MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) | Middle East and North Africa

The MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) offers full scholarships to professionals from 10 countries in the Middle East and North Africa to do short courses in the Netherlands.

The main aim of the MSP scholarships is to contribute to a democratic transition in the selected 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 participate. The need for training has to be demonstrated in the context of the applicant’s organisation. The training course must help the organisation develop its capacity.

The target group is professionals (with a maximum age of 45 years) who are nationals of -and living and working in one of the selected countries: Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman (new), Syria* and Tunisia.

* MSP is not currently open to applicants applying from Syria. Applicants with Syrian nationality may apply if they reside and work in one of the other MSP countries on the list.

Read More: Government Of Netherlands Scholarships 2023 For International Students

MSP short course scholarship

Through this scholarship a limited selection of working professionals under 45 years old can follow a fully-funded short course study programme in the Netherlands. Short courses can take 2 up to 13 weeks.

Applying for scholarships is possible twice a year, usually in February or March and in September or October. Applications are handled by Dutch institutions offering the courses. Additional application requirements can vary per institution.

Available courses, offered in English or French, vary per country and depend on the priority themes per country. A limited amount of scholarships is awarded to highly motivated professionals who suit the country approach best. Applicants who don’t suit their country approach are not eligible for a scholarship.

Middle East and North Africa tailor-made training

Are you looking for more than a course just for you? Staff of an organisation, or a group of professionals with similar training needs can apply for tailor-made training (TMT), given by a Dutch knowledge provider.


Additionally, we also organise alumni events to further sustain relations and knowledge sharing between the MENA region and the Netherlands. Stay tuned for events by registering at

Application – MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP)

Follow these steps to apply:

  1. Check whether you are in the above mentioned target groups; 
  2. Check whether your employer will nominate you;
  3. Download an overview of short courses eligible for an MSP scholarship on the StudyinHolland websiteOpens external;
  4. Contact IHSOpens external who offers the course of your choice to find out how to apply.

All candidates who wish to apply for the fellowship need to first apply for the course of their choice. 

On this page, you will find the application deadlines in 2022. 

Application opening

  • At the University of Twente on 1 December 2021 (for pre-processing); later on at NUFFIC on 2 February 2022.
  • Application form closes: At the University of Twente on 10 March 2022; later on at NUFFIC on 22 March 2022.

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