MENA Scholarship Programme for Africans 2022-2023

mena scholarship programme

MENA Scholarship Programme for Africans is a short-term course in the Netherlands for young professionals from the Middle East and North Africa. 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.

About the MENA Scholarship Programme

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 Shiraki programme and managed by Nuffic.


You may be eligible for an MSP scholarship if you are living and working in:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Oman
  • Tunisia

Syria: Syrians can apply for a scholarship if they are living and working in one of the other countries listed above.

MSP short course scholarship

Through this scholarship, a limited selection of working professionals under 45 years old can follow a fully-funded short-course study programme in the Netherlands. Short courses can take 2 up to 13 weeks.

Applying for scholarships is possible twice a year, usually in February or March and in September or October. Applications are handled by Dutch institutions offering the courses. Additional application requirements can vary per institution.

Available courses, offered in English or French, vary per country and depend on the priority themes per country. A limited amount of scholarships are awarded to highly motivated professionals who suit the country’s approach best. Applicants who don’t suit their country’s approach are not eligible for a scholarship.

MSP tailor-made training

Are you looking for more than a course just for you? The staff of an organisation or a group of professionals with similar training needs can apply for tailor-made training (TMT), given by a Dutch knowledge provider.

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