Brief description: The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Scholarship Programme (or MSP) offers scholarships to professionals from ten countries. The scholarships can be used for short courses, with duration up to 90 days, in the Netherlands.
Upcoming Application Deadline: 4th October, 2016 (First Tuesday in October annual deadline)
Other Deadlines: 1st Tuesday of March or July
Offered annually? Yes
Eligible Countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Syria and Tunisia
To be taken at (country): Netherlands
Scholarship Name: Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Scholarship Programme
Accepted Subject Areas: 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
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.
Selection Criteria: The candidates must be nationals of and working in one of the selected countries.
Who is qualified to apply: To be considered for a provisional nomination a candidate must be found eligible to be unconditionally admitted by the University of Twente. To qualify for this scholarship, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
- must live and work in one of the countries on the MSP/MENA country list. For MSP/MENA, priority is given to female applicants.
- candidate must be nominated by their employer to be considered for nomination. This means candidate will need to provide an employer’s statement. The mandatory format of this letter can be downloaded via the webpage link below. Candidate must not be employed by an organization that has its own means of staff-development or is considered a large business.
- candidate must supply a motivation on why they wish to be nominated. Please see the format for motivation via the webpage link below.
- If candidate works for a government entity, he/she might be required to submit a government statement. Please check the webpage link below if you are required to do so. You can download the mandatory format of this letter via the webpage link below.
If you are considered eligible for consideration for MSP/MENA funding by the University of Twente you will receive a link a web-form (ATLAS) for the formal NFP/MENA application process.
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.
How to Apply: Before you start filling out the registration form, please read the registration instructions for candidates carefully.
When you apply using the candidate registration form, it is essential to have all required, aforementioned documents readily available.
It is not possible to save your application or return to it in a later stage. Once the institute MSP/MENA deadline is passed, applications will be longer considered.
The University of Twente will determine the final pre-nomination positions based on your application in ATLAS. You will be informed on the outcome accordingly within 4 weeks after deadline.
The University of Twente plays no part in the final allocation of a scholarship. Nuffic will determine the allocation of fellowships and will also consult Embassies in the selection process.. If you have been selected by Nuffic, yet are not in the position to attend the course under MSP/MENA we stress you to inform us immediately.
If you have additional questions about the MSP/MENA scholarship application process, please contact the NFP contact person for the University of Twente.
Sponsors: The MENA Scholarship Programme is initiated and fully funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Important Notes: The application and nomination process of the MSP/MENA programme funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is executed by the University of Twente. Application for an MSP/MENA scholarship is a procedure separate from the application for course entry. Regardless of funding you will need to register for a course first.