Nuffic MENA Scholarship Programme 2018 (Fully-funded)

Applications are open for the Nuffic MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) 2018.  Nuffic (The Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education) offers fellowships for training courses in The Netherlands. These fellowships seek to develop and strengthen the skills, instincts, and abilities of professionals to enable their organisations and communities to succeed in an ever-changing world. 

The MENA Scholarship Programme aims to contribute to the democratic transition in one of the 10 participating countries in the Middle East and North Africa region. It also seeks to build capacity within organisations by enabling employees (45 years and younger) to participate in short courses in various fields of study.

The main aim of the MSP is to contribute to democratic transition in the selected countries. It also aims at building capacity within organisations in the region, by enabling employees to take part in short courses in the Netherlands. While the scholarship is awarded to individuals, the need for training must be demonstrated in the context of the organisation the applicant is employed by. The training must help the organisation develop its capacity. A candidate for the MSP, must therefore be nominated by an employer to participate in the programme.

The Nuffic programme is initiated and (almost) fully funded by the budget for development cooperation at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.



The Nuffic Fellowship will cover the tuition fee, return flights from an international airport to Amsterdam, insurance, accommodation and a small Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA).

Nuffic MENA Scholarship Eligibility

  • In order to qualify for a Nuffic Fellowship, you must first obtain academic admission at The Hague Academy. Once your application has been assessed and admitted, you will receive further instructions to complete fellowship application.
  • The target group is professionals (with a maximum age of 45 years) who are nationals of -and living and working in one of the selected countries: Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria* and Tunisia.
    • MSP is not currently open to applicants applying from Syria. Applicants with the Syrian nationality may apply if they are residing and working in one of the other MSP countries on the list

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);
  • the age of the MSP candidate must not exceed 45 years of age at the time of the grant submission.
  • the candidate must not receive more than one MSP scholarship for courses that take place at the same time.

Eligible Courses

The following training courses will be eligible:

  • Inclusive Service Delivery & the SDGs (18 – 29 March 2019)
  • Citizen Participation and Inclusive Governance (8 – 19 April 2019)
  • Integrity and Anti-Corruption (17 – 28 June 2019)

How to Apply for Nuffic MENA Scholarship

Before you apply, make sure you review the eligibility criteria carefully and check whether your employer is willing to nominate you for the scholarship. When you are certain that you are eligible for an MSP scholarship, you can start making the necessary preparations for your application.

Follow these steps to apply:

  • Select a course on the MSP course list
  • Contact the Dutch higher education 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
  • Prepare your application and the supporting documents
  • Submit your online application via the Dutch institution offering the course

The Hague Academy uses a two-step application procedure:

  • Applicants must obtain an academic admission from THA via the step-by-step procedure explained on this page. The application will be assessed for eligibility and relevance.
  • If you meet all the academic and eligibility criteria you will receive an invitation to proceed with the second step in the scholarship application procedure, registering for the scholarship in ATLAS (the Nuffic online application system)

Important information before starting your application:

  • The deadline for applications is the 18th October 2018 at 24h00. The application form will no longer be available after this deadline.
  • Please read the Nuffic Obligation for MENA Scholarship Holders before starting your application.
  • Follow the step-by-step instructions, and pay careful attention to the Quality Guidelines provided.
  • Prepare all your documents in advance. (You cannot complete your application without all necessary documents)
  • Supporting documents must be uploaded in PDF format and must not exceed 2 MB.
  • Carefully check your application before you submit it. Once your application has been submitted, there will be no further opportunity to replace or revise the documents.
    Only applications with all the required documents in the correct formats will be considered.
  • ONLY applicants who have been admitted to proceed into the next round will be notified. This decision is final and not subject to discussion and/or correspondence.

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit Nuffic MENA Scholarship.

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