The MENA Scholarship Programme  at Netherlands (MSP)  is being offered  to professionals for short courses in the Netherlands.  Mena Scholarship Programme is initiated and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by Nuffic. This scholarship is one of the easiest ways to access foreign education. Holland has rich educational system that is consistent with current trend in technology and other relevant academic.

In this article I will explain to you details of this scholarship, eligibility criteria, the scholarship value, eligible countries, available courses etc. Please note that it is only students who met the eligibility criteria will be considered. 

Brief Discription of MENA  Scholarship

The overall aim of the MENA Scholarship Programme Netherlands is to contribute to capacity building within organizations by enabling employees and academic researchers 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.

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 in the applicant is employed. The institution or organization will attest to good moral conduct for the applicant. See also Nokia Foundation Scholarship

Host Country: Holland 

Sponsors: Dutch Government through Nuffic 

Number of Scholarships: Not specific but several number will be awarded

Duration: Check the website 

Level: Master’s and Postgraduate 

Target Group: International Students. The  MENA Scholarship Programme Netherlands  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 organization. 50% of all scholarships are allocated to female applicants.



Eligible Countires:

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

Available Course

  • Economics
  • Commerce
  • Management and Accounting
  • Agriculture and Environment
  • Mathematics
  • Natural sciences and Computer sciences
  • Engineering
  • Law Public Administration
  • Public order and Safety
  • Humanities
  • Social sciences
  • Communication and Arts

 Scholarship Value

MENA scholarship is a contribution towards the costs of the selected short course and it is planned  to supplement the salary  of recipient throughout the scholarship period.

The scholarships awards will includes;

  • subsistence allowance
  • international travel costs
  • visa costs
  • course fee
  • medical insurance
  • allowance for study materials.

Eligibility criteria for MENA Scholarship Programme

To be eligible for an MSP scholarship:

  • You 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.
  • You 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.
  • You 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 multinational corporations (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft), large national and/or a large commercial organizations, bilateral donor organizations (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid), multilateral donor organizations, (e.g. a UN organization, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB), international NGO’s (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care).
  • You must have an official and valid passport (valid at least 3 months after the candidate submission date).
  • You 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. See also Federal Government of Nigeria 2020/2021 Bilateral Educational Agreement Scholarship for Nigerian Undergraduates, Masters and PhD Students To study Overseas

Current application round and deadlines

Round 2 is now open for applications. Nuffic’s deadline for applications is 13 October 2020 at 16.00 CEST.

Each education institution has a different deadline for student applications. Please contact the institution for more information or take a look at the deadlines in the course list.

  • Deadline for student applications: latest 13 October 2020 16.00 CEST
  • Nomination of applicants by institutions: 27 October 2020 16.00 CEST
  • Eligibility check & assessment by embassies: 27 October – 24 November 2020 16.00 CEST
  • Selection/Grant letters: 15 December 2020

All courses will start between 23 February – 27 July 2021. Due to the current Covid-19 situation, it is possible that the first part of the course will take place online between 23 February and 27 July 2021 and the second part will take place in the Netherlands, once the situation allows face-to-face training again. It is also possible that courses will take place entirely online.

All education institutions will do their utmost to host a part of the course in the Netherlands.

How to apply for MENA Scholarship

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. See also Illinois Wesleyan University Financial Aid for International Students

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

  1. Review the eligibility criteria carefully.
  2. Check whether your employer is willing to nominate you for the scholarship. 
  3. 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.

Please apply here