A limited number of approximately 20 scholarships a year is awarded to female and male professionals who are:

  • highly motivated;
  • living and working in Iraq; 
  • 20 to 45 years old;
  • proficient in English;
  • working in one of the priority areas fitting the MSP approach for Iraq;
  • using and transferring their knowledge and experience in their employing organisation after the training; 
  • agreeing to the MSP obligations and conditions (133.87 kB)

English proficiency

You need English language skills because most courses are offered in English. 

Priority  areas

You have to be working within one of the following priority themes:

  • governance
  • social change
  • economic development

Preference is given to the following organisations:

  • youth/civil society organisations
  • national organisations
  • non-governmental organisations (NGO’s)
  • small and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s)

Employer statement

You need an employer statement (105.61 kB) that is signed by you and your employer. It shows us that your employer supports your application. And that you can share the knowledge and experience you gained in the Netherlands once you return to Iraq. This is required because the MSP is focused at strengthening organisations by strengthening people. 

Other requirements

The education institution will inform you on the requirements needed for your application. Most of the courses are designed for professionals with at least a BSC-level (or equivalent) and a minimum of relevant working experience. Applications from students will not be taken into consideration.

In order to apply for one of the courses you must motivate: 

  • that you work within the priority themes for Iraq as mentioned above;
  • how the courses will strengthen both you and the organisation you work for;
  • how you will use your newly gained knowledge and experience in your organisation after your study.

We especially encourage women to apply for a scholarship. 50% of all scholarships per country are reserved for women.

Available courses

This is the provisional MSP course list for the application round that is opening on 1 September 2021 and closing on 12 October 4 pm CET. Please note that some education institutions have an earlier deadline.

Institute for Housing and Urban Development (IHS) 


Application deadline: 10 October 2021 4 pm CET…


Sustainable Local Economic Development 

MDF Training & Consultancy


Application deadline: 12 October 2021 4 pm CET 


Management for Development Project Programmes (MDPP)
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning course (MEL)
Gender Mainstreaming in Development Programme (GMDP)

Maastricht School of Management (MSM)


Application deadline: 12 October 2021 4 pm CET


Strategic Leadership and Change Management 
Small Agribusiness Development: Local economic growth through Private Sector Development 
Women empowerment and entrepreneurship policy 

RNTC Media Training Centre 


Application deadline: 5 October 2021 


Media Campaigns for Advocacy
Media Campaigns for Social Change 
Producing Media to Counter Disinformation
Producing Media to Counter Hate Speech 
Digital Content Creative 

The Hague Academy for Local Governance 


Application deadline: 28 September 2021


Migration and Local Authorities 
Inclusive Service Delivery & the SDGs 
Citizen Participation & Inclusive Governance 
Urban Governance: Resilient and Smart Cities 
Climate Adaptation & Local Resilience 

University of Amsterdam (UVA)


Application deadline: 12 October 2021 4 pm CET


Power to the People: Activism and Grassroots Organising 
The Circular City: Towards a Sustainable Urban Ecosystem 
Mindfulness and Compassion-based Interventions 
Introduction to Sexuality Studies 
Advanced Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society 

Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation  


Application deadline: 12 October 2021 4 pm CET  


Evaluating and Managing for Sustainable Development Impact 
Landscape Governance

"Studying in the Netherlands has opened up my world. The experience of being part of the Dutch culture for a while, and the international class room opened the window to the world for me. A unique opportunity to acquire knowledge and perspective, to grow."

Kamaran Palani, lecturer, alumnus from Iraq

How to apply

You always have to apply in 2 steps:

  1. Apply for academic admission through the education institution.
  2. Apply for the scholarship through Nuffic's online application system.

Contact the education institution of your choice well in time to receive more information about the application procedure and deadlines. 

To apply:

  • Check whether you fit the requirements and approach for Iraq.
  • Choose a course from the list above.
  • Contact the education institution offering the course as soon as possible. We strongly advise you to contact the institution of your choice long before an application round opens, as additional academic requirements may be needed.
  • Apply for an MSP scholarship through a link for Nuffic’s online registration system which you receive from the education institution. Please check the conditions for receiving the link at the education institution of your choice.

Twice a year you can apply during an application round for a MSP, usually in February and in September. Results of applications are announced 3 to 4 months after application.  

Selection criteria

The MSP is a very competitive scholarship. Only a small number of the best candidates receive a scholarship. The available scholarships are equally distributed across the participating countries, taking into account the available budget and the quality of the applications. 50% of all scholarships per country are reserved for female applicants.


Please contact the education institution where you want to study on questions regarding your application for the MSP scholarship. For other questions please feel free to contact Nuffic on

Other opportunities for Iraq

Don’t fit the MSP requirements? Or would you like to do another course? An independent and up-to-date overview of English-taught programmes in the Netherlands is available in the Studyfinder

We also highlight the following other scholarships for Iraq: