Udacity announced the applications open for 15,000 scholarships data, artificial intelligence, and Cloud-computing funded by Bertelsmann. This scholarship program is a part of a three-year commitment between Bertelsmann and Udacity to offer 50,000 scholarships globally across these emerging technologies.
Applicants are expected to send their applications by 6 November 2019. Applicants must focus on these three subjects while applying for the scholarship: Cloud, i.e. applications for online-based IT infrastructures; Data, i.e. applications for the analysis and interpretation of large volumes of data; Artificial Intelligence, i.e. applications related to machine learning and intelligent algorithms.
These scholarships are the first stage of a two-phase global initiative by both the organisations. Those selected will first participate in a three-and-a-half-month Scholarship Challenge out of which the top 5,000 performing Challenge phase students in each subject area will be awarded a full scholarship for a Udacity Nanodegree program: Cloud DevOps Engineer, Data Analyst, or Deep Learning. You can find further information and submit an application at www.udacity.com/bertelsmann-tech-scholarships or using the hashtag #50000chances.
Lalit Singh, COO, Udacity said: “The world is becoming increasingly digital, and as a result, every job in every industry is becoming a technology job. And while the industry demand for technical skills and proficiency is high, the supply is low. It is our shared goal with Bertelsmann to bridge this gap to empower people with the necessary digital skills of the future that will allow them to successfully advance in their careers and shape the future, which is why we are excited to move forward with about this next phase of the process.”
Gabriel Dalporto, CEO of Udacity added: “Bertelsmann and Udacity share a commitment to train new talent and diversify the talent pool in these three exciting fields. I’m confident that the Bertelsmann Scholarship Program will empower learners to master new skills and land some of the most exciting and in-demand jobs available today!”
Thomas Rabe, Chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann, said: “Bertelsmann has set itself the goal of becoming the most technologically advanced media, services, and education company. We are particularly looking at opportunities in the fields of Cloud, Data, and Artificial Intelligence. We consider it our responsibility to empower as many people as possible to be successful in the digital world, and to support policymakers in this. The continuing-education initiatives that we carried out in cooperation with Udacity and Google in the past met with great interest – which is why we are awarding more scholarships than ever before over the next three years: around 50,000.”
Bertelsmann and Udacity will select the scholarship recipients in November 2019, and the winners will begin the Challenge course in the same month. Depending on the individual’s pre-existing knowledge, participants can expect to spend between three and five hours a week over the duration of the course. The scholarships are aimed at both beginners (basic computer skills are recommended) and experienced programmers.