Data Science

AWS & Udacity Offer Scholarships for Premium Machine Learning Engineer Nanodegree

Once in a while, great companies partner with Udacity to offer scholarships and help students build highly in-demand skills in the field of Data Science.

This time, Amazon Web Services sponsored the AWS Machine Learning Scholarship Program, in which we’ll have the opportunity to learn the foundations, as well as more advanced skills to become professional Machine Learning Engineers, while learning to use some of the most in-demand tools and technologies in the AWS ecosystem.


  • The applicant must be 18 or older🔞

Who should apply

This program is oriented to developers of all skill sets, from beginner and intermediate machine learning professionals.

How it works

The program takes place 100% online and has 2 phases:

  • Phase 1: Scholarship Foundations Course
  • Phase 2: Full Scholarship for a Udacity Nanodegree program

Phase 1: Scholarship Foundations Course

In the foundations course, students will learn how to write production-level code and practice object oriented programming, as well as deep-learning techniques to apply in real-world scenarios.

“The course will help students develop object-oriented programming skills including writing clean and modular code and also introduce key AWS machine learning technologies, namely Amazon AI Services and Amazon AI Devices and apply their skills in the AWS lab environment.”

From May 19, 2020 you’ll be able to enroll for free in the Foundations Course and you will have until July 31, 2020 to complete it.

This course should take you around 3-5 hours per week if you start in May, but you can follow the lessons at your own pace. Once you complete the course, you’ll receive a certificate for having completed the course. Finally, you will receive instructions to take an online assessment quiz (within the aforementioned period) to be eligible for the Phase 2.

Phase 2: Full Scholarship for a Udacity Nanodegree program

The top 325 scorers will receive the full scholarship for Udacity’s popular Nanodegree program: AWS Machine Learning Engineer.

These kind of Nanodegrees are usually priced at around 400$/month, so it’s definitely an opportunity you don’t want to miss!

In this nanodegree you will get the chance to learn advanced machine learning techniques and algorithms.

“This program will offer world-class curriculum, a groundbreaking classroom experience, industry-leading instructors, thorough project reviews, and a full suite of career services.”

Students selected for Phase 2 who complete the full Nanodegree program will be awarded a Nanodegree certificate.

The nanodegree students should expect to invest about 10 hours per week during the program, which should run for 2 months.

How to enroll

The enrollment opens on May 19, 2020. However you can sign up right now to be notified when the course opens its (virtual) doors.

Some personal thoughts

Even if you don’t pass to the Phase 2, I think it’s worthy to complete the Foundations Course, as it’s a great opportunity to sharpen all the basics of ML and learn about these highly on-demand technologies in the AWS ecosystem.

You’ll be able to interact with other students in the same community and help each other. Additionally, if you were looking for some motivation to start learning ML, this is a great challenge to get in the habit of studying a bit every week while having a sense of community that will encourage you to continue making progress.

I will definitely enroll to this course, let me know if you’re joining me!✨

Thank you for your time and I really hope this post was informative 😊

See you in the next one! 🚀