Yes, we do! Read on for more info about our Diversify Design scholarship.
Goals of the Scholarship
Designlab’s Diversify Design scholarship program has run since March 2020 with the intention of building equity across diverse and inclusive representation in the design industry. We aim to do so by providing design education and professional support to aspiring designers from groups underrepresented in the design industry; this includes BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), AAPI, women, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, and members of other historically disadvantaged groups.
We also understand that diversity in and of itself encompasses broad and varying experiences for different members of our community. We want all potential applicants to feel seen and heard, so if you feel that you meet the criteria to apply in some other way not listed above, please do so! We'd be happy to review your application.
We started Designlab in part to build, from the ground-up, an institution that would address some of the structural inequalities that exist in the world around access to education—and we committed to doing this with core values centered around empowerment, accessibility, and empathy.
Building empathy and enriching design requires a wide range of perspectives, which is why we actively seek diversity in our community; we intentionally do this through our hiring for both internal team members and mentors, as well as through this scholarship. We believe that diversity of background and opinion strengthens us and allows us to consider different ideas and approaches and the people we design for.
Each month, we offer:
- 1 scholarship worth 50% of UX Academy tuition
- 3 scholarships worth $1,000
In addition, we aim to give a limited number of full scholarships based on availability and need.
Please note that scholarship amounts will be calculated after all discounts, course credits, and deposits have been applied. If you have taken UX Academy Foundations and receive a scholarship towards UX Academy, your scholarship will be reflected in your tuition total after your UX Academy Foundations course credit has been applied. Scholarships are not applicable to the $399 UX Academy enrollment fee.
The application is comprised of three primary parts:
- General information
- Short written questions about why you want to participate in the scholarship program
- A 1-2 minute video telling us a little bit about yourself and why you think you’re a good candidate*
*Videos will be assessed on content, not quality. If you have any additional concerns about this, please don't hesitate to reach out to our admissions team about this.
Scholarship Application Timeline
We accept applications for the Diversify Design scholarship program on a monthly basis — see below for our upcoming round.
If awarded, recipients can apply their scholarship toward their UX Academy tuition for any of the next 3 cohorts. For example, if you are a scholarship recipient within the October round, you can apply your scholarship for the November 2021, December 2021, or January 2022 cohorts of UX Academy.
Please note that scholarships awarded for the current available submission deadline will not be applicable to the October cohort of UX Academy.
Here is our list of important upcoming dates for the scholarship:
Deadline: 11:59PM PST on October 18th
Decision: October 22nd
Applicable UX Academy cohorts: November 29th, December 13th, January 24th
Interested in applying for a scholarship at a later date? Stay tuned! We have a new round of scholarships available every month. Check back on October 19th for an update.
In the selection process, applications will be read anonymously by a panel of at least 3 different readers and will be evaluated based on need, as well as commitment to shaping equitable, inclusive, and diverse spaces.
Terms and Conditions
Scholarships are limited in number, and subject to availability. Even if an applicant meets scholarship criteria, a scholarship may not be awarded. Scholarships are not transferable. Scholarship value will be applied directly to the course fee and is not redeemable for cash.
In order to apply for a UX Academy scholarship, please ensure that you have contacted the Admissions team to indicate your interest and motivation for pursuing the UX Academy program. If you would like to connect with Admissions in order to learn more about UX Academy and be eligible to apply for a scholarship, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or schedule a time
to speak with us.
Please note that if you are already a UX Academy Foundations student or have emailed or spoken with an Admissions Rep previously, you have already met the eligibility requirements, and do not need to schedule an additional call.
All students who meet this eligibility requirement, both US-based and international, are welcome to apply.
By applying for a scholarship, the applicant grants Designlab permission to post their name in marketing communications in the event they are awarded the scholarship.
The Diversify Design Scholarship application is open! Please apply here.