Azure in Education


Microsoft provides grants for educators wanting to use Azure in their curricula. These grants are facilitated through Azure academic passes, which provide the following resources:

AzureSQL DatabaseData Transfers (Per Region)
2 small compute instances for Cloud Services or Virtual Machines Two 1GB Web Edition database 8 GB in
10 Shared Websites   8 GB out
10 Shared Mobile Services    
35GB of storage    
50,000,000 storage transactions    
250,000 Service Bus messages    
750 Service Bus Relay Hours    

Grant applications are designated for faculty who are teaching Azure in their curricula as well as faculty preparing to integrate Azure into their curricula. Educator Grant awards are subject to demand and availability. Educators will receive a special 12-month pass for their exclusive use, and may request 6-month non-renewable passes for distribution to their students. Each pass is valid from the date of redemption. Educators may apply for passes for each of the courses they are teaching, and may only distribute these passes to students registered as part of their educational institution.

To apply for an Educator Grant fill out this simple application form.

Azure for Research

Accelerate the speed of scientific discovery

Azure provides researchers, educators, and students in academia with the power and scalability of cloud computing for collaboration, computation, and data-intensive processing. This open and flexible global cloud platform supports languages, tools, or frameworks, such as, Linux, Python, Java, Hadoop, and the Microsoft .NET Framework.

The Azure for Research program offers:

  • Free access to Azure cloud computing and storage (submit proposals for Azure for Research Awards)
  • Training classes and webinars
  • Technical resources and support
  • Community discussion on LinkedIn (Azure for Research group) and Twitter (@Azure4Research/#azureresearch)

For more information, visit


Imagine Cup could be a life changing opportunity for students using Azure in their dev projects. Are you a student? Could you use $50,000 (USD) cash? Learn more about Microsoft's premier global student technology competition, Imagine Cup. In addition to cash, you could also win a trip to Seattle and a tour of Microsoft Headquarters. Find app inspiration, resources and all the competition details you need at

Need the developer tools to build amazing apps? Time to get professional. Get access to professional developer and design tools from Microsoft through DreamSpark. You can get the real tools the pros use - not academic versions. Go to and download Visual Studio Professional and other developer tools at no cost to students (That's right - full suite, no cost, no catch.)

Institution Administrators

Microsoft IT Academy provides students with the future ready technology skills they need to be successful in college and a career.

  • Increase your students’ employability with relevant technology courses that help them secure jobs following graduation.
  • Offer educators and other staff members the opportunity to enhance their own professional development
  • Gain access to resources that will help you save time and money

Become an IT Academy today!


Get certified on Azure

Exam 70-583: PRO: Designing and Developing Azure Applications is aimed at professional level students who are proving their skills and knowledge in designing and developing applications that will be hosted on the Azure platform.