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Amazon launches ‘women in innovation’ bursaries

Amazon has created a new ‘women in innovation’ bursary to support young women from less advantaged backgrounds work towards a career in innovation and technology.

The etailer will support students at the University of Edinburgh, King’s College, London, and Churchill College at the University of Cambridge – universities in cities where it has development centres. All bursaries will be offered for the academic year of 2016/17, starting this autumn.

Female students can receive between £3,500 and £7,500 per year to cover living costs to attend one of the three chosen universities for the study of a degree that supports high-tech innovation. Suitable degree programmes include electronic engineering, robotics and intelligent systems, and computer science. Students from households with an annual income of less than £42,620 are eligible and each recipient will be chosen by their own university.

Amazon will also provide mentoring on business skills and interview techniques, as well as a potential work placement at a local development centre. Amazon’s UK development centres are working on innovations including drone delivery through Prime Air, and the use of machine learning to power personalised recommendations in multiple languages.

“We want to foster the next generation of high-tech superstars in Britain and help people from all walks of life invent for the future,” said Doug Gurr, UK country manager at Amazon. “We hope that, over time, the bursary will make a big difference to many young women who one day will become future leaders in innovation.”


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