The Data Driven Analytics Scholarship

Data Driven Analytics – supporting the next generation of Australian Data Engineers and Data Scientists

A scholarship designed to support the growing business analytics and data science industries for students who show they have the ability to show innovative thinking using data and analytics. By helping to support, mentor and develop students who have a natural ability working with data and artificial intelligence, we can help Australians to be recognised worldwide for their impressive skills. By assisting students financially, they have more time to allocate to their studies and by providing expert mentoring, students will have the opportunity to learn real-world skills, preparing them for a successful career.

Scholarship overview

The DDA Scholarship was created in 2019 by Consulting Director, Jason Tan. Passionate about data analytics, Jason sees this as an opportunity to support the next generation of data specialists who are currently studying. The objective of the scholarship is to provide some financial support and expert mentoring to the successful recipients which will in turn create graduates who are better prepared to enter the workforce.

Who can apply?

All domestic and international students who are currently studying at an Australian university whose degree outcome directly relates to employment opportunities in business analytics and data science.

In addition you must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be studying a course at a Bachelors level or higher (both undergraduate and postgraduate students may apply)
  • Have completed at least 1 semester of full-time study (4 units)
  • Have a study load of at least 2 units per semester
  • Not have previously applied for the DDA Scholarship

Scholarship value

The scholarship is valued at $1,000 and will be paid to the scholarship winner in two installments, shortly after the census date for each semester. Proof of enrollment at census date will be required. The scholarship award can be used by the recipient to help with their tuition fees, study materials or living expenses.

The application process

At DDA, we like to challenge conventional thinking. We pride ourselves on being able to think creatively in a dynamic and ever-changing data driven world.

As a result, your application should show us how you can think creatively by using data to solve a social issue of your choice. Select one of the Universal Sustainable Development Goals (https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/sustainable-development-goals.html) and consider how you could use data to solve a sustainable development goal of your choosing.

While research into your chosen sustainable development goal is recommended, we are not looking for a literature review or summary of what currently exists. What we want to see is some blue sky thinking to address the social issue by using your knowledge of data analytics and data science in a new and interesting way. Finding the right balance between innovative, creative thinking, while also developing a realistic solution will be the key to success in your submission.

Word limit: 1,000 words (+/- 10%)
Presentation: Report structure

Selection process

Your written report will be reviewed by DDA Director Jason Tan together with a selection panel. Jason and the selection panel will be interested to see your creativity, innovative thinking and realistic approach together with specific examples of how you will use analytics, data and AI to solve the social issue of your choosing.

Please also include your most recent university transcript which details grades awarded for units completed.

Relevant dates

Submissions to enter for the scholarship will open on February 1st and will be open until 31st May each year.

The scholarship will be awarded on the 15th June and the winner notified via phone and email.

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