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Middle East and North Africa MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) 2021 for Students to Study in The Netherlands

The overall aim of the MSP is contributing to capacity building within organisations by enabling employees 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 organisation the applicant is employed by.

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About The Middle East and North Africa MENA

MENA is an English-language acronym referring to the Middle East and North Africa. It is alternatively called the WANA (West Asia and North Africa). The MENA acronym is often used in academia, military planning, disaster relief, media planning as a broadcast region, and business writing.[1][2] Moreover, the region shares a number of cultural, economic and environmental similarities across the countries; for example, some of the most extreme impacts of climate change will be felt in the region.... read more


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The Middle East and North Africa MENA Postgraduate Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of The Middle East and North Africa MENA Postgraduate Scholarship

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.


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Requirements for The Middle East and North Africa MENA Postgraduate Scholarship Qualification

  • 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;Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman and Tunisia. 
  • 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.

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Application Deadline

March 23, 2021


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to The Middle East and North Africa MENA on to apply

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

  1. Check whether you are in the above mentioned target groups.
  2. Check whether your employer will nominate you.
  3. 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.


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