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AWS AI & ML Scholarship Program

AWS is teaming up with Udacity to award 2,500 students with scholarships in 2023. Learn valuable skills to open new career opportunities in the lucrative field of AI and ML. All applicants can access 20 hours of free training modules and tutorials on the basics of machine learning with AWS DeepRacer Student.

About the AWS AI & ML Scholarship Program

If you’re a high school or college student, over the age of 16, and interested in a career in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), this scholarship program is for you.

The Amazon Web Services Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Scholarship program aims to help students who are underrepresented and underserved in tech learn foundational machine learning concepts as they prepare for a career in one of today’s hottest and fastest-growing fields.

Today's challenge

Machine learning is poised to transform virtually every industry; however, there are currently not enough trained ML developers to meet this demand—and far fewer from backgrounds underrepresented in tech.

The World Economic Forum estimates that technological advances and automation will create 97 million new technology jobs by 2025, including in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

While job opportunities in technology are growing, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, and people of color are far underrepresented in science and technology careers. For example, female workers make up only an estimated 26% of workers in data and AI roles according to The Future of Gender Parity report by the World Economic Forum.

Designed with students’ needs in mind:

  • Convenient: Courses are part-time and online so you can learn when and where it’s convenient for you.

  • Flexible: Our flexible schedule means you can put in just a few hours a week and learn at your own pace.

  • Inclusive: The scholarship is available to students globally, and aims to make the future tech workforce more diverse by removing financial barriers to AI/ML tech skill building.

  • In-depth: Students can access dozens of hours of free training modules and tutorials on ML basics and its real-world applications.

  • Cutting-edge: Students get the exciting opportunity to turn theory into action by training ML models to power a virtual race car using AWS DeepRacer Student League, a global autonomous racing competition exclusively for AWS AI & ML students.

  • Mentor-supported: In addition to tutoring from Udacity program mentors and instructors, all 2,000 students in the AWS AI & ML Scholarship Program can join monthly “Ask Me Anything” seminars with top industry practitioners from Amazon. The top 500 participants can access 1:1 mentoring from advisors from Udacity, AWS, and other institutions through Udacity Connect.
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Scholarship timeline

  1. February 1 - May 31, 2023

    AWS AI & ML Scholarship applications open on Udacity’s website.

  2. May 31, 2023

    Last day to complete prerequisites on the AWS DeepRacer Student website to earn scholarship access on Udacity.

  3. June 12, 2023

    AWS AI & ML Scholarship recipients notified.

  4. June 14, 2023

    AWS AI & ML Scholarship Nanodegree program begins.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the AWS AI & ML Scholarship Program?

    The AWS AI & ML Scholarship Program, in collaboration with Udacity, is an AI/ML-focused scholarship program providing 2,500 scholarships over 2023, as well as mentorship, to students that identify as underserved and underrepresented in technology.

    The program aims to make the future tech workforce more diverse by removing financial barriers, providing training for careers in tech, and offering mentorship support to individuals who are underserved or underrepresented in tech.

  • Are there any costs associated with applying to the AWS AI & ML Scholarship Program, including completing the prerequisites?

    No, there are no costs to apply. Additionally, all aspects of AWS DeepRacer Student, the service used to complete the application requisites, is free for students to learn, train, and participate.

  • Who can apply to the AWS AI & ML Scholarship Program?

    Any student over the age of 16 who self-identifies as underserved or underrepresented in technology and is currently enrolled in high school or college may apply (subject to terms and conditions).

  • How does the scholarship program leverage AWS DeepRacer?

    The AWS AI & ML Scholarship Program uses a student-only version of the award-winning AWS DeepRacer League to qualify participants for scholarship opportunities. This league engages students with fun, hands-on learning opportunities. Students that complete the program requisites that are over the age of 16 are invited to apply for one of 2,000 Udacity Nanodegree program scholarships, with the opportunity to continue learning with a more advanced Nanodegree program, helping them prepare for a career in technology.

  • How do I enroll in the AWS AI & ML Scholarship Program?

    Start by signing up for AWS DeepRacer Student and opt in to the AI & ML Scholarship program. There are currently over 20 hours of free content available to start learning today. Track your progress for the AI & ML scholarship program requirements on AWS DeepRacer Student. Once you complete the prerequisites, you’ll get a unique code via email that you can use to submit your application.