Introducing the Samsara Black, Brown, Indigenous, and People of Color Design Fund Program

At Samsara, we have dedicated ourselves to building an environment where people from a diverse range of communities and backgrounds feel welcome. We also recognize that diversity across our industry is a work in progress and there is room to grow. We are launching a design fund program to provide financial assistance and mentorship to the Black, Brown, Indigenous, and People of Color (BBIPOC) community and their allies enrolled in design programs, in the hope that we can build even more diverse and representative teams across Samsara and the design industry as a whole.

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Program award

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$2,000 learning stipend

Coverage for education-related expenses like tuition, required fees, books, supplies and equipment required for coursework

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Interview preparedness coaching

Five mentorship sessions to uplevel your portfolio and prepare you for competitive design interviews

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Relationship building

Networking with the Samsara Design team and cross-functional partners in the organization

Application requirements

  • A completed application submitted by June 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM PT
  • A personal written or video statement of approximately 500 words or up to three minutes in length
  1. - Identify what inspired you to choose a career in design; what you want to accomplish through the program; and what you want to focus on in your career
  • A brief statement identifying how you intend to budget the money
  • PDF or online portfolio of design work completed while in school
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Most recent transcript
  • Optional: One letter of recommendation from an academic advisor or professional reference

Who can apply

The Samsara BBIPOC in Design Fund recognizes design students from Black, Brown, Indigenous, and communities of color, but anyone is welcome to apply. Applicants must be studying design at an accredited college or university in the United States and on track to begin their final or senior year in Fall 2021.

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We’re looking for brilliant future designers like you

Applications are now closed.


Please submit additional questions to bbipoc_design@samsara.com with the subject “2021 BBIPOC in Design Application”.

Q: What is the Samsara BBIPOC in Design Fund?

The 2021 BBIPOC in Design Fund is a Samsara diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiative that seeks to provide professional development through greater connection and resources to underrepresented communities and their allies.

Q: Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants should identify as BBIPOC and/or have a background, experience or desire to contribute to greater diversity and inclusion of BBIPOC in the design profession. Applicants should demonstrate a high level of talent and promise in design and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, applicants must be studying design at an accredited college or university in the United States and on track to begin their final or senior year in Fall 2021.

Q: Is there a minimum grade point average needed to apply?

A GPA of 3.0 is the minimum grade point average needed to apply.

Q: What fields of study are supported by this design fund?

The design fund supports disciplines focused on User Experience Design, User Interface Design, Design Thinking, Human Centered Interaction, Product Design, Digital Design, and User Research.

Q: What do design fund recipients receive?

A $2,000 stipend amount will be awarded to three outstanding students on track to begin their final or senior year of college or university in Fall 2021. Each student will also receive five sessions with a mentor to gain skills focused on interview preparedness and design coaching.

Q: How do I apply?

Applications are now closed