Santander IE Digital DNA Scholarships

Banco Santander, through Santander Universities, and the IE Foundation have signed an agreement whereby 180 young university students from 15 countries will benefit from specialized training in digital transformation to improve their employability and their training in technology and innovation.

This scholarship program, which is part of Santander Scholarships | Digital Skills, will select in its first phase 100 outstanding profiles of university students from Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, USA, Spain, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom and Uruguay, that may qualify for a Santander IE Scholarship – Digital DNA.

The 100 selected students will receive training in English and Spanish from the faculty of IE School of Human Sciences and Technology, one of the schools pertaining to IE University.

The Santander IE-Digital DNA program consists of two Hiops (High Impact Online Programs) courses of 5 weeks each. The first, New Technologies for Innovation, is designed to impart knowledge on the impact of digital disruption from a business perspective and how companies are creating competitive advantages using these technologies. Through the second Hiop, Data Science and Visualization for Business, the beneficiaries will obtain the foundations and fundamentals of data science and a practical experience in information and data visualization in order to make the best decisions in their day-to-day businesses.

In addition, 30 scholarship grantees will participate in a selection process for professional internships at Banco Santander, and will be given the chance to join the Banco Santander team.

With the aim of enhancing the employability of university students, the 1,000 finalists of the Santander IE – Digital DNA program who finally do not get a place, will be able to access a MOOC training program on ‘Intelligence Tools for Digital Age’ of IE University on the platform Coursera. Both institutions will finance the certificate of said course that will allow them to make their profiles and abilities stand out in future selection processes.


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This initiative is open to undergraduate students in their last two years of study, master students and graduates in the last 5 years since the launch of the call for scholarships. Candidates that are studying or have studied in universities in Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, USA, Spain, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom and Uruguay. Candidates must demonstrate academic excellence and motivation on how the program will allow them to innovate in their professional careers.