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FREE Udacity Scholarships

Nokia, The Blacks in Technology Foundation, and Udacity are partnering to provide 302 free scholarships to help increase educational and professional opportunities in technology for the
Black community.

Be part of the much-needed change.

Black people are dramatically underrepresented in the tech industry, which comprises some of the highest growth, most in-demand careers. Black people make up only 3% of employees in the top 75 Silicon Valley tech companies, according to a report from USAToday.

Nokia, The Blacks In Technology Foundation, and Udacity are committed to closing the divide between the numbers of tech jobs available and the number of Black people working in tech. That starts with ensuring a robust pipeline of trained, talented Black tech professionals.

Udacity’s tech skills-focused Nanodegree programs offer you the fastest, most effective way to gain job-ready expertise to change your career and change the way the workplaces of the future look.
Fast and flexible
5–10 hours per week at your own pace
Real-world projects
Built by leading experts
24/7 mentor services
Learning support from Udacity's mentors
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How it works

Submit your application between August 16 and September 27, 2021.

If you're pre-selected, you will participate in an exclusive introductory 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.

Apply before September 27!

Applications closed
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About Nokia

Nokia creates technology that helps the world act together.

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.
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About The Blacks In Technology Foundation

Blacks In Technology is a global platform for Black people in technology, and The Blacks In Technology Foundation is the largest community of Black people in the technology industry.

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.
    Intermediate Python A well prepared student can:

    • 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.
    Cloud DevOps Engineer To optimize your success in this program, we’ve created a list of prerequisites and recommendations to help you prepare for the curriculum. To enroll, you should have experience in the following:
    • 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
    All Challenge Course participants will receive an email notifying them of the selection decision.
  • 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: or

  • I have more questions!

    Please submit your questions to us using this form.