2015 MENA Scholarship For North African Students in the Netherlands


Scholarship Name: Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Scholarship Programme

Brief description: Scholarships in Netherlands for mid-career professionals from Middle East and North Africa 2013/2014

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

  • 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

About Scholarship

The MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) enables professionals from ten selected countries to participate in a short course 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 organisations, by enabling employees to take part in short courses in various fields of study.
There are scholarships available for short courses with a duration of two to twelve weeks.

Target group

The MSP target group consists of professionals, aged up to 45, who are nationals of and work in one of the selected countries.
Scholarships are awarded to individuals, but the need for training must be demonstrated within the context of the organisation for which the applicant works. The training must help the organisation develop its capacity. Therefore, applicants must be nominated by their employers who have to motivate their nomination in a supporting letter.

Scholarship Offered Since: Not Specified

Selection Criteria

The candidates must be nationals of and working in one of the selected countries.

Who is qualified to apply?

A candidate applying for a MENA scholarship must:

  • apply for a course on the MENA course list 2015;
  • not have received a MENA Scholarship in the three years prior to the start of the proposed
  • MENA course;
  • complete a MENA scholarship application form and submit all the required documentation to the
  • Netherlands Embassy;
  • be a national of and working in one of the seven selected countries;
  • be a mid-career professional with at least three years’ work experience;
  • not be employed by:

–          a multinational corporation (e.g. Shell, Unilever);

–          a large national and/or commercial organisation;

–          a bilateral donor organisation (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, BuZa, 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).

  • meet the admission requirements of the selected course. As such he or she must have at least a diploma or a bachelor’s degree in one of the selected fields of study and meet other educational or professional requirements, which may vary per course
  •  offer evidence of proficiency in speaking and writing the language of instruction (English in most cases).

Number of Scholarship:  Several

Value: A MENA scholarship is a contribution to the costs of the selected short course and is intended to supplement the salary that the scholarship holder must continue to receive during the study period.

The following items are covered:

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

The allowances are considered to be sufficient to cover one person’s living expenses during the study period. The scholarship holders must cover any other costs from their own resources.

Eligible African Countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Syria and Tunisia

To be taken at (country): Netherlands

Application Deadline: August 2015

Offered annually? Yes

How to Apply

Visit scholarship webpage for details

Sponsors: The MENA Scholarship Programme is initiated and fully funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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