2020 Nuffic MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) for Short Courses
Deadline: March 24, 2020.
The overall aim of the MSP is to contribute to sustainable democratic transition in the participating 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 MSP is open to professionals who are nationals of – and living and working in – one of the countries listed below:
- Syria *
To be eligible for an MSP scholarship:
▪ one must be a professional and national of, and living and working in one of the countries on the MSP country list valid at the time of application;
▪ one must have a current employer’s statement that complies with the format Nuffic has provided. All information must be provided and all commitments that are included in the format must be endorsed in the statement;
▪ one must not be employed by an organisation that has its own means of staffdevelopment. Organisations that are considered to have their own means of staff development are for example: multinational corporations (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft); – large national and/or a large commercial organisation; – bilateral donor organisations (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid); – multilateral donor organisations, (e.g. a UN organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB); – international NGO’s (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care).
▪ one must have an official and valid passport (valid at least 3 months after the candidate submission date)
▪ one must have a government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established (if applicable)
Application for the MSP takes place via Dutch institutions. Each deadline, these institutions provide a list of courses available for that deadline. The short courses on offer fall within several fields of study, and have a duration of 2 to 12 weeks.
Before you decide to apply, make sure to do these 3 things:
- Review the eligibility criteria carefully.
- Check whether your employer is willing to nominate you for the scholarship.
- Check if your application fits within the country focus areas of your country, which are taken into consideration when scholarship applications are nominated and assessed.
When you are certain you are eligible for an MSP scholarship, you can start making the necessary preparations for your application.
Follow these steps to apply:
1. Select a course on the MSP course list
2. Contact the Dutch institution that is offering the course for information on:
- course content
- the application deadline (deadlines can differ per Dutch institution)
- the application and selection procedures
- the online application form and the supporting documents
3. Prepare your application and the supporting documents
Please check the government statement requirements to see if your country requires you to obtain a government statement:
4. Submit your online application via the Dutch institution offering the course
With your online application, you will be asked to upload a valid passport copy, a current statement from your employer, and depending on your country of employment; a government statement.