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Learn SMART: Application Process

Learn SMART is an initiative launched and executed by SMDF in close collaboration with the Government of Sint Maarten and one of the world’s leading online learning platforms, Coursera.

With St. Maarten still feeling the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF) is continuing to support national recovery efforts by offering residents access to new educational opportunities. As such and as a follow up to SMDF’s successful Workforce Development Program, Learn SMART, an acronym for St. Maarten Active Recovery & Training Program, will provide access to courses from leading university and industry educators institutions from around the world including Yale University, the University of Michigan, IBM, and Microsoft.

With the program being completely online, learners will be delving into themes such as entrepreneurship, customer relations, and business administration among others over a two-year period. Additionally, as the world continues to shift towards technology, the Learn SMART initiative will also offer free scholarships to Google entry-level Professional Certificates on Coursera. These certificates, in the fields of Project Management, Data Analytics, IT Support, and UX Design, will create pathways for residents to work in technology areas of the future. The best part? Being able to work at your own pace on your own time!


Acceptance into the Learn SMART Program is reserved for residents of St. Maarten who truly demonstrate a willingness to join courses and dedication to complete them to the best of their ability. In order to be considered for this program, please ensure that you:

  • Are 12 years of age or older
  • Can provide proof of current residency on St. Maarten
  • Have the necessary time to commit and actively participate in this program
  • Filled out the application form below

Learn SMART applications are currently closed. Stay updated by following us on our social media channels @SMDFSXM (on Facebook and Instagram), or feel free to reach out to us with any questions via email at learning@smdf.