’t about ignoring diversity, it’s about actively welcoming it.

Some of the best engineers at Toptal are female.

This isn’t just diversity for its own sake. There are just as many profoundly talented and intelligent women in the world as there are men, and some of the best engineers at Toptal are female. However, if we lack equal female representation on our engineering teams, that means our teams are not as strong as they can be.

And that’s not something we’re ok with. We will all benefit from having more talented women on our teams and in our network.

Toptal is home to some of the world’s most intelligent and talented computer scientists, developers, and software engineers. Toptal’s network includes professional engineers across 93+ countries, with expertise spanning countless industries and interests.

With close guidance from our community, focused training, and financial support, we believe we can empower women aspiring to become top professional software engineers.


Toptal STEM Scholarships for Women are open to anyone who meets the following criteria

13 years or older
This is an international contest.