Better Future for Women, founded by Sumaiya Shimu, promotes women’s access to economic and professional opportunities through education, skill development, technology, and entrepreneurship.

Call for Applications : Commonwealth of Learning- Skills for Work Scholarship 2021

The Ministry of Commerce and Better Future for Women in Bangladesh invite eligible Bangladeshi citizens to apply for Commonwealth of Learning-Skills for Work Scholarship. The aim of the the scholarship is to close the skills gap for in-demand and high-demand jobs in commonwealth nations. COL aims to support the efforts of Member States to disseminate skills required for decent employment and entrepreneurship and pave the way for skilling, reskilling, upskilling and lifelong learning.

COL will offer three different scholarships under the Skills for Work Program:

1) COL-Grow with Google Skills for Work Scholarship

2) COL-Coursera Skills for Work Scholarship

3) COL-Udemy Skills for Work Scholarship


First Batch – 2000 Scholarship- 1 April 2021 – 30 September 2021 (6 months)

Second Batch – 2000 Scholarship- 1 October 2021 – 31 March 2022 (6 months)

Deadline for submission of application

First batch: 20 March 2021

Second batch: 15 September 2021


A. Those who are interested to gain new skills to enter the job market

B. Students who are currently pursuing the final year of their undergraduate/diploma/postgraduate degree

C. Those who are unemployed and wish to gain skills to start mini and micro-enterprises;

D. Between 18 to 45 years of age

E. Male, Women and third gender

F. Women are especially encouraged to apply for the scholarship. ( Ministry of Commerce and Better Future for Women wish to allocate 50% of the scholarship to women .)

G. Persons with disability with basic ICT skills . Persons with disability will be prioritized while selecting candidates for the scholarship program. ( Ministry of Commerce and Better Future for Women wish to allocate 5% of the scholarship to persons with disability.)

To learn more about the COL-Skills for Work Scholarship, please visit our website: col-skillsforwork-bd.org

Skills for Work Social media page: Commonwealth of Learning Skills for Work – Bangladesh https://www.facebook.com/Commonwealth-of-Learning-Skills-for-Work-Bangladesh-109262764554291

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-Sumaiya Shimu, Founder and Chairman, Better Future for Women


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