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. Scholarships are available for short courses with a duration between two and twelve weeks.
Study Subject(s): Scholarships are awarded 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: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Scholarship can be taken at: Netherlands
Eligibility: 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 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 organization that has its own means of staff-development. Organizations 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 organizations, bilateral donor organizations (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid), multilateral donor organizations, (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;
-must not receive more than one fellowship for courses that take place at the same time;
-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.
Scholarship Open for International Students: Students from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Syria and Tunisia can apply for this MENA Scholarship Programme (currently applications from Oman and Syria will not be accepted).
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. They are distributed proportionally among the participating countries. Ideally, half of the scholarships are allocated to female applicants.
Duration of award(s): Scholarships are available for short courses with a duration between two and twelve weeks.
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:
-international travel costs
-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: Applicants need to apply for an MSP scholarship directly at the Dutch education institution. Only the Dutch institution will provide information about the programmes, selection criteria, application procedures and deadlines.
Scholarship Application Deadline: Applicants need to apply directly at the Dutch higher education institution of their choice, starting 1 September 2015. Institution submits grant application (nominates candidates) by November 2015.