MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP)

The MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) offers scholarships to professionals for short courses in the Netherlands.

Aim

The overall aim of the MSP is to contribute to sustainable democratic transition in the participating countries. It also aims at building capacity within organisations 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 organisation the applicant is employed by. 

Target group

The MSP is open to professionals who are nationals of - and living and working in - one of the countries listed below: 

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan   
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia

* MSP is not currently open to professionals applying from Syria. Applicants with the Syrian nationality may apply if they are residing and working in one of the other MSP countries listed.


Eligibility 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 staffdevelopment. 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 organisation, 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.

Current application round

Application round 1 is open from 5 February to 24 March 2020. Please note that all education institutions have their own application deadline. For more information, please directly contact the education institution of your choice. More information is available in the provisional course list below and on www.studyfinder.nl.

How to apply

Application for the MSP takes place via Dutch institutions. Each deadline, these institutions provide a list of courses available for that deadline. The short courses on offer fall within several fields of study, and have a duration of 2 to 12 weeks.

Before you decide to apply, make sure to do these 3 things:

  • Review the eligibility criteria carefully.
  • Check whether your employer is willing to nominate you for the scholarship. 
  • Check if your application fits within the country focus areas of your country, which are taken into consideration when scholarship applications are nominated and assessed.

Country focus document - MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP)

When you are certain you are eligible for an MSP scholarship, you can start making the necessary preparations for your application. 

Follow these steps to apply:

1. Select a course on the MSP course list

Provisional course list MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP)

2. Contact the Dutch 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 

3. Prepare your application and the supporting documents

Format employer’s statement

Format statement of government authority

Please check the government statement requirements to see if your country requires you to obtain a government statement: 

Government statement requirements

4. Submit your online application via the Dutch institution offering the course

With your online application, you will be asked to upload a valid passport copy, a current statement from your employer, and depending on your country of employment; a government statement. 

Selection procedure

If your application meets all the course admission requirements and the MSP eligibility criteria, you can be nominated by the Dutch institution for a scholarship. If your application is nominated by a Dutch institution; the steps are as follows:

  • The Dutch institution will submit a grant request to Nuffic requesting funding for eligible applications.
  • The Netherlands Embassy will check the applications on their eligibility, and will assess the applications based on the eligibility criteria and the Embassy country focus areas.
  • Only eligible applications will be taken in to further consideration. Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria will be rejected.
  • The selection will be determined by the available deadline budget, the number of applicants and the quality and suitability of the applications. Ideally half of the scholarships are allocated to female applicants.

The scholarships are awarded in a competitive selection to highly motivated professionals who are in a position to introduce the newly-acquired skills and knowledge into their employing organisation. 

Candidates whom have been nominated will be informed of the outcome of the selection by the Dutch institution. For any further questions concerning the MSP application and selection procedures, please contact the Dutch institution offering the course directly. You can find contact information for all institutions on www.studyfinder.nl.

Obligations for scholarship holders MSP 

The Mena Scholarship Programme is initiated and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by Nuffic.

last modified Apr 06, 2020 08:38 AM