The overall aim of the MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) is to contribute to the democratic transition in the participating countries. It also aims at building capacity within organizations by enabling employees to take part in short courses in the Netherlands.
While the scholarship is awarded to individuals, all candidates must be nominated by their employer to be able to participate. The need for training has to be demonstrated in the context of the organization the applicant is employed by.
The MENA Scholarship Programme offers around 140 scholarships a year to professionals. They are distributed proportionally among the participating countries. Ideally, half of the scholarships are allocated to female applicants.
- Scholarship Duration: Scholarships are available for short courses with a duration between two and twelve weeks.
- Scholarship covers: An 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
- International travel costs
- Visa costs
- Course fee
- Medical insurance
- Allowance for study materials
- The allowances are considered to be sufficient to cover your living expenses during the study period.
- 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 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 organization that has its own means of staff-development. Organizations 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 organizations, bilateral donor organizations (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid), multilateral donor organizations, (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;
- Must not receive more than one fellowship for courses that take place at the same time;
- 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 Regions: Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia
- Apply online through the given link.
- The application deadline varies (deadlines can differ per Dutch institution)