Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Scholarship Programme 2013 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?

The MENA Scholarship Programme’s target group are mid-career professionals who are employed by organizations or institutions operating in one of the following fields of study:

  • Water management
  • Business administration and management
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
  • Geographical Information Science.

About Scholarship

The MENA Scholarship Programme enables mid career professionals from Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Syria and Tunisia to undertake a short course in the Netherlands. Each year there are around 120 scholarships available, which are proportionally distributed among the participating countries. Ideally, half of the scholarships are allocated to female applicants.

Scholarship Offered Since: Not Specified

By what Criteria is Selection Made?

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 2013;
  • 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).

How Many Scholarship Positions are available? About 120

What are the benefits?

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 long will sponsorship last?

The programme will run between January and December 2012. All courses will be conducted in 2012 and have a duration of between two and twelve weeks.

Eligible African Countries

Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Syria and Tunisia

To be taken at (country): Netherlands

Application Deadline

There are two scholarship application deadlines for the MENA Scholarship Programme. Depending on the course, applications must be submitted at the Netherlands Embassy either before 1 March 2013 or before 2 July 2013 (subject to change). Contact Netherlands Embassy in your couintry for details

Offered annually? Yes

How can I Apply?

If you need more Information about this scholarship, kindly download Scholarship Webpage


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

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