Toptal Scholarships for Women: Empowering Future Female Leaders to Change the World

Deadline:  31 March 2019
Open to: individuals who consistently live and identify as women, age 16 and older
Benefits: the selected recipients will receive US$10,000 and one year of one-on-one mentorship from a Toptal leader


The Toptal Scholarships Contest (also called the Toptal Scholarships, herein the “Scholarships Program”) is administered and managed by Toptal, LLC (“Toptal”), with an address of 548 Market Street, #36879, San Francisco, California 94104, USA, whose decisions are final with respect to all matters relating to the Scholarships Program, and is governed by the terms and conditions contained herein.
As part of our commitment to supporting women with great leadership potential Toptal has established the Toptal Scholarships contest.

These scholarships provide assistance to women from around the world to help empower them to follow their passion and become leaders. Subject to these Toptal Scholarships Official Rules, the selected recipients will receive US$10,000 and one year of one-on-one mentorship from a Toptal leader.  


In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • The Scholarships Program is only available to individuals who consistently live and identify as women, age 16 and older
  • This is an international Scholarship Program. However, you must be a legal resident or citizen of your country of residence to enter the Scholarship Program
  • You must apply to the region for which country you are a legal resident, as determined by the list in the appendix of this document. The Scholarship Program is not available to any resident or citizen of any country that prohibits the Scholarship Program or that is prohibited by U.S. law (e.g., the Crimea region of the Ukraine, North Korea, Cuba, Iran, Sudan, or Syria). You may be asked to provide proof of residence, and any supporting documentation, in the interview stage of the application process.
  • The Scholarship program is not available to any person listed on any of the following (or similar) lists: Specially Designated Nationals and Consolidated Sanctions Lists (maintained by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, U.S. Department of the Treasury); the Denied Persons, Entity, and Unverified Lists (maintained by the Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce); and the Consolidated List of sanctions designations by the United Nations, European Union and United Kingdom.
  • Employees, clients, and contractors (including current talent engaged with or through Toptal) of Toptal, LLC as well as other companies involved in the conduct of this Scholarship Program, and any employees, members of the immediate families and households of any such employees and contractors of any of the foregoing are not eligible to enter
  • Void where prohibited by law


  • Each prize (that is, “award”) consists of (a) US$10,000 and (b) one (1) year of relevant mentorship by a Toptal-designated mentor, who will have experience relevant to the winning applicant’s goals and who works for or with Toptal (the mentorship component has a value of approximately US$5,000)
  • The mentorship portion of each award will consist of at least forty (40) hours of remote mentorship via telephone or VoIP conversation, as determined by the mentor (the “Mentorship Program”).


  • No purchase is necessary to enter the Scholarships Program
  • Team entries and the inclusion of any material that you did not create are not permitted
  • The Scholarships Program begins at 9am Eastern Standard Time (EST) on 25th July 2018 and application acceptance ends at 11:59 pm EST on the date specified below for that region. Applications received by Toptal before the start or after the end of these Scholarships Program start and end dates/times will not be eligible or accepted

Africa - 30 September 2018 • Oceania - 31 October 2018 • Asia - 30 November 2018 • Europe - 31 January 2019 • Americas - 31 March 2019

All of the following steps must be successfully completed to complete your application:

- First, write a blog post on your chosen idea to change the world. The blog post (“Blog Post”) must clearly include the following sections: 

  • Your vision to change the world
  • How you believe you can accomplish your goals
  • Support and mentorship you need to accomplish your goals
  • It must clearly and unambiguously reference Toptal Scholarships

 - Publish the Blog Post on your personal blog about your idea. The Blog Post must be at least 1,000 words. To be and remain eligible for the Scholarship Program, the Blog Post must remain posted during the entire Scholarship Program, including any period of awards.

- If you decide to include in your application links to software you have written, you must link to the GitHub repository in the application form. Any type of GitHub contribution is acceptable, provided that (a) it must consist solely of your own personal work and (b) it must comply with all of GitHub’s requirements, policies, guidelines, and terms and conditions with respect to starting or contributing to an open source project on GitHub. Any further files (for example, videos or presentations) you create to support your application, must be linked to in the Blog Post

Complete the application on register HERE.  For your application to be eligible for entry, you must answer all application questions and your answers must be complete and accurate.

- Your Blog Post and accompanying information must be fully complete and submitted through the Toptal Scholarship Application page prior to the Scholarship Program application deadline to be eligible. 

- You may only submit one application for this Scholarship Program.

- If there is a problem with your application that renders it ineligible or unacceptable under these Scholarship Program Official Rules, in Toptal’s sole and absolute discretion, Toptal may choose to notify you of the problem. If Toptal notifies you of a problem, you may resubmit your entry at any time prior to the end of the contest submission deadline stated above and your resubmission, if accepted, will be entered in the Scholarship Program from the time of its acceptance.

- Regardless, all applicants are solely responsible for their applications and compliance with these Scholarship Official Rules. Toptal will have no responsibility for any delay in or failure to provide such notification or for any attempted resubmission by you. Further, applicants may not submit more than one resubmission. Regardless of the preceding bullet point however, applications must be submitted in accordance with any technical specifications set forth in the Scholarship Program Application. Applications will be declined if not correctly completed and submitted

- Toptal assumes no responsibility for any failure to receive an Application as a direct or indirect result of a technical problem or any kind of computer, network, carrier, or third party malfunction or other problem. 

If you have any questions, check the FAQ section or write to:

The official web-page.