The IGDA Foundation Women in Games Ambassadors program provides a comprehensive event scholarship experience to the best and brightest up-and-coming women-identified individuals in games. The program includes all-access passes, travel stipends, a week of insider industry events, and lifetime access to a tight-knit community of high-achieving peers. In addition, the IGDAF WIG Ambassadors program creates opportunities for each recipient to engage with top industry professionals through Q&As and group mentorship. Our ambassadors leave the conference better equipped to jump-start their careers and advocate on behalf of diversity in games. Forty nine women have been through the program since it began in 2015.
The predecessor to the IGDAF WIG Ambassador program was created in 2015 thanks to the incredible generosity of Intel as part of their diversity initiative. IGDAF WIG Ambassadors continues with that same goal, just with a new name. Additionally, our deepest gratitude goes to UBM — without their support, the program would not be possible.
- Applicants must be woman-identified and 18 years of age or older as of the date of the event. (Also note that certain aspects of some events may carry higher age restrictions)
- Only full-time undergraduate, graduate or doctoral (or similar) students, or former students who graduated in the 12 months prior to the event they are applying for, are eligible.
- Applicants must be IGDA members in good standing. If you are not currently an IGDA Member, you must join the IGDA before applying for the scholarship. All applications will be verified. If you aren’t currently a member, you can join today.
- When asked for your IGDA Membership number, if you are associated with IGDA Finland or Japan, you may simply write your country name. Applications from all other countries must have a valid membership number.
- Applicants are eligible for a scholarship if your application for the corresponding event is submitted before the cutoff date listed below.
- Successful applicants are ultimately responsible for travel arrangements, housing and other related costs, but will receive a partial travel reimbursement stipend based on their distance to travel from university.
- Successful applicants will be required to sign a basic liability waiver, right of publicity form, and write a short essay describing their experiences as an IGDAF WIG Ambassador.
Applications are judged by a panel of game industry professionals. To help students hone their applications, and to better understand what the judges are looking for, here are the basic criteria the judges use when rating applicants.
- Relevance – Will attending the event help the student achieve her specific educational and/or career goals?
- Initiative – Has the student demonstrated continued dedication to game development and effort to her education?
- Engagement – Has the student demonstrated a breadth of activity and volunteerism within her community?
- Communication – Are the ideas expressed in the essays communicated effectively and efficiently?
- Social Impact – How is the student contributing to the greater good?