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Cognizant Skills Accelerator

Cognizant® is sponsoring scholarships for Udacity Nanodegree programs in 2022. Learn valuable foundational skills to open new career opportunities in Java programming.

Please note: Applications for this program have closed, but you can sign up to be notified for future programs.

About this program

If you’re over the age of 18 and interested in a career in Java programming and data operations, this scholarship program is for you.

The Cognizant Skills Accelerator aims to help students learn valuable foundational concepts in Java. As a train-to-hire program, this is an excellent opportunity to potentially begin a career at one of the world’s leading tech companies, as high-performing scholars may be eligible to interview for open roles or continue training with Cognizant post program completion.

Today's challenge

Java programming is one of the fastest-growing areas in tech; however, there are currently not enough trained developers or analysts to meet this demand.

The Java programming language can be used to build applications for a wide range of platforms—desktops, servers, mobile phones, tablets, smart TVs, and web browsers all use Java. It is highly regarded for its fast performance, reliability, and security. Plus, it was specifically designed for the distributed environment of the internet.

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 in a range of U.S. metro areas including:
  • Dallas, TX
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Pheonix, AZ
  • Tampa, FL
  • Teaneck, NJ
  • Bridgewater, NJ

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

Cutting-edge: Students get the exciting opportunity to learn competencies in one of the most in-demand and fastest-growing fields in tech.

Mentor-supported: All students can leverage guidance from Java experts and curriculum developers through monthly AMAs. Addtionally, participants can access 1:1 mentoring from these advisors.

Scholarship timeline

  1. August 8, 2022

    Applications open on Udacity's website.

  2. September 30, 2022

    Last day to submit applications to earn scholarship access on Udacity's website.

  3. October 14, 2022

    Scholarship winners announced.

  4. October 18, 2022

    Cognizant Full Stack Developer Nanodegree program begins.

  5. March 21, 2023

    Cognizant Full Stack Developer Nanodegree program ends.


  • How do I know if I am eligible for a Nanodegree program certificate?

    After submitting and passing all your projects within the timeline of your track, you will be eligible to receive a certificate.

  • Are there any required documents to receive my certificate?

    Once you finish all of your Nanodegree projects, you will be prompted to:

    1. Upload a copy of your governmental ID, passport, or driver’s license along with a photo of you through the Netverify system so that your identity can be verified.
    2. Complete a reflection survey.
  • How can I obtain my certificate?

    Once you have completed all of the required projects for your track, click the "Graduate" button. This will take you to the "Graduation Checklist," where you will be given instructions on completing the graduation process. You can watch this video to help you with the graduation process. You can watch this video to help you with the graduation process.

  • How will my name be written on the certificate?

    Certificates will be issued based on the name provided in your classroom. You can edit your name from inside your Classroom settings BEFORE graduation but not after. Please make sure that the first name and last name displayed in your Classroom settings appear in the way would like them displayed on your certificate. The name displayed on your certificate cannot be changed after graduation.

  • Can I get a hard copy of my certificate?

    Udacity only provides graduates with a digital copy of their certificates. However, you can always download and print your certificate if you wish.

  • How can I prove that I have graduated?

    Once you graduate, there will be a "View Certificate" button at the bottom of your Udacity homepage under the “Graduated” section in your Classroom. There you will find a unique link to share your verified graduation certificate. This is a publicly-viewable version of your certificate that can be shared with employers and recruiters as well as any of your social media outlets. Your certificate will provide your graduation date as well as the title of your track as proof of completion.