Fully Funded Middle East and North Africa MENA Scholarship Program(MSP) in The Netherlands


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


The candidate must be a professional and a national of, and living and working in one of the countries on the MSP country list valid at the time of application;

b) The candidate must not be employed by an organization that has its own means of staff development.

Organizations that are considered to have their own means of staff development are for example, e.g:

 a multinational corporation (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft)

 a large national and/or a large commercial organization;

 a bilateral donor organization (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid);

 a multilateral donor organisation (e.g. a UN organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB);

 an international NGO (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care).

c) The candidate must have a current employer’s statement which complies with the format Nuffic has provided. All information must be provided and all commitments, which are included in the format, must be endorsed in the statement;

d) The candidate must have a government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established (if applicable);

e) The candidate must have an official passport valid at least three months after the submission date of the registration form by the candidate.

f) The age of the MSP candidate must not exceed 45 years at the time the grant request is submitted.


Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco​, Tunisia


1. Select a course on the MSP course list

The MSP course list for the April 2018 deadline will be published in February 2018.

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.