MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP)

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The MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) offers scholarships to professionals for short courses in the Netherlands. It also has a Tailor-Made Training component.

MSP individual scholarships

Looking for a scholarship?

If you want to apply for an individual scholarship you can find all candidate information on our Study in Holland website.


The main aim of the MSP scholarships is to contribute to democratic transition in the selected countries. It also aims at building capacity within organisations, by enabling employees to take part in short courses in the Netherlands.

While the scholarship is awarded to individuals, all candidates must be nominated by their employer to be able to participate. The need for training has to be demonstrated in the context of the organisation the applicant is employed by. The training course must help the organisation develop its capacity.

Target group

The MSP scholarships is open to professionals who are nationals of - and living and working in - one of the countries listed below:

Algeria • Egypt • Iran • Iraq • Jordan • Lebanon • Libya • Morocco • Syria • Tunisia


Oman is a special MSP country. Applicants from Oman are currently not eligible for MSP individual scholarships. In Oman we only run TMT group Tailor-Made Training projects.


MSP is not currently open to professionals applying for scholarships from Syria. Applicants with the Syrian nationality may apply if they are residing and working in one of the other MSP countries listed.

More information

For more information on the eligibility criteria, and the application and selection procedures please download the information for scholarships applicants:

MENA Scholarship (MSP) - Information for applicants‌ (88.7 kB)

Provisional deadline overview November 2019

  • 13 Aug – deadline course registration in Hodex/SK123 before:
  • 5 Sep at 02.00 hrs - deadline for checking course details in Delta
  • 5 Sep at 14.00 hrs – registration opens for candidates
  • 22 Oct at 16.00 hrs – registration closes for candidates
  • 5 Nov at 23.00 hrs – deadline for nominating your candidates
  • 28 Nov at 23.00 hrs – embassy assessment finished
  • 19 Dec – selection and grant awards

Deadline overview MSP 2019‌ (63.2 kB)


The programme is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You can read the policy framework in the Dutch Staatscourant:

Policy framework Mena Scholarship Programme (in Dutch)

Amendments to policy framework MSP (in Dutch)

MSP TMT subsidy for group training

A TMT provides accessible (regional) training, which is customised to the participants’ actual work environment. It is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of a group of professionals with common training needs and/or the overall functioning of an organisation.


In the first half of 2019 2 calls for Tailor-Made Training are scheduled to be published, 1 for Oman and 1 for Syria, with a maximum budget of € 50,000 each.

The calls will be published on the open calls page.

Documents for Dutch training providers

Financial Rules and Regulations for MSP TMT grants‌ (186.8 kB)

Format narrative report MSP-TMT

Statement of actual costs MSP TMT‌ (101.4 kB)

Format list of participants MSP TMT‌ (22.7 kB)

More information

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