Applying to be one of this year’s Scholars is as straightforward as filling in a form. We will have a separate form for each of the different events that we are hosting scholarships for.


  • Only full-time undergraduate, graduate or doctoral (or similar) students, or former students who graduated in the 6 months prior to the event they are applying for, are eligible.
  • Applicants must be 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)
  • 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.
  • Applicants are eligible for a scholarship if your application for the corresponding event is submitted before the cutoff date listed below.
  • Applicants are only eligible to be awarded two scholarships. Previous scholarship winners who have already been awarded two scholarships before 2013 are eligible for a third provided all other criteria are met.
  • Applicants are only eligible to be awarded one scholarship to each conference. E.g. A prior E3 scholar is not eligible to apply for E3 in subsequent years. Note: Each instance of GDC (GDC, GDC Europe etc.) is considered a different conference.
  • Successful applicants are responsible for all travel arrangements, housing and other related costs.
  • Successful applicants will be required to write a short report describing their experiences as an IGDA Scholar.

Judging Criteria

Applications will be 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 is the basic criteria which the judges are asked to use when rating applicants.

  • Relevance – Will attending the event help the student achieve his or her specific educational and/or career goals?
  • Initiative – Has the student demonstrated continued dedication to game development and effort to his or her education?
  • Engagement – Has the student demonstrated a breadth of activity and volunteerism within his or her community?
  • Communication – Are the ideas expressed in the essays communicated effectively and efficiently?

Relevant Dates

Event Event Date Application Deadline Application Form
GDC 17th – 21st March 2014 17th December 2013 Applications Closed
E3 9th – 13th June 2014 23rd March 2014 Applications Closed
GDC Europe and Gamescom 11th – 15th August 2014 20th May 2014 Applications Closed
CEDEC 1st – 4th September 2014 10th July 2014 Applications Closed
Tokyo Game Show 17th – 21st September 2014 10th July 2014 Applications Closed