July 23, 2015

Netherlands: Middle East and North Africa Scholarship Programme for Selected Countries

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Scholarship Programme (MSP)

Course(s) Offered: Education, Culture, Trade
Course Level: Graduate, Training
Provider: Netherlands Min. of Foreign Affairs
Country to Study in: Netherlands

Scholarship Description
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Scholarship Programme (MSP) was initiated in 2007 and fully funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The overall aim of the MSP is to contribute to the democratic transition in the participating countries. It also aims at building capacity within organisations by enabling employees to take part in short courses in various fields of study.

The scholarships can be used for selected short courses in the Netherlands. The MENA Scholarships are proportionally distributed among the ten participating countries. Ideally, half of the scholarships are allocated to female applicants.

Eligibility criteria
To be eligible for an MSP scholarship you:
  • must be a national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the MSP country list valid at the time of application;
  • must have an employer’s statement that complies with the format EP-Nuffic has provided. All information must be provided and all commitments that are included in the format must be endorsed in the statement;
  • must not be employed by an organisation that has its own means of staff-development. Organisations that are considered to have their own means for staff development are for example:
    • multinational corporations (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft),
    • large national and/or a large commercial organisations,
    • bilateral donor organisations (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid),
    • multilateral donor organisations, (e.g. a UN organization, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB),
    international NGO’s (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care);
  • must have an official and valid passport (valid at least three months after the candidate's submission date);
  • must have a government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established (if applicable);
  • must not be over 45 years of age at the time of the grant submission.
Eligible groups
Nationals of these participating countries: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Syria and Tunisia.

Participating Institutions
All recognised Dutch higher education institution that offers the course of your choice

Fields of study
You can use an MSP scholarship for a number of selected short courses in one of the following fields of study:
  • Economics
  • Commerce
  • Management and Accounting
  • Agriculture and Environment
  • Mathematics
  • Natural sciences and Computer sciences
  • Engineering
  • Law Public Administration
  • Public order and Safety
  • Humanities
  • Social sciences
  • Communication and Arts
Number of awards
Offers around 120 scholarships per year

Sponsorship duration
Scholarships are available for short courses with a duration between two and twelve weeks

Scholarship benefits
The MSP scholarship is a contribution to the costs of the selected short course and should supplement your salary which you must continue to receive during the study period.

The scholarship covers:
  • subsistence allowance
  • tuition fees
  • visa costs
  • international travel costs
  • medical insurance
  • allowance for study materials
The allowances are considered to be sufficient to cover your living expenses during the study period. You must cover any other costs from your own resources.

Method of Application
Applications for the MENA Scholarship Programme should be submitted to the school of your choice before the scholarship application deadline. You need to apply directly at the Dutch higher education institution of your choice.

The steps for application are:
  1. Check whether you are in the abovementioned target groups.
  2. Check whether your employer will nominate you.
  3. Download an overview of short courses eligible for an MSP scholarship: MSP course list August 2015(PDF).
  4. Contact the Dutch higher education institution that offers the course of your choice to find out whether this course is eligible for an MSP scholarship and how to apply.
It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) and also the website of the Dutch higher education institution offering the course of your choice for complete information on course content, the MSP application and selection procedures.

Please note that institutions have different application deadlines. It is your duty to contact the institution offering the course of your choice to confirm its scholarship deadline date.

As a general guide, however, there are usually two application deadlines; and applications may be received until around late August.

While scholarships are awarded to individuals, the need for training must be demonstrated in the context of the organisation for which the applicant works. The training must help the organisation develop its capacity. This means that employers must nominate an applicant and motivate his or her application in a supporting letter.

Please contact the Netherlands embassy or Dutch Institute in your home country for more information about the deadlines.

Application Deadline: August 2015 (confirm from institution of your choice)
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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