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SkillsFuture Study Award for
International Business
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)
Accurate as of 02 Nov 2020
Programme is not available for application.
Sector Overview

Enterprise Singapore (ESG) champions enterprise development and works with committed companies to build capabilities, innovate and internationalise. As more companies go global, the demand for talent who can work in international markets has been growing. The SkillsFuture Study Award for International Business enables recipients to embark on careers with global responsibilities. It also provides opportunities to deepen essential skill-sets to navigate and overcome the complexity of overseas markets. Recipients will also gain exposure in learning how to manage and lead international teams and project effectively.

ESG welcomes businesses and employees who want to become the next generation of International Business leaders, to drive the overseas growth of your company.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Singaporeans with minimum 2 years of working experience in the industry and a strong work performance record
  • Committed to deepen skills in Internationalisation
  • Must not have completed course of study at the point of application
  • Not a previous recipient of any SkillsFuture Study Award
  • Must provide proof of acceptance/ enrolment into the course and proof of payment at claims submission stage
  • Individual applicants are encouraged to provide a Letter of Recommendation/ Testimonial from your current or previous employer to form part of our evaluation. Employers' input could include how the nominees will apply the learning from the course to their current and future job roles in driving the company's overseas growth strategies.
  • Those who are unable to provide employers' input may be asked for more information to aid in the assessment of the application.

Supported Courses

Note: Only applicants who have been accepted into the courses listed below will be considered.


   Training Provider

  Course Title

National University of Singapore (NUS) Mergers and Acquisitions
Stanford-NUS Executive Programme In International Management
Driving Strategic Innovation
Advanced Leadership Programme in Business Internationalisation (China) / 企业领导力高级管理(中国商业)培训课程
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Digital Economy Innovation Leadership Programme
Merger and Acquisition
Singapore Institute of Management (SIM)

Master of Science International Business

INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy
International Management in Asia Pacific
Leading Business Transformation in Asia
Leading Digital Transformation and Innovation Programme
Leading Across Borders and Cultures
M&As and Corporate Strategy
Singapore Management University (SMU) Global Supply Chain Management Programme
Strategies for Growth in Asia (Previously known as "Winning Business Performance in Asia")

For more information regarding course dates and course outline, kindly approach the Training Providers directly.

Application Period


   Application period*

FY20 Cycle 1   1 Apr 2020 – 30 Jun 2020
FY20 Cycle 2  18 Jul 2020 – 30 Sep 2020
FY20 Cycle 3  1 Oct 2020 – 31 Jan 2021

*Applicants must submit their application before course completion, and courses must commence before 31 March 2021 to be considered for the Award.

Application & Evaluation Process


  • Applicants who have met the eligibility criteria do not automatically qualify for the SkillsFuture Study Award as evaluations will be considered holistically and based on the merits of each application.
  • ESG may contact the applicant and/or employers/referees for further clarification.
  • Evaluations will take approximately 6 to 8 weeks after the respective application closing dates. Successful applicants will receive an electronic Letter of Offer (e-LOF) while unsuccessful applicants will be also notified via email.


  • The decision of the Selection Panel for the SkillsFuture Study Award is final.
  • ESG reserves the right not to disclose the reasons for approving or rejecting any application, and to reject any incomplete or inaccurate application.
  • ESG will not respond to enquiries or disputes on or in connection with the Panel's decisions.

Application Process

Click on "Apply Now" to submit an application via the online portal. Please upload the following documents through the online portal: 

  • Copy of your coloured NRIC (front and back)
  • Resume/ Employment History
  • Letter of recommendation/testimonial from your current or previous employer OR Contact details of 2 referees with prior or existing working relationships with you (if any)

Claims Process

Successful applicants will receive an e-LOF which they are to reply with their acceptance within 14 days from the date of e-offer, otherwise their offer will be considered as lapsed.

All Award Recipients are encouraged to submit the following documents within 1 month from the e-LOF to receive a once-off disbursement of $5,000:

  1. Original signed Claim Form
  2. Completed GIRO Form
  3. Copy of coloured NRIC (front and back)
  4. Proof of acceptance into the course indicating the full course period (i.e. start date and end date of the course)
  5. Proof of payment of course fees (partial or full)
  6. Course attendance OR Certificate of completion (if applicable)

As proof of successful course completion for their approved course, Award Recipients are required to submit the Certificate of Completion (or equivalent) within 6 calendar months from the end of the course. E-mail submissions are accepted. 

The award is valid for one calendar year from the date of the e-LOF. If the required documents are not received within 12 months from the date of e-LOF, the award will be considered as lapsed. Disbursements will take approximately 8 to 12 weeks after the receipt of complete documents. All applicants will be notified on their disbursements via email.


For enquiries, please write to us at Please note that we do not accept applications via email.

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