Application Deadline:  24 March 2020.

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

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 staff development. 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);

How to apply
Before you apply, make sure you review the eligibility criteria carefully and check whether your employer is willing to nominate you for the scholarship. When you are certain that 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
  2. Contact the Dutch higher education 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
  4. Submit your online application via the Dutch institution offering the course

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.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the NFP/MSP (MENA) Scholarship Programme 2020/2021

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