Eskwelabs believes that “Talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not.” So let’s bridge that gap!

A data scientist job has been consistently hailed as one of the "best jobs of the 21st century.” We know that not everyone can access this opportunity, but we know that there are still people persevering and powering through in order to become future data scientists. These are the people who are determined on getting a data science skills education. The existence of scholarship opportunities—like these ones for the Data Science Fellowship—are one of the ways we can make more opportunities available for the talent that is out there.

Key points in this Admissions Team blog post:

The Aral-Aral Scholarship
  • What is it?
  • Who is a good candidate for the Aral-Aral scholarship?
  • Aral-Aral Scholarship FAQs
The Data for Good Scholarship
  • What is it?
  • Who is a good candidate for the Data for Good scholarship?
  • Data for Good Scholarship FAQs
General Scholarship FAQs

We’ve compiled everything you need to know about the Aral-Aral Scholarship and the Data for Good Scholarship. In this blog post we take the key points above and go into more detail for each one.

Let’s start with the Aral-Aral Scholarship!

About the Aral-Aral Scholarship

We are offering the "Aral-Aral" full-ride scholarship for the Data Science Fellowship. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of merit and need. The scholarship covers the full course fees for the Fellowship, worth P60,000 (USD 1,200).

In addition to financial support, the scholarship provides access to the Eskwelabs Data Science Fellowship community, a group of graduates who are junior data scientists and passionate about positively impacting the world through data science. We also provide leadership development opportunities to mentor others through the Aral-Aral online community.

Who is a good candidate for the Aral-Aral scholarship?

  • You have demonstrated a track record of academic commitment through:
    • Achieving a high score on the Eskwelabs Data Science entrance exam
    • Completing Aral-Aral practice sets
    • Actively participating in the Learning Circles
  • You are willing to coach and mentor others and have community building experience.*
  • You are in a position where the cost of the program is a significant financial burden.

*Aral-Aral Scholars may commit 2-3 hours per month to host online Aral-Aral Learning Circles within the free Eskwelabs Aral-Aral Community, to push for a more data literate Philippines. Scholars are not expected to teach, but rather facilitate discussions and tutorials using materials from Eskwelabs.

Aral-Aral Scholarship FAQs

How can I apply for the Aral-Aral Scholarship?

  • Sign up and complete the Entrance Assessment for Data Science Fellowship Program.
  • Once you have accomplished the Entrance Assessment, you may submit your Scholarship Application Essay until October 21 only.
  • Once you have passed the Entrance Assessment and completed the fit interview, our team will evaluate your scholarship application. You will then be invited for a scholarship interview with our Education Team.
  • Scholarship results will be released 10 days before the start of the classes.

What are the important dates to remember for the Aral-Aral Scholarship?

  • Deadline of Scholarship Application: Submit Scholarship Application until October 21 only.
  • Interview Period: October 25 - 27, 2021
  • We cannot consider candidates who have not completed the Entrance Assessment and fit interview for the Fellowship, and the Aral-Aral Scholarship Application.
  • We are considering 1 Aral-Aral scholar per cohort currently, but we plan to increase the scholarship slots in future cohorts.

Now, let’s look at the Data for Good Scholarship!

About the Data for Good Scholarship

We are offering the "Data for Good" full-ride scholarship for the Data Science Fellowship. This scholarship is a competitive scholarship for incoming Fellows who pursue data science solutions for urgent social and environmental challenges. The incoming Fellows know that data science has the potential to change not just business and industries but civil society organizations to make better decisions—better decisions to benefit everyone. The scholarship covers the full course fees for the Fellowship, worth P60,000 (US$1,200).

The scholarship provides funding for any learner who is dedicated to work with a social purpose, who has pursued an impact career, or who wishes to improve their knowledge of data-driven decision making, so they can be more effective in their subsequent social change pursuits.

In addition to financial support, the scholarship provides access to the Eskwelabs Data Science Fellowship community, a group of graduates who are junior data scientists and passionate about positively impacting the world through data science. We also provide exclusive opportunities to work on data science for good projects with Eskwelabs partners.

Who is a good candidate for the Data for Good scholarship?

  • You have identified opportunities and taken action in order to make a positive social impact.
  • You have spent preferably at least 2 years driving change. For example, you could have:
    • Created and led the expansion of a social impact initiative within an organization.
    • Founded or grown an impact venture or initiative.
    • Been tackling a specific social/environmental issue, through a core thread that unites your work.
    • You have apprenticed with the problem* or experienced the problem you are trying to solve.
  • You can demonstrate why a data science education is essential in helping you develop your work/impact at this stage.
  • You are in a position where the cost of the programme is a significant financial burden.
  • You can demonstrate the need for the scholarship (for example, due to previous work experiences or personal circumstances).

*“Apprenticing with a Problem,” a term we borrowed from this Daniela Papi-Thorton's work here. This refers to someone developing a deep understanding of a problem they did not live through themselves, e.g. by working in the field, working at a related organization, conducting research, etc.

Data for Good Scholarship FAQs

How can I apply for the Data for Good Scholarship?

  • Sign up and complete the Entrance Assessment for Data Science Fellowship Program.
  • Once you have accomplished the Entrance Assessment, you may submit your Scholarship Application Essay until October 21 only.
  • Once you have passed the Entrance Assessment and completed the fit interview, our team will evaluate your scholarship application. You will then be invited for a scholarship interview with our Education Team.
  • Scholarship results will be released 10 days before the start of the classes.

What are the important dates to remember for the Data for Good Scholarship?

  • Deadline of Scholarship Application: Submit Scholarship Application until October 21 only.
  • Interview Period: October 25 - 27, 2021
  • We cannot consider candidates who have not completed the Entrance Assessment and fit interview for the Fellowship, and the Data for Good Scholarship Application.
  • We are considering 1 Data for Good scholar per cohort currently, but we plan to increase the scholarship slots in future cohorts.

Below are general scholarship FAQs that are applicable to both the Aral-Aral Scholarship and Data for Good Scholarship.

General Scholarship FAQs

What is the expectation from scholarship recipients?

Upon being offered a scholarship, the candidate will receive a letter of agreement which outlines what is expected during and after the Fellowship. Examples may include acting as ambassadors for Eskwelabs, hosting Aral-Aral Learning Circles, recruiting future scholars, serving on the scholarship alumni board, and responding to media inquiries amongst others.

Who provides the Scholarship?

Eskwelabs' team is committed to social impact. Currently the scholarship is funded from Eskwelabs and we are looking for external partners to increase the size of our scholarship pool.

Will you let me know if I am not selected?

We will release the scholarship results no later than November 2, 2021.

If I do not receive the scholarship I am applying for, how can I fund my data science skills education in the Data Science Fellowship?

We urge you to finance your tuition through our financing partner: Bukas.ph. You may read this blog post to learn more about this option.


Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions! There are actually several ways to reach out. Feel free to choose the one that is most convenient for you. We are here to help you in your admissions journey.


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RECOMMENDED READING

  • If this is your first time reading about the Data Science Fellowship, we recommend checking out the program in more detail here.
  • Ready to apply? Get started by signing up here. Cohort 8 of the Data Science Fellowship starts on November 15, 2021; the admissions process is currently ongoing!<