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Tokyo Games Show & CEDEC Applications Now Open

The IGDA Scholarship program is excited to announce that IGDA Japan has opened up scholarships for Tokyo Game Show (TGS) & the Computer Entertainment Developers Conference (CEDEC)! We are thankful to the Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association for their generosity and for providing up and coming talent with this opportunity. Students across the globe, studying all game industry related disciplines are welcome to apply. Events for CEDEC will be held August 25th – 28th in Yokohama, Japan. Events for Tokyo Game Show will be held September 16th through 20th in Chiba City, Japan.

Like other IGDA Scholars experiences, winning applicants will attend one of the conferences on a free pass, either a CEDEC regular pass or TGS business pass. Winners will also go on a game studio tours (TBD), attend networking events, and be assigned industry veterans to mentor them while at the conferences.

Last year students toured Aiming, GeePlus, GREE, Lando Ho!, Tayutau K.K., and Ubiquitous Entertainment! Eighteen students will be picked this year for this amazing opportunity so don’t hesitate and apply now! The deadline for applications is Monday, July 6th 2015 so spread the word and apply today! Please visit to learn more and apply!

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Applications to GDC Europe & Gamescom Have Closed

IGDA Scholar applications for GDC Europe & Gamescom 2015 have officially closed. We are excited to read your applications and see what the best and brightest students in games are doing right now!

Good luck to everyone who applied. There is one more opportunity remaining this year. Applications for Tokyo Game Show and CEDEC scholarships are opening 11 May 2015 and will be available until 6 July 2015. Look for our announcement soon!

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Congrats to our 2015 E3 IGDA Scholarship Winners!

Please welcome the 2015 E3 IGDA Scholars! We had several amazing applicants this year for E3 and it was a tough decision to send only 8. This year, our E3 Scholarship winners are:

Eric Tang (Arizona State University, USA)
Dudley Ellis (University of Waterloo, Canada)
Matthew Lee (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Morten Salvesen (Westerdals Oslo School of Art, Communication and Technology, Norway)
Naman Gupta (Meerut Institute of Engineering and Technology, India)
Joseph Cox (Ohio University, USA)
Alice Savell (Savannah College of Art & Design, USA)
Lynne Qiu (University of Southern California, USA)

Congratulations all! If you would like to learn more about each scholarship winner, visit this link! Each winner will receive an all a pass to E3 courtesy of the ESA, studio tours, booth tours, and an industry mentor. If you were unable to take advantage of this opportunity, there is still time left to apply for a GDC Europe & Gamescom scholarship! Applications are due 5 May 2015! Apply today before it’s too late!

Click here to Apply Now for a GDC Europe & Gamescom Scholarship!

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Applications for E3 2015 Have Closed

Applications for E3 2015 are officially closed, and we would like to take this time to thank everyone who took the time to either apply or spread the word about the opportunity! Social media, universities, word-of-mouth, and industry partners help us not only keep this program going, but help make it even better every year. We anticipate notifying all applicants whether they have been awarded or declined a scholarship by mid-April. We are excited to read your applications and see what the best and brightest students in games are doing right now!

Good luck to everyone who applied, and remember this is not the only opportunity remaining this year! Applications for GDC Europe & Gamescom scholarships are still open and will be available until 5 May 2015.

Click here to Apply Now for a GDC Europe & Gamescom Scholarship!

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The IGDA Scholars at GDC

The scholars had a great time at GDC in San Francisco last week. Check out our storify of their adventures below! If you are a student, you can still apply for scholarships to E3 Expo in June! Applications to be an IGDA Scholar at E3 are due in two weeks on 24th March.

Click here to Apply Now for a Scholarship to E3!

Click here to Apply Now for a Scholarship to E3!

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Applications for GDC Europe & Gamescom 2015 are now open!

The IGDA and the IGDA Scholarships Committee are delighted to announce that the 2015 IGDA Scholarships Program is accepting applications for GDC Europe & Gamescom 2015 through 5 May 2015. The program is open to all undergrad and graduate students, as well as those who have graduated up to six months before the conference, in fields relating to game development. To apply, please see for rules and the application form.

Awarded to the best and brightest students in game development disciplines, the IGDA Scholars program gives recipients an unmatched experience with a pass, industry mentorship, and local studio tours.

GDC Europe will take place 3-4 August and Gamescom from 5-9 August, 2015. The events are colocated at the Congress-Centrum Ost Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany. Together, they are the largest games industry professional conference and trade show in Europe.

We are excited to have GDC Europe & Gamescom be a part of our 2015 schedule. Learn more about the program, its history and how to apply at Please help us continue to spread the word about this excellent opportunity for students around the world.

Click here to Apply Now for a GDC Europe & Gamescom Scholarship!

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Thank You to Our GDC Sponsors!

GDCLogoGDC is just around the corner and we would like to take this opportunity to thank our generous sponsors and partners for GDC.  This opportunity would not be possible for our scholars without the time contributed by our volunteers, the donations from our sponsors, and the events hosted by our partners. We would like to thank our mentors, judges, educators, and industry veterans who each year help spread the word about our now 14-year-old program which enables deserving talent to attend GDC on an experience known to kickstart careers.

We would like to thank our continual partner UBM for supporting our program at GDC this year. Additionally, we would like to thank Double Fine Productions, makers of games such as Grim Fandango and Broken Age. We are appreciative to Epic Games creators of the Unreal Engine and Zynga creator of games such as FarmVille 2, NFL Showdown, and Solstice Arena. We would also like to thank the Intel Diversity Initiative for their generosity in helping our scholarship recipients to attend GDC and Disqus for their support in this year’s program.

Last but not least, we’d like to thank the IGDA Foundation. We have many donors who help our program and the IGDA by contributing directly to the IGDA Foundation. You too can become a sponsor for the IGDA Scholarship program! Our GDC partners participate in our program in multiple ways – some provide students opportunities to meet developers in person, others through financial sponsorship, and some through in-kind donations. If you would like to be involved in our program by making our experience the best possible for the industry’s brightest students please visit for more information.

Follow  @IGDAFoundation on Twitter to hear more about all scholarship opportunities with the IGDA Foundation! 

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