TECHNOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Earn a scholarship to learn in-demand Data, AI, and Cloud computing skills.

Learn valuable tech skills with Bertelsmann

Hands-on Learning

Learn valuable skills to launch or advance your career in an increasingly tech-driven economy.

Master Curriculum

Benefit from a world-class curriculum designed for the tech jobs of today and tomorrow.

Get Career Ready

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

 How it Works

Bertelsmann’s media, services and educational offerings make it a leader in many areas of the digital world. Accordingly, the company wants to empower as many people as possible to be successful in the digital world. Over a three-year period Bertelsmann will fund as many as 50,000 tech scholarships for students to learn with Udacity.

The initial 2019–2020 phase of the program is a two-stage scholarship, open to any student, 18 years of age or older, interested in Cloud Computing, Data Science or Artificial Intelligence. Both Bertelsmann employees and the general public are encouraged to apply for one of the three tech learning paths: Cloud, Data, or AI.

When applications close on November 6, 2019, we’ll review all entries and select 15,000 recipients to participate in the Cloud, Data, or AI Challenge Courses. This is where the learning begins! Recipients will spend 3.5 months learning key components for Cloud Computing, Data Analysis, or Artificial Intelligence. Top students from this initial phase will earn a full Nanodegree program scholarship.

Cloud Track

Data Track

AI Track

Challenge Courses

Self-paced courses lasting 3.5 months and requiring 3-5 hours of study per week

15,000 SEATS

Introduction to Cloud DevOps

Introduction to Data Analysis & Programming

Introduction to Deep Learning with PyTorch

Learn cloud computing fundamentals and the basics of the command line interface of a Linux server. Get hands-on experience deploying infrastructure using code, and an introduction to version control with Git & GitHub. Explore tools and services offered by Amazon Web Services through interactive hands-on exercises.

Get introduced to descriptive statistics and learn the basics of foundational data science programming tools – SQL, programming with Python, and data wrangling – that allow users to quickly and efficiently perform data analysis workflows.

Learn the basics of deep learning, learn about the different types of neural networks, such as convolutional neural networks and recurrent neural networks, and build your own deep neural networks using PyTorch, an open-source machine learning library for Python.

PRE-REQUISITES

A basic understanding of any object-oriented programming language such as Python or JavaScript.

PRE-REQUISITES

None required, aside from basic computer skills.

PRE-REQUISITES

A basic understanding of Python and data processing libraries such as NumPy and Matplotlib.

RECOMMENDED:

Familiarity with loop and function writing.

RECOMMENDED:

Familiarity with SQL, Excel, statistics and coding.

RECOMMENDED:

Familiarity with linear algebra and calculus.

Top students from the initial Challenge Courses will earn one of 1,600 full scholarships to the Nanodegree program for their chosen track.

Cloud DevOps

NANODEGREE PROGRAM

Learn to design and deploy infrastructure as code, build and monitor CI/CD pipelines for different deployment strategies, and deploy scalable microservices using Kubernetes.

Data Analyst

NANODEGREE PROGRAM

Learn to use Python, SQL, and Tableau to uncover insights, communicate critical findings, and create data-driven solutions.

Deep Learning

NANODEGREE PROGRAM

Learn to implement neural networks using the deep learning framework PyTorch. Build convolutional networks for image recognition, networks for sequence and image generation, and learn how to deploy models accessible from a website.

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Challenge Courses

Self-paced courses lasting 3.5 months and requiring 3-5 hours of study per week

15,000 SEATS

Top students from the initial Challenge Courses will earn one of 1,600 full scholarships to the Nanodegree program for their chosen track.

Cloud Track

Introduction to Cloud DevOps

Learn cloud computing fundamentals and the basics of the command line interface of a Linux server. Get hands-on experience deploying infrastructure using code, and an introduction to version control with Git & GitHub. Explore tools and services offered by Amazon Web Services through interactive hands-on exercises.

PRE-REQUISITES

A basic understanding of any object-oriented programming language such as Python or JavaScript.

RECOMMENDED:

Familiarity with loop and function writing.

Cloud DevOps

NANODEGREE PROGRAM

Learn to design and deploy infrastructure as code, build and monitor CI/CD pipelines for different deployment strategies, and deploy scalable microservices using Kubernetes.

   INTERMEDIATE

Data Track

Introduction to Data Analysis & Programming

Get introduced to descriptive statistics and learn the basics of SQL, programming with Python, and data wrangling.

PRE-REQUISITES

None required, aside from basic computer skills.

RECOMMENDED:

Familiarity with SQL, Excel, statistics and coding.

Data Analyst

NANODEGREE PROGRAM

Learn to use Python, SQL, and Tableau to uncover insights, communicate critical findings, and create data-driven solutions.

   INTERMEDIATE

Artificial Intelligence Track

Introduction to Deep Learning with PyTorch

Learn the basics of deep learning, learn about the different types of neural networks, such as convolutional neural networks and recurrent neural networks, and build your own deep neural networks using PyTorch, an open-source machine learning library for Python.

PRE-REQUISITES

A basic understanding of Python and data processing libraries such as NumPy and Matplotlib.

RECOMMENDED:

Familiarity with linear algebra and calculus.

