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Udacity is awarding free tech training to American workers laid off as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Udacity is awarding 5,000 challenge scholarships and 1,000 Nanodegree scholarships to eligible applicants under this program.

We’re joining over 350+ companies across the country to educate, train, and reskill America’s workers.

Over the next 3 years, Udacity will fund 100,000 need-based scholarships to reskill and upskill workers in the United States.

No prior tech experience is required to participate in this program.

Learn the in-demand skills needed to land a higher paying job and advance your career in tech and analytics.

Our Students

Udacity students learn critical tech skills that advance their careers and change their lives.


“A few weeks after completing the course, I was asked to join a different team! As a result I am currently working on a piece of software that is used by thousands of call center agents around the country.”




“Before Udacity, I was working two minimum wage jobs. Now, I have a new job, a new mindset, and new life!”




“Soon after completing Udacity’s Intro to Programming Nanodegree program, I was able to start a new career in technology with AT&T.”



“With the right skills-based learning programs, career advancement can become accessible to absolutely everyone. I’m confident that Udacity’s tech and analytics scholarships will provide every recipient with the chance to learn new skills, launch or advance their career, and unlock their potential in careers that will remain in demand as technology continues to evolve.”
Gabe Dalporto, Udacity CEO

Who is this for?

Udacity is proud to be a committed partner in helping the American workforce succeed in the digital economy. This program is focused on helping those who need it most.

Age & Work Status

Anyone that is 18+ years old and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a valid work permit.


No prior tech experience is required besides basic computer skills.


Laid off due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Who is eligible to apply?

To receive one of these scholarships, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident with a valid work permit. You must also be at least 18 years old and complete the application in full. This initiative is reserved for individuals laid off due to the COVID-19 crisis looking to learn the in-demand skills needed to land their next jobs and advance their careers.


Where does the program take place?

The program takes place 100% online. You can work from wherever you want to, as long as you have a working internet connection.


How many spots will be available in 2020?

Under this initiative, Udacity will fund 5,000 challenge scholarships and 1,000 nanodegree scholarships.


How does this scholarship program work?

The scholarship program is structured in two parts:

Phase 1: 5,000 Challenge Scholarships

The first phase of this scholarship provides access to one of Udacity’s challenge courses in the various fields of programming and data. These challenge courses provide rigorous training and typically require a few hours of work per week for 2-3 months. Scholarship recipients in these courses will be trained on job relevant skills in the chosen field, receive a robust community experience with dedicated Community Managers; they will also have a chance to qualify for a full Nanodegree scholarship.

Phase 2: 1,000 Nanodegree Scholarships

The top 1,000 students in the program will earn a Nanodegree scholarship to one of Udacity’s Nanodegree programs in a field related to the challenge course. The Nanodegree programs typically require several hours of work per week for 3-6 months depending on the chosen Nanodegree. These programs offer world-class curriculum, a groundbreaking classroom experience, industry-leading instructors, expert project reviews, and a full suite of career services.


Which Nanodegree programs are included in Phase 2?

After the Challenge Scholarship phase, full Nanodegree scholarships will be awarded to students based on the progress in Phase 1 and their contributions to the Udacity community. The Nanodegree scholarship will be in a field related to the challenge course.


How will the full Nanodegree scholarships be earned?

After the initial 3-month Phase 1 of the program ends, follow-up scholarships will be provided for a set of Udacity Nanodegree programs in a related field. Students will be evaluated based on successful completion of lessons and quizzes in Phase 1 and the first 1,000 students that qualify will be selected.


How many hours per week should I expect to spend on my coursework in order to succeed in this program?

Between instructional content, quizzes, and other course-related activity, we estimate that investing 10 hours/week will enable you to proceed through the program at a successful pace, finishing before your 3-month scholarship ends in Phase 1. If you are awarded a follow-up Nanodegree scholarship after the initial 3-months Phase 1, you will have an additional 6-months to complete the Nanodegree program.


Are there specific class hours when I need to be online or can I go through the lessons and study whenever I want?

You can study on your own schedule so long as you complete the course within 3 months. That is to say, you’ll have complete access to the course directly in your 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 3-month period.


Will I definitely get a job based on these scholarships?

These scholarships do not guarantee you a job. But Udacity students often do get jobs after graduating from programs like these. Check out some student stories.


What are the Terms and Conditions?

You can find more details on the Terms and Conditions here.


What if I have additional questions?

If you have additional questions that were not answered here, please please submit a support ticket via this form.


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