Talents Application

The Application Phase for the 2024 Intake Starts in October 2023!

About the Program

A career in IT is out of reach for you?
Unlock your potential and become a Groundbreaker Talent!

Groundbreaker Talents is a full-time Software Engineering scholarship program in Kampala tailored to provide Ugandan students from underprivileged communities with the opportunity to exploit their full potential and access a brighter future in the digital era.

Uganda’s youth holds great potential for fostering the next generation of IT professionals. Our scholarship program serves as a talent pipeline, guiding students from disadvantaged backgrounds to critical entry points into the industry. Giving access to valuable skills empowers a brighter future.

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Who can apply?

  • Be a young African woman aged 18-25 years.
  • Be passionate about tech.
  • Available full-time to live and learn in the Groundbreaker Talents residence from January 2024 to December 2024, throughout the program.
  • Completed and graduated from High School, i.e. S.6. (possess a result slip/ certificate/ transcript/ photo of your results).
  • Be a resident of Uganda or the refugee communities in Uganda (have either a passport, National ID, village ID, or Refugee certificate of your respective country of origin).
  • Very fluent in spoken and written English.
  • Applicants must NOT currently study in a university or institute pursuing a bachelor’s or diploma (enrolled or on break).

Further Information

Applications open: 1st October – 1st November
Interviews: Conducted on an ongoing.

For further questions, please contact:

Groundbreaker Team
+256 756948969
+256 784462913

NOTE: A potential applicant will only be eligible for the scholarship if they strictly meet ALL above mentioned requirements. All information will be treated with full confidentiality.

Positive Examples of Women already thriving through the program

Testimonial Grace Babirye

“I feel very fulfilled in my current job because of the impact Refactory has had on me. At the end of the program, I was able to get a job as an entry-level professional at a powerful software company in Uganda, where I still work today. Refactory has given me skills that I needed to succeed in the job world and didn’t get at university. Now I can develop something that customers actually need.“

— Grace Babirye • Product Manager Associate at Laboremus Uganda Ltd

Natasha Tindyebwa

This scholarship program is more than an opportunity; it’s a bridge from my past to a future that I am crafting with my own hands. Just as I’ve learned to code in JavaScript over the past month, I’m now coding a new destiny for myself, rewriting the narrative of my life to be a breadwinner in my family.

Natasha Tindyebwa • current Groundbreaker Talents scholar

Vanessa Nalugya

Being part of Groundbreaker Talents has shown me the value of adapting to new situations. It’s not just about academic growth but also about the fantastic living situation and the daily life we share in our residence. Here, I get to experience a welcoming community and the chance to thrive both academically and socially.

Vanessa Nalugya • current Groundbreaker Talents scholar

Visit the community page of Refactory, our educational partner, to see the past cohorts of aspiring developers:

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, GB-Talents is a residential program and thus offers accommodation to its students for the entire period of the program until graduation.

No, this program is residential.

You will be given a digital certificate after completing the program. A physical certificate can be printed on request.

Our main focus is a holistic approach to the current needs of the IT job market. Therefore we emphasize the practical skills necessary to thrive in the industry.

Our Groundbreaker Talents program introduces you to basic programming. It establishes you to become a very equipped developer with front-end skills.

That depends entirely on your aptitude and attitude. While we provide world-class teachers and experts to support you, the learning is on you. We put in our best and expect you to put in yours as well. We do not guarantee jobs, but we will help facilitate the process by assisting in your professional development, providing resume-writing workshops, optimizing your LinkedIn profile, conducting mock interviews, and hosting recruitment drives with our employer partners.