What is the "Udacity Data Science Scholarship Program"?
Together with Udacity, Bertelsmann is investing in a scholarship program to provide job-relevant training, specifically for Data Science and analytics. The scholarship program consists of 15,000 seats for the Challenge Course "Intro to Descriptive Statistics", as well as 1,500 seats (the top 10% of all 15,000 scholarship recipients) for one full Udacity Nanodegree program. The top 10% scholarship recipients will be allocated one of three Nanodegree programs: "Data Foundations", "Business Analyst" and "Data Analyst".
Who can apply?
All Bertelsmann employees, as well as the external general public, who want to expand their Data Science capabilities and are at least 18 years old may apply for this "Udacity Data Science Scholarship Program." There is no prior knowledge required for the Challenge Course. Applicants should be prepared to invest about 10 hours per week during the Challenge Course and also during any of the three Nanodegree programs.
What is the program language?
The program language of the Challenge Course and all Udacity Nanodegree programs is English. Subtitles are available in Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese and English.
Where does the program take place?
The program takes place 100% online. Students can work from wherever they want to, as long as they have a working internet connection.
How does this scholarship program work?
The scholarship program is structured in two parts:
Phase 1: 15,000 Challenge Courses
During the first phase of this scholarship the student is provided with an access to an introductory data course on Udacity: Challenge Course "Introduction to Descriptive Statistics" for 3 months. Scholarship recipients participating in this initial phase of the program will receive support from expert Udacity mentors and community managers while joining a robust student community.
Phase 2: 1,500 Full Nanodegree programs
The top 1,500 students from the first phase of the scholarship program earn an additional scholarship to one of three Nanodegree programs: "Data Foundations", "Business Analyst", or "Data Analyst." Access to these Nanodegree programs includes expert project reviews, mentorship and community support.
When will the results be announced? When do classes start?
Applications open on January 22, 2018 and close on April 22, 2018.
Scholarship recipients will be announced in May 2018 and will start the Challenge Course later that month.
Are there specific class hours when students need to be online or can they go through the lessons and study whenever they want?
After class starts, participants can study on their own schedule as long as they complete the course in the predefined time. That is to say, they will have complete access to the course directly in their classroom 24 hours a day. We understand that students have different schedules and will work on their course at different times and on different days. What’s important is that students make constant progress each and every week and get through all the content before the end of the course.
What are the technical requirements for participating in this program?
Udacity’s full technical requirements are listed here
What are the criteria for being selected as one of the 15,000 scholarship recipients?
Udacity will evaluate the scholarship applications with a view to selecting recipients who possess:
- Diversity of perspective and experience
- Goal orientation, desire to make an impact
- Demonstrated determination and grit
- Willingness to dedicate sufficient time to scholarship
- Prerequisite knowledge where relevant
What do students receive when they finish the Challenge Course?
Every student will receive a badge that can be used within social media channels (e.g. LinkedIn, Xing).
What are the criteria for being one of the top 10% (1,500 seats) and hence a recipient of a full Nanodegree program?
Of the 15,000 original scholarship recipients, 1,500 will be selected for the follow-on Nanodegree program based on:
- Successful completion of lessons and quizzes in the Challenge Course
- Level of participation and support of classmates in the student community
- Re-assessment of essays from the original scholarship application
- All the selection criteria used in Phase I
The top 10% of all scholarship recipients (1,500 seats) will be awarded a full Nanodegree program.
What are the Terms and Conditions?
The full Terms and Conditions are posted here.
Who is shouldering the costs?
Bertelsmann pays the costs for all scholarship programs from a central budget.
Who will manage communication with the participants and support them during the scholarship program?
The Udacity team will provide participants with all necessary information during the scholarship program. Emails will come from: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Who can be contacted in case of questions?
For general questions about the scholarship program and for user support (e.g. application process, timeline), please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.