1. Applications start via our pre-application process by answering a few simple questions (5 minute completion time). Our team will review your application and suitable candidates will be admitted to the 10 Academy UpSkill platform.
2. Complete the rest of your profile on UpSkill including your work experience, educational experience and mandatory assessments (~2 hours completion time).
3. Bridge gaps and acquire expertise in areas relevant to careers in data science through our UpSkill modules. There is no limit to the number of courses an applicant can take on UpSkill.
Note: All applicants need to demonstrate a minimum level of proficiency in Data Science through completion of modules on UpSkill
3. Highest performers will be selected as 10 Academy Fellows and be invited for a one-month in-person training. The in-person training is tuition-free and all accommodation and meals are covered. It is our goal that all Fellows will be placed into paid internships within 6 months of their training.
10 Academy selects on the basis of the applicants’
Creativity and Bias to scale
We evaluate this using your responses to our application questions AND by seeing how quickly you are able to grow your skills on UpSkill.
Applicants selected for the 10 Academy UpSkilling platform will gain access to a set of courses through which they can both learn new skills and showcase their potential. Progress on courses in UpSkill will be part of the selection process for admission as a 10 Academy Fellow and UpSkilling courses will be carefully designed to provide skills relevant to jobs in Data Science fields.
Applicants selected as 10 Academy Fellows undertake a one-month residential course, with small class sizes of approximately 30 Fellows at a time. This enables Fellows to develop close relationships with their peers, their instructors and to work in small learning groups.
Content is focused on providing knowledge, skills, networks and cultural change to make Fellows into change-makers.
Topics covered include:
1. Identifying problems to be solved in Africa
2. Design thinking
3. Big Data
4. Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence
5. Agile Software Development
7. Entrepreneurship, lean startup, management
The course period is designed to be intense over 4-weeks, running 7 days per week and with long days to be expected.
Social and cultural activities will be part of the training as well, including guest lectures, discussions and excursions.
Throughout the month-long training, Fellows will work together on group projects, applying the learnings from their courses.
To launch the careers of 10 Academy Fellows, nearly all 10 Academy Fellows will take up paid internships after 10 Academy. The target is to place 90% of 10 Academy Fellows as interns within 6 months of completing the training. Each 10 Academy Fellow will play an active role in identifying, interviewing and searching for internships for him/herself.
In 2019, 10 Academy is focusing on Data Science – this means that placements will tend to be in positions such as:
Internships are normally be 6 months in duration.
Why apply to 10 Academy
10 Academy identifies Africa’s highest potential young people and prepares them for careers with 10x impact.
10 Academy charges no tuition or fees at any stage in the process – if you are selected as a 10 Academy Fellow, your accommodation and meals are covered and you only cover your transportation to the location. If you’re flying in, we’ll even collect you from the airport.
The 10 Academy UpSkill platform is designed for talented young Africans – showcasing potential instead of past achievements and allowing UpSkilling towards getting data science jobs.
Courses taught by leading lecturers in the field – focus on enabling you to self-teach for long-term impact.
Reputation – 10 Academy has been supported by many leading organizations.
Data science – Our 2019 edition will focus on data science – a growing field that offers exceptional growth opportunities and impact opportunities.
Peer network – develop a close bond of supporters and colleagues to support you as you move ahead in your career.
Multiple exit points – Opportunities for all members of the upskilling platform to match with jobs, even those who are not selected as 10 Academy Fellows.
Small class sizes – in 2019, 10 Academy expects to have classes no larger than 35 students. Get to know all of your fellow students and develop a close relationship with your academic staff.
More information on applying
Start your application process here.
The first step is a brief application for admission to our full platform – this should take no more than 5 minutes.
To be announced (target November 2019)
Holding a passport from an African country
Holding (or anticipate holding) a university degree with a completion date in 2018 or 2019.
All African nationalities are welcome to apply. For the in-person training, only nationals of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda will be considered as Fellows this time. Other countries will be added as soon as possible and once internships can be found in those countries.
The focus area for 2019 training sessions is Data Science.
Selected Fellows do not pay any tuition fees to attend 10 Academy training.
Accommodation (shared rooms) and meals are provided.
Transportation costs to the country where the training is being held are the responsibility of the selected Fellows.Timing
The first step of the application process should take 5 minutes to complete and the second step should take 90-120 minutes to complete.
The 10 Academy training program is rigorous. A typical day will include 3-4 hours of in-class time, 4-6 hours of group work and project work and extra activities such as evening talks, preparation for article discussions. We only have a month and will use most of this time, including weekends and evenings. Social contact comes from living, eating and working together in the residential environment. In the past, 10 Academy Fellows developed strong and long-lasting bonds with other Fellows.
In the past we have had 90% of our Fellows find paid positions after 10 Academy. To launch the careers of 10 Academy Fellows, nearly all 10 Academy Fellows will take up paid internships after 10 Academy with our target being to place 90% of 10 Academy Fellows as interns within 6 months of completing the training. Each 10 Academy Fellow expected to play an active role in identifying, interviewing and searching for internships for him/herself.
Despite our best efforts, we cannot guarantee any placements.
To be eligible for the in-person training, you need to have completed an undergraduate degree before the start of the in-person training, but no more than two-years prior. For example for a training program planned to start on 1 November 2019, you should have graduated between 1 November 2017 and 31 October 2019.
There are no previous education restrictions for admission to UpSkill.
10 Academy would provide shared room, meals and all related cost to the training. Selected applicants however, are responsible for the cost of a flights/transportation to the host country/institution.
We plan to make a limited number of partial-support travel scholarships available. In all cases, these will be based on demonstrated need and in all cases, they will require learners to support part of the travel costs.