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Free Scholarship for Online Data Science Courses


Are you interested in having a career in data science?

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) offers a free scholarship for Filipinos who are interested in taking a career path in data science. 

Dubbed as Smarter Philippines through Data Analytics Research and Development, Training and Adoption (Project SPARTA), the DOST collaborated with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) and the Analytics Association of the Philippines to hold the online data science classes in the online learning platform Coursebank

Dr. Enrico Paringit, Executive Director of DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development, stated that they are targeting 30,000 Filipinos to make them capable of handling big data that are generated by various government agencies, as well as other organizations in the country.

Through Project SPARTA, students will be able to gain knowledge on the essentials of data science and analytics and to efficiently manage, analyze and interpret data.

Image Source: Project SPARTA website

Understanding Data Science

Data science evolves as the most promising and in-demand career path for skilled professionals. Data scientists have the ability to take data, understand it, process it, extract value from it, visualize it and communicate it.

Data science provides meaningful information based on large amounts of complex data. It combines different fields of work in statistics and computation to interpret data for decision-making purposes.

Data is drawn from different channels, platforms, and sectors, which include cell phones, social media, e-commerce sites, healthcare surveys, and Internet searches. There has been a vast increase in the amount of data, which opened the opportunity to a new field of study based on big data to create better operational tools in all sectors.

Six Learning Pathways

Applicants who may choose one of the learning pathways:

  • Data Associate - sources, processes, analyzes data, and provides reports to explain insights. Entry-level with no domain expertise.
  • Data Steward - manages data that is stored in an organization, handles all things relating to data processing, data policies, and data guidelines.
  • Data Analyst - leverages data analysis and modeling techniques to solve problems and gleans insight across functional domains.
  • Data Engineer - builds and manages data workflows, pipelines, ETL (extract, transform, load) processes, and platforms.
  • Analytics Manager - oversees analytical operations and communicates insights to executives.
  • Data Scientist - creates sophisticated analytical models used in building new datasets and derive new insights from data.


Applicants must be:

  • Filipinos who are permanently based in the country
  • Graduate of at least Senior High School
  • With or without prior knowledge of data science and analytics

How to Apply

Those interested in applying for a scholarship and earning a DSA certificate for free may visit the Project SPARTA website at https://sparta.dap.edu.ph/