MENA Scholarship Programme for Short Courses in Netherlands, 2014/15

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Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs is funding MENA scholarship programme for pursuing short courses in Netherlands. The MENA Scholarship Programme offers around 140 scholarships a year to professionals (with a maximum age of 45) and these scholarships are distributed proportionally among the ten participating countries. Ideally, half of the scholarships are allocated to female applicants. All courses have a duration of between two to twelve weeks and will start between June 2014 and February 2015. Application should be submitted till 4th February 2014.

Study Subject(s): Scholarships are provided 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 science; Engineering; Law, public administration, public order and safety and Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts.
Course Level: Scholarships are available for selected short courses at educational institutions in the Netherlands.
Scholarship Provider: Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Scholarship can be taken at: Netherlands

Eligibility: apply for a course on the MENA course list 2013;
-not have received a MENA scholarship in the three years prior to the year in which the proposed MENA course starts;
-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 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, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Fin Aid, Aus Aid, ADC, Swiss Aid);
-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, they 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. These requirements are specified on the MENA course list available in chapter 10 of this brochure. Please also contact the institution directly for more information.
-offer evidence of proficiency in speaking and writing the language of instruction (English in most cases). Preferably, a candidate should provide evidence in the form of an official and verifiable score in an internationally recognised test, such as IELTS (a score of at least 6.0) or TOEFL (a score of at least 550 points on the paper
-based test, 213 points on the computer
-based test or79 points on the internet
-based test). If the candidate cannot provide sufficient evidence, theembassy will evaluate the candidate’s knowledge of the language. However, the final decision about a candidate’s language proficiency lies with the Dutch institution.
-be nominated by their employer, who pledges to continue to pay a substantial part of the candidate’s salary during the study period, and guarantees that at the end of the scholarship period the candidate will be offered a position at least equivalent to the current position;
-demonstrate a solid link between their work and the selected course; the course must have added value for the sustainable capacity development of the employing organisation and the development of the country;
-be available for the entire period of the course and be physically and mentally able to take part in the entire course;
-declare that they will return to their home country immediately upon completion of the course.

Scholarship Open for International Students: The students of Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Sryia and Tunisia can apply for this  scholarship.

Scholarship Description: The MENA Scholarship Programme offers around 140 scholarships a year to professionals. The scholarships can be used for selected short courses in the Netherlands. The MENA Scholarships are distributed proportionally among the ten participating countries (Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Sryia and Tunisia). Ideally, half of the scholarships are allocated to female applicants. The overall aim of the MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) is to contribute to the democratic transition in the participating countries. Furthermore, the MSP aims to contribute to capacity building within a wide range of governmental, non-governmental and private organisations and institutions in the selected countries.

Number of award(s): The MENA Scholarship Programme offers around 140 scholarships a year to professionals.

Duration of award(s): All courses have a duration of between two to twelve weeks and will start between June 2014 and February 2015.

What does it cover? An MSP scholarship is a contribution to the costs of the selected short course and should supplement your salary which you must continue to receive during the study period.
The scholarship covers:
-subsistence allowance
-international travel costs
-visa costs
-course fee
-medical insurance
-allowance for study materials
The allowances are considered to be sufficient to cover your living expenses during the study period.

Selection Criteria: The embassies assess your application against the eligibility criteria, give specific recommendations and may priorities applications.

Notification: The final selection becomes available about two months after the scholarship application deadline. Nuffic informs the Dutch institutions and the embassies about the outcome of the selection. The Dutch institutions inform the selected candidates about the outcome of the selection by email. Nuffic informs candidates who are not eligible or who have not been selected for a scholarship by email.

How to Apply: Applications for the MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) should be submitted to the Netherlands Embassy in your own country before the scholarship application deadline. The application form should be accompanied by the following necessary documents
-Evidence of proficiency in speaking and writing the language of instruction;
-An employer’s statement (download the requirements below);
-A complete copy of your passport or other official identity document;
-Certified copies of educational records in English or French (provide translations if necessary);
-A detailed curriculum vitae (CV) in English;
-One current photo;
-A copy of your birth certificate (if requested by the Embassy).

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 4th February 2014.

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