As a student of a software engineering course I tend to receive tech related emails. Over the last year I've received 3 scholarship related emails of which all were titled with something along the lines of
Women in technology scholarship
I noticed for the first 2 emails, when I clicked on their links, their webpage showed a list of criteria and were very careful with what they were demanding of their applicants.
Applicants must be graduating in year XX/XX
Applicants must be enrolled in a computer science or related degree
But it is when they get to the gender/sex criteria, it is usually described as the following:
This scholarship is open to female applicants
The third email had this as part of their criteria
Applicants must identify as female
My question is; under Irish or European law, is it in any way illegal to advertise or hold scholarships with any of the criteria I've described?