In line with our mission to train the world’s workforce in the careers of the future, Udacity is thrilled to announce brand new training programs with Microsoft to help professionals learn highly coveted skills with Microsoft. This collaboration kicks off with the Machine Learning Scholarship Program for Microsoft Azure, opening today, through which students will have an opportunity to earn a scholarship to the new machine learning Nanodegree program with Microsoft Azure.

With the Artificial Intelligence (AI) field continuing to grow at a fast pace and AI engineers in high demand, especially as more enterprises build new cloud applications and move old ones to the cloud, Udacity’s training program for Azure machine learning presents an amazing opportunity for those looking to further expand their skill set.

“AI is driving transformation across organizations and there is increased demand for data science skills,” said Julia White, Corporate Vice President, Azure Marketing, Microsoft. “Through our collaboration with Udacity to offer low-code and advanced courses on Azure Machine Learning, we hope to expand data science expertise as experienced professionals will truly be invaluable resources to solving business problems.” 

Azure Machine Learning has a flexible and easy-to-learn building interface, along with support for a large range of algorithms that empowers developers and data scientists with a wide range of productive experiences for building, training, and deploying machine learning models faster. 

Organizations Azure Machine Learning to its fullest potential will need professionals with these specialized skills. 

The new Udacity Machine Learning Scholarship Program for Microsoft Azure represents the first of several programs from Udacity and Microsoft to deliver training for Azure cloud services.  If you want to seize this opportunity, here’s how. 

The First Phase of the Scholarship Program

The scholarship begins with the two-month-long course: Introduction to machine learning on Azure with a Low-code Experience. This is a single course focused on completing prerequisites for the full Nanodegree program where you’ll be supported by a community moderated by Udacity.

This interactive course provides a deep dive into the world of machine learning by working in the labs with training models and laying the foundations for both supervised (classification and regression) and unsupervised (clustering) approaches. A new and unique feature of this course is Azure Labs, in which students work with live Azure environments directly within the Udacity classroom, resulting in a superior student experience and enhanced learning.

Students will then build on these foundations with more advanced techniques like ensemble learning and deep learning.

The foundations course is ideal for individuals who work in a tech role but want to grow their machine learning skills. 

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about this explosively popular field from professionals working at Microsoft. 

To earn a spot in the foundations course, students will need to submit an application and subsequently be chosen for one of up to 10,000 spots in the Foundations course. Criteria for selection include: 

  • Successful applicants will ideally have basic programming knowledge in any language, preferably Python, and be comfortable writing scripts and performing loop operations 
  • Other considerations are outlined in the scholarship application process

The New Machine Learning Nanodegree Program with Microsoft Azure

Udacity will review all students who successfully complete the Foundations course and select top performers to receive a scholarship to the new machine learning Nanodegree program with Microsoft Azure.

This typically four-month Nanodegree program will include:: 

  • Hands-on projects in an Azure environment with personalized feedback
  • Built-in Azure labs accessible inside the Udacity classroom – no need to switch back and forth between Udacity and your Azure account
  • Mentorship to clear roadblocks and help complete the course
  • Career services including resume, Github, and LinkedIn profile review
  • One-on-one calls with a career coach

Nanodegree program scholarship recipients will be selected based on the following criteria: 

  • Successful completion of the foundations coursework in phase one 
  • Level of participation and support of classmates in the student community as selected by the community team

Students who aren’t selected for the scholarship will still be able to enroll in the Nanodegree program when it is available to the general public.

Get Started Now with Machine Learning on Azure 

If you’re interested in becoming an Azure machine learning engineer and learning from experts at the forefront of the field, you can apply for the scholarship here

Applications will be open from June 10  to June 30.