Advance Africa Scholarship Program – 1,000 Available Scholarships for Young Africans

The Advance Africa Scholarship Program is a joint venture by Access Bank and Udacity to award 1,000 available scholarships for young Africans in 2021.

Through the program, the head organizations hope to empower people in Africa to advance their careers with in-demand skills.

Application deadline: August 31, 2021

Advance Africa Scholarship Program Details

American for-profit educational organization Udacity is partnering with Access Bank, a multinational commercial bank, to aid young Africans interested in learning tech-forward skills to kick-start careers in the banking industry.

Both companies are eager to provide hands-on learning opportunities in fields such as:

  • Business Analytics
  • Programming
  • Data Science
  • Product Management
  • Digital Marketing

In turn, accepted scholars of the Advance Africa Scholarship Program will complete a portfolio of real-world projects that demonstrate mastery of highly sought-after tech skills.

Udacity and Access Bank are committed to closing the divide between the number of tech jobs available and the number of Africans working in tech by providing opportunities to those who would not otherwise have them. That starts with ensuring a robust pipeline of trained, talented tech professionals. Together, the organizations are offering:

  • 1,000 Nanodegree program scholarships for Africans to build practical, in-demand, cutting-edge tech skills.
  • Engagement with classmates in a robust, actively managed, student community.
  • Subject matter experts and on-demand tutors.

The scholarship will create upskilling opportunities for individuals and give them the skills needed in the digital world. In fact, the tech industry comprises some of the highest growth, most in-demand careers today.

Eligibility of Young Africans

The available scholarships for young Africans are open to anyone aged 20 years old and above.

On another note, scholarship recipients should be prepared to invest about 5–10 hours per week during the Nanodegree programs.

Below is the projected timeline for the scholarship’s first cohort:

  • Applications Accepted: August 2, 2021 – August 31, 2021
  • Challenge Winners Announced: September 10, 2021
  • Challenge Course: September 13, 2021- October 18, 2021
  • Scholarship Winners Announced: October 28, 2021
  • Scholarship: October 29, 2021 – December 24, 2021

Please take note of the following dates and make sure of your availability for participation prior to applying.

How to Apply

Start your upskilling journey by applying online for the Advance Africa Scholarship Program. On the link, you’ll find individual Nanodegree programs for enrollment. It consists of multiple courses that build practical, job-ready skills with hands-on projects set in real-world contexts.

Search for a program on the site and request to enroll in the offering that best fits your interest.


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