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, LGBTQ+ people, people with disability, and people of color are underrepresented in science and technology careers. For example, female workers make up an estimated 26% of workers in Data and AI roles, according to The Future of Gender Parity report by the World Economic Forum.
HOW IT WORKS
Enroll in AWS DeepRacer Student, where students can access 20 hours of AWS AI & ML content at launch, receive 10 hours of model training, and 5 GB of storage per month to participate in the AWS DeepRacer Student League. Be sure to opt into the AI & ML Scholarship to begin the application prerequisites.
Udacity will then award 2,000 students with a scholarship for the Udacity AI Programming with Python Nanodegree program (1,000 in a summer cohort and 1,000 in a winter cohort.) All 2,000 students will have the opportunity to attend monthly virtual mentoring events with industry experts. This four-month course teaches the foundational skills for obtaining a career in AI & ML, in a collaborative virtual class environment with mentorship from Udacity, Amazon, and Intel advisors.
All graduates from the winter and summer cohorts will be invited to take an assessment. The 500 students with the highest score on the assessment will earn a second Udacity Nanodegree Program Scholarship to help further prepare them for a career in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Additionally, the top 500 students in the AWS AI & ML Scholarship program will have access to one-to-one mentorship opportunities from tenured machine learning experts from Amazon, Intel and other institutions to provide career advice for 12 months.
The program is 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 experts from Amazon and Intel. The top 500 participants can access 1:1 mentoring from expert advisors from Udacity, AWS, Intel, and other institutions through Udacity Connect
Journey & Timelines
DECEMBER 1, 2021
AWS DeepRacer Student League pre-season starts
MARCH 1, 2022
AWS DeepRacer Student League starts
APRIL 11 - JULY 13, 2022
AWS AI & ML Scholarship applications open on Udacity’s website (Summer cohort)
JUNE 30, 2022
Last day to complete prerequisites on the AWS DeepRacer Student website to earn Summer cohort scholarship access on Udacity
JULY 14 - OCTOBER 18, 2022
AWS AI & ML Scholarship applications open on Udacity’s website (Winter cohort)
JULY 27, 2022
AWS AI & ML Scholarship Nanodegree Program 1 opens (Summer cohort)
SEPTEMBER 30, 2022
Last day to complete prerequisites on the AWS DeepRacer Student website to earn Winter cohort scholarship access on Udacity
NOVEMBER 1, 2022
AWS AI & ML Scholarship Nanodegree Program 1 opens (Winter cohort)
TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2023
AWS AI & ML Scholarship Nanodegree Program 2 opens
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the AWS AI & ML Scholarship program?The AWS AI & ML Scholarship program, in collaboration with Intel and Udacity, is an AI/ML-focused scholarship program providing 2,500 scholarships over 2022 and 2023, as well as a mentorship program, 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 a career in tech, and offering mentorship support to individuals that 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 on Udacity coming March 1, 2022).
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 (from high school students over the age of 16 to college students) are invited to apply for one of 2,500 Udacity Nanodegree scholarships, with the opportunity to continue learning with a more advanced nanodegree, 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 is 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.