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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 NL 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 • Iraq • Jordan • Lebanon • Libya • Morocco • Mauritania • Syria • Oman • Sudan* • Tunisia

*Due to the current circumstances Sudan will not be part of the MSP scholarships application rounds in 2023.


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.

Provisional dates 2023

Round 2

  • Course registration in HOVI (institutions): 15 May
  • Course details check in Delta (institutions): 1 June - 27 June 16.00 CEST 
  • Applications (students): 28 June – 5 September 16.00 CEST 
  • Nomination of applicants (institutions): 19 September 16.00 CEST 
  • Eligibility check & assessment (embassies): 20 September - 19 October 16.00 CEST 
  • Grant letters: 6 November 2023 

All courses should take place between 1 February – 31 July 2024.

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

For more information, please send an email to msp@nuffic.nl

Code of Conduct

When we implement our programme, we acknowledge our Code of Conduct. In our Code of Conduct we describe how we put our mission and values into practice every day. We explain the professional and ethical behaviour that is expected from all of us and those who handle MSP group training.

Read our Code of Conduct