Data Science Scholarship Program
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Master data skills with Bertelsmann


Learn valuable skills to launch or advance your career in our data-driven economy.


Master world-class curriculum designed for the data jobs of today, tomorrow, and beyond.


Upskill for the thousands of data-related jobs companies like Bertelsmann are hiring for!

How it Works

This scholarship is open to Bertelsmann employees as well as the general public interested in Data Science. Applicants 18 years of age or older are invited to apply. We’ll review all applications and select 15,000 recipients to participate in the Scholarship Challenge Course. This is where your learning begins! You’ll spend 3 months learning all about the statistics you need to succeed in the world of data. Top students from the initial Challenge Course will be selected for a full Nanodegree program.

Challenge Course

15,000 seats

Intro to Descriptive Statistics

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    Entry point for those interested in Data Science, Economics, Machine Learning, or analytics.

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    Learn the basic concepts used to describe data, explore data, use statistical research methods, compute simple probabilities, visualize data, and make predictions with data.

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    Self-paced course lasting three months and requiring 5-10 hours of study per week.

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1,500 seats

Bertelsmann at a Glance

Bertelsmann is a media, services and education company that operates in about 50 countries around the world. The company has 116,000 employees and generated revenues of €17.0 billion in the 2016 financial year.

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“Bertelsmann is becoming more and more digital, so promoting digital skills is one of our top priorities. Data Science is particularly important for many of our digital businesses, and we are very pleased to be offering 15,000 scholarships. Together with our partners Google and Udacity, we are thus attempting to counter the shortage of specialists in the technology sector.”

Thomas Rabe, Bertelsmann Chairman & CEO

How to Apply

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    Applications Due

    April 22, 2018

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    Recipients notified

    May 02, 2018

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    Recipients begin program

    May 08, 2018

The application is a single application for all who want to expand their Data Science capabilities and are at least 18 years old—whether you are a beginner or already have experience.

Answer what you can, to the best of your ability, and we'll do the rest!

Apply by April 22, 2018

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  • 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 can choose between 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: or

  • 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:

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