Application for Netherland’s MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) is Now Open- Deadline April 2016

Post date: Feb 5, 2016 6:09:01 PM

The application for Netherlands Middle East and North Africa Scholarship Programme (MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP)) is Currently Open.

The overall aim of the MSP is to build capacity within organizations by enabling employees to take part in short courses in various fields of study.

Under MSP, candidates no longer request for scholarship at the Netherlands Consulate General but directly at the Dutch institutions.

Please find below important information concerning the MSP programme and upcoming April 2016 deadline:

Deadlines in 2016

There are two MSP deadlines scheduled in 2016; in April and November. The April deadline will now cover courses commencing between 28 July 2016 and 22 February 2017, and the November deadline will cover courses starting between 23 February - 27 July 2017.

MSP course list

A list of the available MSP courses will be published on the:<

You can find the courses via< One can filter on the type of education> Short course and use the NFP filter to gain to access to a list of available NFP short courses.

Whether a course is eligible for an MSP scholarship can be seen in the course admission information.

The application deadlines differ per higher education institution (HEI). Therefore please advise potential applicants to contact the institution offering the course for more information.

Contact information can be found via<> and by googling the HEI.

Useful links

Information for applicants, the MSP flyer and -course list can be found here:

To be eligible for an MSP scholarship you:

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

•must have an employer’s statement that complies with the format EP-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 for staff development are for example:

•multinational corporations (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft),

•large national and/or a large commercial organisations,

•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 organization, 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 three months after the candidate's submission date);

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

•must not be over 45 years of age at the time of the grant submission.


You can use an MSP scholarship for a number of selected short courses in one of the following fields of study:



•Management and Accounting

•Agriculture and Environment


•Natural sciences and Computer sciences


•Law Public Administration

•Public order and Safety


•Social sciences

•Communication and Arts

How to apply

You need to apply directly at the Dutch higher education institution of your choice.

1.Check whether you are in the abovementioned target groups.

2.Check whether your employer will nominate you.

3.Download an overview of short courses eligible for an MSP scholarship:

MSP course list April 2016(61 kB)

4.Contact the Dutch higher education institution that offers the course of your choice to find out whether this course is eligible for an MSP scholarship and how to apply.

Selection process

The Dutch higher education institution will let you know whether your application is accepted or not. To get more insight in the process, please check the step by step NFP selection process in our infographic:

We wish all the best and success to every candidate.

Directorate of International Academic Relations