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 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.

Target group

The MSP scholarship programme 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.

Dates 2021

Round 2

  • 1 September – registration opens for candidates
  • 12 October at 16.00 hrs CEST– registration closes for candidates
  • 26 October at 16.00 hrs – deadline for nominating candidates by Dutch education institutions 
  • 27 October at 16.00 hrs – opening assessment for embassies 
  • 23 November 16.00 hrs – deadline for assessment applications by embassies
  • 14 December– selection and grant awards

All courses start between 21 February and 26 July 2022.  The next scholarship round will open in February 2022, more information will be available in December.

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.


New calls will be published on the open calls page.

More information

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