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Splunk Academic Alliance

Growing talent today for the benefit of society tomorrow. We offer Splunk training and industry-recognized Splunk certifications at no cost to university students, faculty and IT staff.

Helping grow the cyber workforce of tomorrow

Through product donations and workforce development, we give academic institutions equitable access to our platform for solving global challenges. The program includes a renewable one-year, 10GB license for Splunk software and access to eLearning and additional program benefits for qualifying not-for-profit universities – at no cost.

Why enroll in the Splunk Academic Alliance program?


Prepare students for exciting IT and data careers

The Academic Alliance program supports building digital resilience by training future cybersecurity professionals to implement Splunk. Our unified security and observability platform empowers users to strategically use data to catch, respond to and prevent threats.


Grow top talent

Program participants learn in-demand skills, validate knowledge with industry-recognized certifications and graduate with greater earning potential and career opportunities.

Program tiers support different need levels

We offer three program tiers so anyone attending, teaching or working at an academic institution can learn to use Splunk and get Splunk certified for free or at a discount.

Foundational tier Foundational tier

Foundational tier

This no-cost program for students, faculty and staff includes:

  • 21 online, self paced learning courses
  • Lab environment for real-life learning
  • Certification
  • Program management and curriculum via Splunk LMS
Intermediate tier Intermediate tier

Intermediate tier

Building on the foundational tier, this no-cost program for students and faculty includes:

  • Program workshops or bootcamps
  • Additional e-learnings for Enterprise Security (ES) and Security Orchestration, Automation & Response (SOAR)
  • Flexible scheduling of live instruction and hands-on labs
  • Train-the-trainer options
  • Program design, delivery and support through Splunk Education team 
Advanced Tier Advanced Tier

Advanced Tier

This takes the foundational and intermediate tiers further at no cost to students and faculty. It includes:

  • Integrated customized program curriculum
  • Live instruction and hands-on labs
  • Flexible scheduling of live instruction and hands-on labs
  • Program design and support for SOC models and cyber analyst challenges 

How to enroll

If you are a faculty member or university professor* who wants to use Splunk to teach students how to leverage big data analytics, practical cybersecurity skills and data-driven research insights, and meet the program requirements, then you’re ready to apply.

Program Requirements

  • Apply through Splunk’s Global Impact Program
  • Be a US-based 501c3 or
  • Certified international charity or
  • Public or private nonprofit institution of higher education

*Please note that the enrollment form must be completed by a college/university administrator or faculty member – students cannot enroll themselves.

Ways to learn with Academic Alliance

The Splunk Academic Alliance Program meets students where they are – combining in-classroom learning with real-world experiences.

In the classroom In the classroom

In the classroom

Faculty and staff can help students experience Splunk’s curriculum with real-world, hands-on learning integrated into their programming and student curriculum. 

Learn through doing Learn through doing

Learn through doing

Students acquire valuable experience with live lab environments for real-world, hands-on learning, hackathons and learning SOC programs. 

What others are saying

Students are earning real-world security experience while helping university IT teams combat network threats.

Laura Ascione Editorial Director at eSchool Media

The university partnered with Splunk, hired students and built out a foundation that would support the full SOC capability it wanted to provide.

Doug Lomsdalen CISO, Cal Poly

Watch how Cal Poly uses a learning SOC

With Splunk, Cal Poly gained the visibility they needed to strengthen their security posture, which has increased resilience and provided students with more real-world learning opportunities.


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