Huawei Ireland launches new €250,000 scholarship programme for Irish third-level STEM students

50 students to avail of a €5,000 bursary each through ‘Seeds for the Future’ programme

Wednesday, 22nd September 2021. Huawei Ireland today launched a new scholarship programme for Irish third-level STEM students that will provide €250,000 in academic grants this year.

The new scholarship programme will be available through Huawei’s ‘Seeds for the Future’ initiative, with third-level students now invited to apply.

Fifty €5,000 bursaries will be awarded to the top-performing STEM students who take part in the Seeds for the Future programme, which offers third-level students studying in Ireland the opportunity to participate in an exclusive Huawei online event to develop their understanding of the ICT industry while also learning about Chinese culture.

Ireland is the first Country in Western Europe Huawei has selected for the new €250,000 scholarship programme.

Since it first launched in 2015, Huawei’s Seeds for the Future programme has seen Irish STEM students benefit from its unique learning and cultural experience. Students that secure a place on the 2021 programme will be given the unique opportunity to experience virtual tours of Huawei’s campuses, the companies’ flagship store in central Shenzhen, alongside Chinese culture experiences like tours of famous cities, learning Mandarin, calligraphy and an insight into modern Chinese businesses.

Participating students also study different levels of basic and advanced courses exploring the latest developments in smart cities, AI, cloud computing, 5G and the Internet of Things. Other course options include guest lectures on digital transformation, sustainable technology and strategic leadership given by either Huawei senior engineers or guest speakers from industry thought-leaders.

The 2021 programme will also see students take part in team exercises including Huawei’s newly created Tech4Good project, which challenges participants to examine how to leverage technology to address pressing social and environmental issues. Students will present their team projects to a panel of judges with the project contributing to their eligibility for the scholarships.

Undergrad and postgrad students studying in Ireland can now apply for the 2021 Seeds for the Future programme and the chance to be awarded one of the fifty €5,000 scholarships by sending their CV, and an essay of 400 - 600 words or a 2-3 minute video reflecting their interests and why they should be chosen to take part, to The deadline for submissions is Thursday, October 14th.

The programme will take place between October 18th-25th 2021, with the scholarships awarded thereafter to those who successfully complete the Seeds for the Future programme.

Announcing the scholarship fund, Luke McDonnell, Senior Communications Manager, Huawei Ireland, said: “Huawei is committed to investing in Ireland’s future ICT workforce and we see this scholarship programme as another way to help these students enhance their capabilities as they continue their STEM studies. Our Seeds for the Future programme has proven very successful and we look forward to welcoming more students to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this year.”

More information about the programme please refer to the programme minisite.


About Huawei Ireland

Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services – Huawei is committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organisation for a fully connected, intelligent world. Huawei employs over 194,000 people in 170 countries across the globe.

Huawei has been in Ireland since 2004, with its business now serving over 3 million people and supporting over 860 direct and indirect jobs. Huawei’s business activities in Ireland continue to thrive. Intelligent connectivity with fibre and 5G technologies has begun and will empower the market of mobile networks and broadband networks with AI and IOT technologies.  Huawei Ireland is working very closely with local operators and partners, and is focused on nurturing future talent and highly-skilled professionals in these areas across the country.

Huawei works with a number of Irish third-level institutions, including Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, University of Limerick, University College Dublin, and University College Cork, funding vital Irish research into video, artificial intelligence and cloud computing.  The company also partners key Science Foundation Ireland centres such as Connect, Insight, Adapt and Lero.

Huawei Ireland is supporting Ocean Research & Conservation Ireland, a “for-impact” non-profit organisation based in Cork, to conduct Ireland’s first real-time study to assess the impact of marine traffic on whales in Irish waters. The new study will see the deployment of acoustic monitoring equipment in the Celtic Sea at locations where sightings of whales and other wildlife have been recorded. The equipment will be able to listen for movements of whales, and with the help of machine learning models to enhance data analysis, for the first time provide near real-time detection.

In 2020, Huawei Ireland launched the ‘TECH4HER’ Scholarship Programme in partnership with Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) and University College Dublin (UCD), aimed at supporting female students studying STEM subjects. The scholarships are available at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. In addition to financial support, TECH4HER also offers the opportunity to engage in a mentoring programme with representatives from Huawei.