Netherlands Embassy in Cairo, Egypt

MENA Scholarship Programme

The MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) was initiated by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which also fully funds the programme. MSP was set up in 2007 as a result of the growing interest in both the Arab world and the Netherlands to strengthen mutual ties in the areas of education, culture and trade.

The MENA Scholarship Programme enables professionals from Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan and Libya to do a short course in the Netherlands. Each year around 140 scholarships are available, which are proportionally distributed among the participating countries. Ideally, half of the scholarships are allocated to female applicants. 

The scholarship

MSP scholarships can be used for a number of selected short courses offered by educational institutions in the Netherlands. The institutions provide professional training at post-secondary level in several fields of study. The list of selected short courses can be found at An MSP scholarship is a contribution to the costs of the selected short course and is intended to supplement the salary that the scholarship holder must continue to receive during the study period.

Target group

The target group is professionals (with a maximum age of 45) who are nationals of and working in one of the selected countries.

While scholarships are awarded to individuals, the need for training must be demonstrated in the context of the organisation for which the applicant works. The training must help the organisation develop its capacity. This means that employers must nominate an applicant and motivate his or her application in a supporting letter.

To see if you are eligible for an MSP scholarship:

The focus of the MSP is on the following sectors and/or themes below:

-       Human rights

-       Press

-       Democratization

-       Economic growth


Duration of courses is between two to twelve weeks.

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