Nuffic MENA Scholarship Programme for Short Courses in the Netherlands, 2018


Applications are open for the Nuffic MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) 2018. Nuffic (The Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education) offers fellowships for training courses in The Netherlands. These fellowships seek to develop and strengthen the skills, instincts, and abilities of professionals to enable their organisations and communities to succeed in an ever-changing world.

The MENA Scholarship Programme aims to contribute to the democratic transition in one of the 10 participating countries in the Middle East and North Africa region. It also seeks to build capacity within organisations by enabling employees (45 years and younger) to participate in short courses in various fields of study.



The Nuffic Fellowship will cover the tuition fee, return flights from an international airport to Amsterdam, insurance, accommodation and a small Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA).

1. In order to qualify for a Nuffic Fellowship, you must first obtain academic admission at The Hague Academy. Once your application has been assessed and admitted, you will receive further instructions to complete fellowship application.

2. The target group is professionals (with a maximum age of 45 years) who are nationals of -and living and working in one of the selected countries: Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria* and Tunisia.

*MSP is not currently open to applicants applying from Syria. Applicants with the Syrian nationality may apply if they are residing and working in one of the other MSP countries on the list

To be eligible for an MSP scholarship:

1. one must be a professional and national of, and living and working in one of the countries on the MSP country list valid at the time of application;
2. one must have a current 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;
3. one must not be employed by an organisation that has its own means of staff development. Organisations that are considered to have their own means of staff development are for example: multinational corporations (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft);
4. large national and/or a large commercial organisation;
5. bilateral donor organisations (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid);
multilateral donor organisations, (e.g. a UN organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB);
international NGO’s (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care).
6. one must have an official and valid passport (valid at least 3 months after the candidate submission date);
7. one must have a government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established (if applicable);
8. the age of the MSP candidate must not exceed 45 years of age at the time of the grant submission.
9. the candidate must not receive more than one MSP scholarship for courses that take place at the same time.

Eligible Courses

The following training courses will be eligible:

1. Inclusive Service Delivery & the SDGs (18 – 29 March 2019)
2. Citizen Participation and Inclusive Governance (8 – 19 April 2019)
3. Integrity and Anti-Corruption (17 – 28 June 2019)

October 18, 2018.

Application Process
Follow these steps to apply:

1. Select a course on the MSP course list
2. Contact the Dutch higher education institution that is offering the course for information on:
i. course content
ii. the application deadline (deadlines can differ per Dutch institution)
iii. the application and selection procedures
iv. the online application form and the supporting documents

3. Prepare your application and the supporting documents
4. Submit your online application via the Dutch institution offering the course

The Hague Academy uses a two-step application procedure:

1. Applicants must obtain an academic admission from THA via the step-by-step procedure explained on this page. The application will be assessed for eligibility and relevance.

2. If you meet all the academic and eligibility criteria you will receive an invitation to proceed with the second step in the scholarship application procedure, registering for the scholarship in ATLAS (the Nuffic online application system).

Online Application

Click here for more details and application


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