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IEEE-Microsoft Student Application Paper Grants are offered for undergraduate and graduate students in Sub-Saharan Africa for design projects using industry or technical standards. Upon completion of their project, students submit a final report called a Student Application Paper.

Grants include US$500
for students, with additional honoraria for faculty mentors. 


Eligibility and requirements

The IEEE-Microsoft Student Application Paper Grants are open to all undergraduate and graduate students located within the Sub-Saharan Africa. The grants are to help with graduate and capstone design projects with an industry standards component.* 

IEEE will publish the results as a student application paper.

Student(s) beginning a design or development project will submit an abstract summary describing the project, which includes:

  • a summary of the project goal (i.e., what are you trying to build?);
  • an understanding of what standards are being considered to achieve the project goal;
  • a declaration of intention to submit an application paper for publication by the IEEE upon completion of the project;
  • a statement of endorsement from a faculty mentor must be included.

*Examples of industry standards: IEEE 802.11 Standard for Wireless LANs, IEEE 11073 Standards for Health Infomatics, National Electric Safety Code, etc. For a list of IEEE groups working on industry standards, see Standards Working Groups. Note that eligible projects may also use non-IEEE standards.


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Application deadlines

Applications may be submitted at any time throughout the year.

Deadlines for 2014 student grant applications:

  • 30 January
  • 15 March
  • 15 June
  • 15 October 

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