Making data science more affordable and accessible for everyone is part of Dataquest’s mission. Our previous scholarship programs have been highly successful, and now we’re pleased to announce not one but two new scholarship programs:
- Underrepresented Genders 2020 Scholarship (You are here)
- Data for Social Good Scholarship
The remainder of this post will focus on the Underrepresented Genders scholarship. For details about the Data for Social Good Scholarship, please visit this page.
Who is Eligible?
There are two eligibility requirements for this scholarship:
- You must certify that you identify as a gender that’s underrepresented in the data science field (in other words, that you identify as a woman, transgender, nonbinary, or gender non-conforming).
- You must complete at least one mission on Dataquest before December 16.
(Please be honest about your gender identity. If you’re not eligible for this scholarship, check out the Data for Social Good scholarship instead).
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 this is that we want to be sure these scholarships go to people who will actually use them. You can sign up for a free Dataquest account here and then choose any of the numerous free missions available to complete.)
Note that you may apply for this scholarship even if you have previously received a scholarship from Dataquest.
What You Get
This 2020 scholarship will work a bit differently from the first Underrepresented Genders scholarship that we launched as a pilot in early 2019. Successful applicants for the Underrepresented Genders 2020 scholarship can receive up to six months of free Premium access.
Here’s how it works:
- All successful applicants receive three months of free Premium access.
- All applicants who complete at least one course in the first three months will receive an additional three months of free access.
Why this approach? The data from our first two scholarship programs show that being able to unlock additional access by completing a course leads to higher engagement rates, and by extension, more learning!
(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).
Getting Dataquest Premium access means that you have access to all of our course content and all of our guided projects. Whatever you’re interested in studying, you’ll find in our data science courses.
It also means you’ll get access to our user community for asking questions, teaming up on projects, and networking.
How Do I Apply?
If you identify as a woman, as nonbinary, or as gender non-conforming, all you need to do is fill out and submit this application form before Dec. 15, 2019 (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 12/16 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 December 24, 2019.
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 Premium access begin? If you are accepted, your three months of Premium access will begin on January 1, 2020.
If you complete at least one course before March 20, 2020, you will be notified about your extension, and another three months of access will be granted on March 27.
This is a cool idea! How can I help? Share this article in your social media feeds and tell friends who might be eligible to consider applying! 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.