Deep Learning

NANODEGREE PROGRAM

Learn to implement neural networks using the deep learning framework PyTorch. Build convolutional networks for image recognition, networks for sequence and image generation, and learn how to deploy models accessible from a website.

   INTERMEDIATE

Bertelsmann at a Glance

Bertelsmann is a media, services and education company that operates in about 50 countries around the world. The company has 117,000 employees and generated revenues of €17.7 billion in the 2018 financial year.

Learn more: www.bertelsmann.com

“The world of work is becoming increasingly digital, with digital skills becoming more and more important in every industry. Bertelsmann’s media, services, and educational offerings make us a leader in many areas of the digital world; we deal intensively with the opportunities opened up by new technologies. Accordingly, we see it as our responsibility to empower as many people as possible to be successful in the digital world, and to support policymakers in this. This is why we are launching, together with Udacity, a global corporate-training initiative in the fields of Cloud, Data, and Artificial Intelligence.”
THOMAS RABE, BERTELSMANN CHAIRMAN & CEO

How to Apply

APPLICATIONS DUE

November 6, 2019

RECIPIENTS NOTIFIED

November 15, 2019

APPLICATIONS DUE

November 6, 2019 (2:59pm Pacific Time)

RECIPIENTS NOTIFIED

November 15, 2019

CHALLENGE COURSE START

November 20, 2019

While applying, make sure to select the track—AI, Data, or Cloud—of most interest to you and for which you are best qualified. Applications are welcome from interested learners 18 years of age or older!

Applications due November 6, 2019

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FAQ

What is the “Bertelsmann Technology Scholarship Program”?

Bertelsmann is launching a global education initiative to strengthen people’s tech skills: over a three-year period, Bertelsmann is investing several million euros in funding as many as 50,000 tech scholarships on the online education platform Udacity. The first year of the scholarship consists of 15,000 seats for Challenge Courses in Cloud, Data and AI, followed by 1,600 full scholarships to the Cloud DevOps Engineer, Data Analyst and Deep Learning.

 


Who can apply?

Anyone 18 years of age and above is encouraged to apply. This includes any Bertelsmann employee or general student, who wants to expand their AI, Data, or Cloud skillset.  

Please note, there are certain prerequisites for each track. Scholarship recipients should be prepared to invest about 3-5 hours per week during the Challenge Course and about 5–10 hours per week during the Nanodegree programs.

 


What are the prerequisites?

Cloud Track: students should have a basic understanding of any Object-Oriented Programming language such as Python or JavaScript. Students should be comfortable with writing loops and functions.

Data Track: there are no prerequisites for this program, aside from basic computer skills. Nevertheless, familiarity with statistics, Excel, SQL and basic coding is helpful and recommended. 

AI Track: students need to be comfortable with Python and data processing libraries such as NumPy and Matplotlib. Basic knowledge of linear algebra and calculus is recommended, but isn’t required to complete the exercises.

 


What is the program language?

English is the language for the Challenge Courses and all Udacity Nanodegree programs. Subtitles are available in Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese and English for the data and AI tracks. Subtitles are available in English for the cloud track. The scholarship student community will be managed in 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, students work through one of the 3 initial Challenge Courses: “Introduction to Cloud DevOps”,  “Introduction to Data Analysis and Programming” or “Introduction to Deep Learning with PyTorch” for 3.5 months. Applicants should be prepared to invest about 3–5 hours per week during this period. Scholarship recipients participating in this initial phase of the program will engage with classmates in a robust, actively managed, student community. 

Phase 2: 1,600 Full Nanodegree programs: the top 1,600 students from the first phase will earn a follow-up  scholarship to either the Cloud DevOps Engineer, Data Analyst, or Deep Learning Nanodegree programs. Access to these Nanodegree programs includes expert project reviews, mentorship and community support. These full Nanodegree program scholarships will be awarded in March, 2020. Applicants should be prepared to invest about 5–10 hours per week for the 6 months of the program.

 


Can I apply to more than one track?

Applicants must choose their preferred track and can only apply once. Make sure to select the one you are most interested in but also fully qualified for.

 


When will the results be announced? When do classes start?

Applications open on September 3, 2019 and close on November 6, 2019.

Scholarship recipients will be announced on November 15, 2019 and start learning on November 20, 2019.

 


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 are the criteria for being one of the top 10% (1,600 seats) and hence a recipient of a full Nanodegree program?

Of the 15,000 original scholarship recipients, 1,600 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

 


What are the Terms & Conditions?

The full Terms and Conditions are posted here.

 


Do scholarship recipients have to pay anything to participate?

No! The program is completely free to all scholarship recipients. Bertelsmann pays the costs from a central budget.

 


Who will manage communication with the participants and support them during the scholarship program?

Udacity will provide participants with all necessary information during the scholarship program. This will include everything from announcement emails after Udacity reviews applications, to ongoing student encouragement emails to scholarship recipients, to next step details at the end of each stage, and more. Emails will come from: scholarships-support@udacity.com or support@udacity.com.

 


Who can be contacted in case of questions?

For Bertelsmann-specific questions (e.g. working time, peoplenet), please contact: university@bertelsmann.com.

For general questions about the scholarship program and for user support (e.g. application process, timeline), please contact: scholarships-support@udacity.com.

 


I have more questions!

Please send us an email at: scholarships-support@udacity.com.

 


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