Universal Access to Microsoft Skills Initiative

Program Overview

There has been a dramatic rise in demand for digital skills in the workplace. In response to this, digital skills have significantly been uptake over the last year. According to the World Economic Forum, over 150 million new tech jobs will be created in the next 5 years. With women being left behind, Women In Cloud is launching a Universal Access to Microsoft Skills initiative to ensure that women have equitable access to digital skilling opportunities and help them to secure economically fulfilling jobs in the current market—Azure skilling opportunities. We are excited to announce this scholarship program will now include two new Professional Certificate programs: 

  • Microsoft Cybersecurity Analyst Professional Certificate –Upon completion, learners will be prepared for entry-level roles such as cybersecurity analyst. 
  • Microsoft Power BI Analyst Professional Certificate –Upon completion, learners will be prepared for entry-level roles such as Power BI developer or analyst. 

Participants who complete a course available in this program will receive a voucher* to take the Microsoft certification exam.

About the Program

This program is designed to deliver hundreds of scholarships to WIC members. Approved students will be invited to enroll and complete the Azure fundamentals digital skilling courses via the Coursera platform. After completion, students will be eligible for certification vouchers* that they can use towards their Azure certifications. All Microsoft specializations and professional certifications available through the Coursera platform are included in this scholarship. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Inclusive of All Genders. Priority for women.
  • Career displacement due to the current pandemic or career change 
  • Submit a 250 word essay on how this scholarship can transform your career

Approval Process

Please allow 30 days for the review team to respond to your application

Learn More


If you have any questions, please contact: wicskilling@womenincloud.com

*max of 2,000 vouchers available 

Application Form

Submit a 250 word personal statement on how this scholarship can transform your career.

If yes you can choose to remain anonymous. A WIC team member will reach out after you complete a specialization/professional certification to complete a case study.

Demographic questions will be used for general analytical purposes only. Although your email address is sent along with your answers, your specific responses will not be linked to you in any way once the responses are analyzed. No third party will be given access to your responses. Only anonymous, numerical results from the demographic section will be visible.