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. All courses have a duration of between two to twelve weeks and will start between June 2014 and February 2015. Application should be submitted till 4th February 2014.
Scholarships are provided 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.
Scholarships are available for selected short courses at educational institutions in the Netherlands.
apply for a course on the MENA course list 2013;
-not have received a MENA scholarship in the three years prior to the year in which the proposed MENA course starts;
-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 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, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Fin Aid, Aus Aid, ADC, Swiss Aid);
-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, they 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. These requirements are specified on the MENA course list available in chapter 10 of this brochure. Please also contact the institution directly for more information.
-offer evidence of proficiency in speaking and writing the language of instruction (English in most cases). Preferably, a candidate should provide evidence in the form of an official and verifiable score in an internationally recognised test, such as IELTS (a score of at least 6.0) or TOEFL (a score of at least 550 points on the paper
-based test, 213 points on the computer
-based test or79 points on the internet
-based test). If the candidate cannot provide sufficient evidence, theembassy will evaluate the candidate’s knowledge of the language. However, the final decision about a candidate’s language proficiency lies with the Dutch institution.
-be nominated by their employer, who pledges to continue to pay a substantial part of the candidate’s salary during the study period, and guarantees that at the end of the scholarship period the candidate will be offered a position at least equivalent to the current position;
-demonstrate a solid link between their work and the selected course; the course must have added value for the sustainable capacity development of the employing organisation and the development of the country;
-be available for the entire period of the course and be physically and mentally able to take part in the entire course;
-declare that they will return to their home country immediately upon completion of the course.
The students of Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Sryia and Tunisia can apply for this scholarship.
How to apply
Applications for the MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) should be submitted to the Netherlands Embassy in your own country before the scholarship application deadline. The application form should be accompanied by the following necessary documents
-Evidence of proficiency in speaking and writing the language of instruction;
-An employer’s statement (download the requirements below);
-A complete copy of your passport or other official identity document;
-Certified copies of educational records in English or French (provide translations if necessary);
-A detailed curriculum vitae (CV) in English;
-One current photo;
-A copy of your birth certificate (if requested by the Embassy).
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Scholarship Application Deadline
The application deadline is 4th February 2014.