You may be eligible for an MSP scholarship if you are living and working in:

Click on your country to read more about eligibility, application process, and the thematic approach in your country.

*Due to the current circumstances Sudan will not be part of the MSP scholarships application rounds in 2024.


Syrians can apply for a scholarship if they are living and working in one of the other countries listed above.

About the MENA Scholarship Programme

The MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) aims to build bridges through knowledge by offering opportunities for capacity building within organisations in the Middle East and North Africa. It enables young professional impact makers to take part in short courses in the Netherlands, and it facilitates tailor made training for organisations in the region.

The MSP focuses on building strong relations between the participating countries and the Netherlands by fostering strong alumni networks. It contributes to mutual understanding and knowledge sharing. The programme is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of the Shiraka programme and managed by Nuffic.

MSP short course scholarship

Through this scholarship a limited selection of working professionals up to (and including) 45 years old can follow a fully-funded short course study programme in the Netherlands. Short courses can take 2 up to 13 weeks.

Applying for scholarships is possible twice a year, usually in February or March and in September or October. Applications are handled by Dutch institutions offering the courses. Additional application requirements can vary per institution.

Available courses, offered in English or French, vary per country and depend on the priority themes per country. A limited amount of scholarships is awarded to highly motivated professionals who suit the country approach best. Applicants who don’t suit their country approach are not eligible for a scholarship.

MSP tailor-made training

Are you looking for more than a course just for you? Staff of an organisation, or a group of professionals with similar training needs can apply for tailor-made training (TMT), given by a Dutch knowledge provider.

Alumni & ambassadors

We love to hear from our alumni! Share your unique experiences and contribute to a vibrant global network of knowledge exchange and professional growth. By sharing your stories, inspire others to follow in your footsteps.

Social campaign
To be part of our MSP alumni social media campaign on Facebook and LinkedIn, please contact with subject title [MSP alumni social campaign] and answer the following questions;

  1. How did receiving the MSP scholarship influence/change your life?
  2. What specific skills did you learn during your course?
  3. How did you obtaining a scholarship for a course in the Netherlands influence or help those around you (friends/family/colleagues)?

In addition to answering these questions, please also share;

  1. Your country + age + currrent employer/job + what course and year you studied in the Netherlands
  2. A photo of yourself
  3. Your social media account (if you like to be tagged)

By sending in your answers and referring to the MSP alumni social campaign you agree to our privacy policy.


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