MSP Scholarships in the Netherlands are open to applicants from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Syria and Tunisia. Ideally, half of the scholarships are allocated to female applicants.

The Mena Scholarship Programme aims to contribute to the democratic transition in the participating countries. It is also aimed at contributing to capacity building within a wide range of governmental, non-governmental and private organisations and institutions in the selected countries.

Worth of Award

The scholarship covers:

  • subsistence allowance
  • international travel costs
  • visa costs
  • course fee
  • medical insurance
  • allowance for study materials
  • All courses have a duration of between two and twelve weeks and will start between June 2014 and February 2015.
  • The target group is professionals (with a maximum age of 45) who are nationals of and working in one of the selected countries.
  • While scholarships are awarded to individuals, the need for training must be demonstrated in the context of the organisation for which the applicant works.
  • The training must help the organisation develop its capacity. This means that employers must nominate an applicant and motivate his or her application in a supporting letter.


Eligible Courses

You can use an MSP scholarship for a number of selected short courses in one of the following fields of study:

  • Economics, commerce, management and accounting;
  • Agriculture and environment;
  • Mathematics, natural sciences and computer science;
  • Engineering;
  • Law, public administration, public order and safety;
  • Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts.

The short courses are offered by educational institutions in the Netherlands, which provide professional training at post-secondary level.

How to Apply

  • Applications for the MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) should be submitted to the Netherlands Embassy in your own country before the scholarship application deadline.
  • This page explains how you can apply for a scholarship and how the selection procedure works.

You must complete and sign the MSP Scholarship application form 2014. You can obtain this form from the Netherlands Embassy in your country or download it online.

The application form should be accompanied by the following necessary documents

  • Evidence of proficiency in speaking and writing the language of instruction;
  • An employer’s statement (download the requirements below);
  • A complete copy of your passport or other official identity document;
  • Certified copies of educational records in English or French (provide translations if necessary);
  • A detailed curriculum vitae (CV) in English;
  • One current photo;
  • A copy of your birth certificate (if requested by the Embassy).

Selection Procedure

The number of applications for an MSP Scholarship always exceeds the number of available scholarships. The following selection procedure applies:

  • The Dutch embassies in your country assess your application against the eligibility criteria, give specific recommendations and may prioritise applications.
  • The embassies forward the complete and eligible applications to Nuffic.
  • Nuffic forwards the applications to the Dutch institution that provides the course to request academic admission for the candidates.
  • The Dutch institutions assess the applications and decide whether the applicants’ educational background and professional experience meet the specific requirements of the course. The institutions decide who is admitted to a course. Only candidates admitted to a course will be eligible for an MSP scholarship.
  • These assessments will lead to a selection. The final selection becomes available about two months after the scholarship application deadline.
  • Nuffic informs the Dutch institutions and the embassies about the outcome of the selection.

Deadline: The next MSP application deadline is February 4, 2014

Click here for details about applying

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