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How it works
How it works
Submit your application between August 16 and September 27, 2021.
2-MONTH CHALLENGE COURSE
If you're pre-selected, you will participate in an exclusive introductory program.
5-MONTH NANODEGREE PROGRAM
If you're selected as one of 302 scholarship recipients, you will begin your program.
After completing your Nanodegree program, you will receive an official certificate.
Take a look at one of the Nanodegree Programs you can choose from:
Take a look at one of the Nanodegree Programs you can choose from:See All Programs
70% of Udacity students surveyed indicated that a Nanodegree program helped them advance their careers.
"Thanks to the new skills and projects I developed, I was able to explore the field of Data Science and find a job as a Data Scientist."
"I was enrolled in college and working part-time at a restaurant when Udacity helped me to learn the skills I needed to get a job in a field I've always been interested in."
"The best part about the courses is that they clearly show you why you need to do something—rather than just how to do it—so it is almost like reading a story."
"Udacity helped me upgrade my skills to get a new job at AT&T."
As a trusted partner for critical networks, they are committed to innovation and technology leadership across mobile, fixed and cloud networks. They create value with intellectual property and long-term research, led by the award-winning Nokia Bell Labs.
Adhering to the highest standards of integrity and security, they help build the capabilities needed for a more productive, sustainable and inclusive world.
Learn more about Nokia.
About The Blacks In Technology Foundation
About The Blacks In Technology Foundation
Through community-focused activities, events and outreach, BIT is "Stomping the Divide" by establishing standards for world class technical excellence. BIT serves members through community, media and mentorship, providing resources and guidance and challenging members to establish new standards of innovation.
Learn more about Blacks In Technology.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Nokia + Blacks in Technology Scholarship Program?
The Blacks in Technology Foundation, Nokia & Udacity are partnering to provide 302 Free Scholarships to help increase educational and professional opportunities for the Black community. We want to help close the skills gap for the Black community and increase diversity in tech roles by creating a pipeline of qualified candidates in desirable fields such as Cloud DevOps Engineer, AI Programming with Python, Java Programming , Data Structures and Algorithms, Intermediate Python.
Who can apply?
Anyone 18 years of age and above is encouraged to apply. Scholarship recipients should be prepared to invest about 5–10 hours per week during the Nanodegree programs. Scholarships are open to applicants based anywhere in the world.
What are the prerequisites?
AI Programming with Python Formal prerequisites include basic knowledge of algebra and basic programming in any language. You will also need to be able to communicate fluently and professionally in written and spoken English.
Java Programming No prior Java experience is required, but you should be familiar with basic programming concepts like variables, loops, conditionals and methods. You should be comfortable running applications on Windows, MacOS or Linux.
Data Structures and Algorithms To optimize your chances of success in the Data Structures and Algorithms Nanodegree program, you should have the following knowledge:
- Intermediate Python programming
- Basic algebra.
- Understand the basics of object-oriented programming.
- Read basic Python syntax, including using white space in Python.
- Distinguish between object types like integers and strings in scripts.
- Use Python to build basic algorithms for simple programs (i.e. a one dimensional game like rock, paper, scissors) and scripts that automate common tasks (i.e. renaming files).
- Write and run basic programming scripts in a terminal that include function definitions and loops.
- Basic knowledge of Linux Command Lines
- Basic understanding of any programming language
What is the program language?
English is the language for the Challenge Courses and all Udacity Nanodegree programs. The scholarship student community will also be managed in English.
Where does the program take place?
The program takes place 100% online. Students can work from wherever they want to, as long as they have a working internet connection.
How does this scholarship program work?
Phase 1: 3,020 scholarship applicants will be selected to participate in a Challenge Course in one of the Nanodegree tracks, beginning in September 2021. During this first phase of the scholarship, students work through one of the five initial Challenge Courses that comprise of course text, content and quizzes (no projects) over the course of 2 months. Learners should be prepared to invest about 3–5 hours per week during this period. Challenge course recipients participating in this initial phase of the program will also engage with classmates in a robust, actively managed, student community. Phase 2: 302 students will be awarded a scholarship to either the AI programming with Python, Intermediate Python, Java Programming, Data Structures and Algorithms, and Cloud DevOps Engineer Nanodegree program. Access to these Nanodegree programs includes expert project reviews and real human project reviewers. These full Nanodegree program scholarships will be awarded in January 2022. Applicants should be prepared to invest about 5–10 hours per week for approximately 5 months.
Can I apply to more than one track?
Applicants must choose their one preferred track and can only apply once. Make sure to select the one you are most interested in but also fully qualified for.
When will the results be announced? When do classes start?
Applications Accepted: August 16, 2021 - September 27, 2021
Scholarship Challenge Announced: October 7, 2021
Scholarship Challenge: October 11, 2021 - December 11, 2021
Scholarship Winners Announced: December 21, 2021
Scholarship: January 10, 2022 - June 10, 2022
Are there specific class hours when students need to be online or can they go through the lessons and study whenever they want?
After class starts, participants can study on their own schedule as long as they complete the course in the predefined time. That is to say, they will have complete access to the course directly in their 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 course.
What are the technical requirements for participating in this program?
Udacity’s full technical requirements are listed here.
What are the criteria for being selected as one of the Scholarship winners?
Eligibility requirements include:
- 100% Completion of the Challenge Course
- Top score among the group in the final assessment
- Current location in the U.S. preferred
What are the Terms & Conditions?
The full Terms and Conditions are posted here.
Do scholarship recipients have to pay anything to participate?
No! The program is completely free to all scholarship recipients. Scholarship recipients only need to provide their own internet connection.
Who will manage communication with the participants and support them during the scholarship program?
Udacity will provide participants with all necessary information during the scholarship program. This will include everything from announcement emails after Udacity reviews applications, to ongoing student encouragement emails to scholarship recipients, to next step details at the end of each stage, and more. Emails will come from: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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