The MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) aims to build bridges through knowledge by offering opportunities for capacity building within organisations in the Middle East and North Africa. It enables young professional impact makers to take part in short courses in the Netherlands, and it facilitates tailor-made training for organisations in the region.
The MSP focuses on building strong relations between the participating countries and the Netherlands by fostering strong alumni networks. It contributes to mutual understanding and knowledge sharing. The programme is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of the Shiraka programme and managed by Nuffic.
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11th October 2022
- Syria (Syrians may only apply if they reside in one of the MSP-eligible countries)
Scholarship Study Location
Eligibility & Selection Criteria
To be eligible for an MSP scholarship:
- one must be a professional and national of, and living and working in one of the countries on the MSP country list valid at the time of application;
- one must have a current employer’s statement that complies with the format Nuffic has provided. All information must be provided and all commitments that are included in the format must be endorsed in the statement;
- one must not be employed by an organisation that has its own means of staff development. Organisations that are considered to have their own means of 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 organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB); – international NGO’s (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care).
- one must have an official and valid passport (valid at least 3 months after the candidate submission date);
- one must have a government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established (if applicable);
- the age of the MSP candidate must not exceed 45 years of age at the time of the grant submission.
- the candidate must not receive more than one MSP scholarship for courses that take place at the same time.
Number of Scholarships
Value of Scholarship
The Scholarship covers the full coverage of the awarded programmes including flight fares and accommodation expenses.
The scholarship covers the programme duration.
If you are interested in the MENA Scholarship Programme 2022/2023, be sure to review the full eligibility Criteria and then if you meet them, proceed with the following steps (below) to apply:
- Select a course on the MSP course list
- Contact the Dutch higher education institution that is offering the course for information on:
▪ course content
▪ the application deadline (deadlines can differ per Dutch institution)
▪ the application and selection procedures
▪ the online application form and the supporting documents
- Prepare your application and the supporting documents
- Submit your online application via the Dutch institution offering the course
Documents Requirements: As part of your application you will be asked to submit the following supporting documents – a valid passport copy, a current statement from your employer, and depending on your country of employment; a government statement.