Making data science more affordable and accessible for everyone is part of Dataquest’s mission. We've given out thousands of scholarships over the past year, and since times are tough for a lot of people right now, we've decided to open our Covid-19 Financial Aid scholarship to another round of applications.
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Who can apply?
Anyone can apply, but we ask two things: that you have a genuine need and that you complete at least one mission on Dataquest before May 27.
More on need: we recognize this is subjective, and it's not easy for us to assess. We ask you to please be honest. We can only give out a limited number of subscriptions, so if you can afford a Dataquest subscription but you apply anyway, you might be taking a spot away from someone who really needs it.
Dataquest is entirely funded by your subscriptions. Without paying subscribers, these scholarship programs would not be possible! If you can, please subscribe: Premium annual subscriptions are now 50% off.
More on the mission completion requirement: You may fill out and send your application before completing a mission, but you must complete at least one mission on the platform prior to that date (UTC time zone) for your application to be considered.
The reason for the mission requirement is that we want to be sure these scholarships go to people who will use them. You can sign up for a free Dataquest account here and then choose any of the numerous free missions available to complete.
If you already have a Dataquest account and have completed a mission, you're all set — just make sure that you apply using the same email account you use for Dataquest.
Note that you may not apply for this scholarship if you have previously received a scholarship from Dataquest.
What You Get
This 2020 scholarship will work a bit differently from previous iterations. Successful applicants will receive three months of free Dataquest Basic access, which includes access to all of our Data Analyst in Python and Data Analyst in R paths.
Applicants who complete at least one course in the first three months will get an extension with three more months of free access. The most active learners (based on community participation and course completion) will receive an upgrade to Premium access.
Here’s how it works:
- All successful applicants receive three months of free Basic access.
- All applicants who complete at least one course in the first three months will receive an additional three months of free access.
- A small number of applicants who have completed quite a few courses and who've been active in the community will receive 3 months of Premium access
(If you’re not clear on exactly what a “course” means in this context, the Dataquest Basics section of this article should clear it up).
How Do I Apply?
All you need to do is fill out and submit this application form before May 27, 2020 (UTC timezone).
You may submit your application before you’ve completed a mission on Dataquest, but remember that you also need to have completed at least one mission on Dataquest by 4/17 to be eligible!
How Do I Complete a Mission?
If you already have a Dataquest account and have completed a mission before, you’re all set! Just be sure to use the same email for your application that you use for your Dataquest account.
If you don’t already have a Dataquest account, you can sign up for a free Dataquest account here. Once you’re on the platform, you can complete any available mission — we have many free missions — to become eligible for this scholarship.
You can confirm you’ve completed a mission on the platform if you see this green checkmark in on the dashboard screen next to a mission name:
Inside the mission itself, you can also click the sandwich menu icon in the bottom left to view your progress on every screen. If every screen in the mission has a green checkmark, as in the image below, the mission is complete:
This guide to using Dataquest is a good resource for answering questions about the platform if you have them.
How will you assess applications?
We will assess applications primarily based on your responses and whether or not you’ve completed a mission.
Depending on how many applications we receive, we may also use additional methods for filtering applicants.
What are my chances of being accepted?
It’s impossible to say for sure, since we don’t know the volume of applications we’ll receive.
Based on application volume from previous scholarship programs, your chances of being accepted are decent as long as you genuinely meet the criteria for application, you fill out your application thoughtfully and truthfully, and you complete a mission by the required date.
However, the application volume is likely to be greater for this program than previous programs, and we cannot make any promises about acceptance rates or any particular student’s chances.
How will I know whether I was accepted?
Accepted students will be notified via the email address listed in their application before June 4, 2020.
If you do not receive an email by that date, your application was not accepted. We will only notify accepted students via email.
If accepted, when will my free access begin?
If you are accepted, your first three months of access will begin on June 6, 2020.
If you complete at least one course before August 28, 2020, you will be notified about your extension, and another three months of access will be granted.
This is a cool idea! How can I help?
Our goal is to help as many people as possible learn data skills, and with your help, we can multiply the impact of this scholarship program.