Deadline: October 13, 2020

Applications for the Nuffic MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) 2020 are now open. The MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) offers scholarships to professionals for short courses in the Netherlands.

The overall aim of the MSP is contributing to capacity building within organisations by enabling employees to take part in short courses in the Netherlands. It also aims at strengthening the relations between the participating countries and The Netherlands by building a sustainable alumni network.

The scholarships are awarded in a competitive selection to highly motivated professionals ‘change makers’ who are in a position to introduce the newly-acquired skills and knowledge into their employing organisation. 50% of all scholarships are allocated to female applicants.

Eligibility

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.

To be eligible for an MSP scholarship:

  • Applicant 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;
  • 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;
  • 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);
  • Must have an official and valid passport (valid at least 3 months after the candidate submission date);
  • 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 is only allowed to submit one scholarship application. If the candidate submits more than one application only the last application will be taken into consideration. All other applications will be marked as not eligible without notifying;
  • The scholarship application is in line with the priority areas mentioned in the Country Focus Document.

Application

Follow these steps to apply:

  1. Select a course on the MSP course list
    The new course list of the MENA Scholarship Programme will be published as soon as possible.
  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
  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.

For more information, visit Study in Holland.

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