Intel® Edge AI Scholarship Program

Build and deploy AI models at the edge! Leverage the potential of edge computing using the Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit to fast-track development of high-performance computer vision and deep learning inference applications. Apply to the Intel® Edge AI Fundamentals Course for the chance to participate in a vibrant student community and to earn one of 750 Nanodegree program scholarships to continue your education with the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit and other computer vision tools.

Learn Edge AI with Intel®


Stay at the cutting-edge of AI technology by gaining practical skills for deploying edge AI.


Learn how to use the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit to deploy computer vision capabilities inside a range of edge applications.


Join a community of peers at the forefront of the next big advancement in AI technology.

How it works

This scholarship is open to all applicants interested in learning how to work with computer vision deep learning models at the edge. Applicants 18 years of age or older are invited to apply.

We’ll review all applications and select recipients to participate in the Intel® Edge AI Fundamentals Course. This is where your learning begins! Recipients will spend 2.5 months optimizing powerful computer vision deep learning models. The initial fundamentals course is intended for students with some background in AI and computer vision, with experience in either Python or C++ and familiarity with command line basics.

Top students from the initial fundamentals course will be selected for one of 750 follow-up scholarships to the brand-new Intel® Edge AI for IoT Developers Nanodegree program.

Fundamentals Course


Intel® Edge AI Fundamentals Course

  • With a projected 48 billion devices connected to the IoT by 2021, Edge Computing is poised to bring the power of AI to the Internet of Things.

  • Learn how to use the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit to deploy computer vision applications at the network edge for the Internet of Things.

  • Participate in a vibrant student community, commit to dedicating 5-10 hours a week on the course, and work towards earning one of the follow-up Nanodegree scholarships by showing your leadership and dedication to secure and private AI.

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Intel® Edge AI Fundamentals Course

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    Applications Due

    December 10, 2019 (12pm Pacific Time)

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    Recipients notified

    December 13, 2019

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    Recipients begin program

    December 16, 2019

The application is for individuals with some AI exposure who want to deepen their understanding of Computer Vision and Deep Learning. The application process, as well as the student experience in the course, will be in English, and all applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Apply by Dec 10, 2019 (12pm Pacific Time)


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  • How does this scholarship program work?

    The scholarship program begins with the application. All students interested in the scholarship opportunity should submit a completed application before the application deadline. All applicants will then be notified of the admissions decision via email, regardless of whether they are accepted into the program. Accepted students will receive instructions via email about how they can enroll in the initial scholarship fundamentals course.

    Phase 1: Scholarship Fundamentals Course

    In the first phase of the Intel® Edge AI Scholarship Program, students will receive rigorous training, typically requiring a few hours of work per week for 2.5 months. Students in the fundamentals course will be trained on job relevant skills in Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit fundamentals, receive a robust community experience supported by Udacity mentors and a dedicated Community Manager, and have a chance to qualify for a full Nanodegree program scholarship. At the end of the fundamentals course, Udacity in collaboration with Intel will select 750 students to be awarded a full scholarship to a Udacity Nanodegree program. Selections will be made based on successful completion of lessons and quizzes in Phase 1 and student participation and support of classmates in the student community.

    Phase 2: Full Scholarship for a Udacity Nanodegree program

    750 students in the program will earn a scholarship to a new Nanodegree program being developed with Intel®. Nanodegree programs typically require several hours of work per week for the duration of the Nanodegree program. This program will offer world-class curriculum, a groundbreaking classroom experience, industry-leading instructors, thorough project reviews, and a full suite of career services.

  • What will I learn?

    In the initial scholarship fundamentals course, you will learn to accelerate the development and deployment of high-performance computer vision and deep learning solutions, using a wide range of hardware and the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit. The subsequent Nanodegree program will introduce you to the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit, which allows developers to deploy pre-trained deep learning models through a high-level C++ or Python inference engine API integrated with application logic. Based on convolutional neural networks (CNN), the toolkit extends workloads across Intel® hardware (including accelerators) and maximizes performance.

  • How will it help me?

    Computer vision and edge AI are becoming instrumental in powering everything from amusement parks to shopping malls to healthcare centers, and this program will teach fluency in some of the most cutting-edge technologies.

  • 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 2.5 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 consistent progress each and every week and get through all the content before the end of the 2.5-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.

  • 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.

  • When will applications open and close?

    Online applications for the scholarship will be available from November 12, 2019 to December 10, 2019.

  • How many spots will be available?

    Upon completion of the fundamentals course, Udacity and Intel® will provide 750 Udacity scholarships.

  • How is Phase 1 of this scholarship different from Udacity's single course offerings?

    Udacity's single courses consist of lessons, videos, and quizzes. But they do not provide comprehensive staff support available to answer technical questions, review student projects, and provide guidance and help. Scholarship students in Phase 1 of this program will receive technical guidance from community mentors and will participate in an actively managed scholarship student community where they can engage with and receive support from their fellow classmates.

  • Which Nanodegree program is included in Phase 2?

    After the fundamentals course, full Nanodegree program scholarships will be awarded to students based on the progress in Phase 1 and their contributions to the Udacity community. The scholarships awarded will be for a brand-new Nanodegree program that Udacity and Intel® are currently developing together.

  • How will the full Nanodegree program scholarships be earned?

    After the initial 2.5-month Phase 1 of the program ends, follow-up scholarships will be provided for a Udacity Nanodegree program in a related field. Students will be evaluated based on successful completion of lessons and quizzes in Phase 1 in addition to their active participation and support of classmates in the student community.

  • What are the Terms and Conditions?

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

    Intel® and the Intel® logo are trademarks of Intel® Corporation or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries. OpenVINO is a trademark of Intel® Corporation or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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