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

  • highly motivated;
  • living and working in Tunisia; 
  • 20 to 45 years old;
  • proficient in English;
  • working in one of the priority areas fitting the MSP approach for Tunisia;
  • 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:

  • sustainable local economic development
  • water management and environment (including waste treatment)
  • rural innovation
  • sustainable tourism management
  • local governance
  • women entrepreneurship
  • land management and informal settlement regularisation
  • food security


  • ministries, particularly Ministries of Agriculture
  • investment and international cooperation
  • local affairs
  • tourism and environment
  • small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
  • organisations
  • trade and labour unions
  • universities
  • education institutes
  • semi-government/public enterprises
  • cooperatives

Since 2016, the Netherlands Embassy in Tunis has developed and initiated a new approach with the aim to focus on the North Western region of Tunisia (four governorates: El Kef, Siliana, Beja and Jendouba. The region is one of the most deprived in the country, but with real untapped potential).

The short and midterm objectives are:

  • to make the difference;
  • to be even more effective;
  • to maximize synergies between all the multiple NL programmes and support instruments.

To do so the Embassy will try as much as possible to redirect all the projects, activities and support programmes (central and delegated) to the focus region. In this regard and in order to serve the bilateral cooperation policy of the Embassy, we would like to give the priority to applicants from the above mentioned governorates.

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 Tunisia. This is required because the MSP is focused at strengthening organisations by strengthening people. 

Government statement

If you are a civil servant in Tunisia you need a signed government statement (25.71 kB). This certifies the support of the Tunisian government for your MSP application. 

To arrange a government statement, please contact the Ministry (level of Chief Cabinet, President, Director General, Director General of International Cooperation). Please note that this can take 2 to 4 weeks. 

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 Tunisia 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.

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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.



Application deadline: 11 October 4 pm CET 
English scholarship information 
Informations sur les bourses en Français 


All courses are blended (online combined with face to face)

Making Education Work 
Making Blended Training Work 
Making Research Work 
Booster la Recherche 

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education


You have to apply in 2 steps:

  1. Apply for academic admission at IHE Delft.
    Deadline: 16 August 2021
  2. Apply for a scholarship in Nuffic's online application system. 
    Application period: 1 September - 12 October 2021 16.00 CET.



Management of Irrigation and Drainage Systems 
Water and Environmental Policy Analysis 
Water Conflict and Cooperation 
Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Deltas 
River and Floodplain Rehabilitation 
Urban Flood Management and Disaster Risk Mitigation 
Water Conflict Management and Tools for Water Diplomacy 
Water Resources Planning 
Environmental Assessment for Water-related Policies and Developments 
Flood Risk Management 
Partnerships, Networks and Stakeholder Analysis in the Water Sector 
Decentralised Water Supply and Sanitation 
Solid Waste Management 
Strategic Planning for River Basins and Deltas 
Water Sensitive Cities 

Institute for Housing and Urban Development (IHS) 


Application deadline: 10 October 2021 4 pm CET 


Green Cities for Eco-efficiency 
Sustainable Local Economic Development 
Urban Management Tools for Climate Change 
Executive Course on Transitions to Land-based Financing 

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 

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 


The Circular City: Towards a Sustainable Urban Ecosystem 

Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation 


Application deadline: 12 October 2021 4 pm CET 


Governance and Food Safety in International Food Chains 
Evaluating and Managing for Sustainable Development Impact 
Managing Risk in the Face of Climate Change 
Resilient and Sustainable Food Systems for a Food-Secure Future 
Contemporary Approaches to Genetic Resources Conservation and Use 
Integrated Seed Sector Development 
Landscape Governance 
Aquaculture Smallholder Business Development 
Plant Breeders' Rights for Food Security and Economic Development 
Integrated Pest Management and Food Safety 
Milking to Potential 
Horticulture Sector Development for Emerging Markets 
Making Agriculture Work for Food and Nutrition Security 
Water Stewardship in Action for Water and Food Security 
Rural Entrepreneurship Africa 
Agence Paysanne pour Economies Rurales 
Potato Sector Development for Emerging Markets 

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 Tunisia.
  • 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 Tunisia

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 Tunisia: