Scholarships for short courses (up to 90 days) for professionals from the Middle East and North Africa
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Scholarship Programme (MSP) offers scholarships to professionals from ten countries. Its goal is to deliver a contribution to the sustainable democratic transition of the Arabic region via capacity building for mid-career professionals from this region, working in government, NGO's or private sector. The scholarships can be used for short courses, with duration up to 90 days, in the Netherlands. More information on the programme.
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Scholarship Programme (or MSP) funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers scholarships to professionals from ten countries (see the eligible country list here). The scholarships can be used for short courses, with duration up to 90 days, in the Netherlands. The University of Twente offers short (certificate) courses that qualify for MENA-MSP. You may find them via the University of Twente, Faculty ITC’s course finder. Short courses indicated with an NFP deadline are also eligible for MENA-MSP applications.
You must meet a number of criteria that support the aim of the MENA-MSP Scholarship Programme to be eligible for a scholarship. These criteria can be found at the webpage of EP-Nuffic who administers the MENA-MSP Scholarship Programme.
The application and nomination process of the MENA-MSP Scholarship Programmes funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is executed by the University of Twente. You need to apply directly to the University of Twente.
In case you intend to apply for MENA-MSP please make sure your application for the course is in the ITC system well before the MENA-MSP deadline (min. 2 weeks prior to MENA-MSP deadline). The faculty ITC needs this time to process your academic assessment and provisional acceptance to the programme and MENA-MSP eligibility check.
Application for an MENA-MSP scholarship is a procedure separate from the application for course entry at the University of Twente. Regardless of funding, you will need to register for a course at the University of Twente first. The University of Twente plays no part in the final allocation of a scholarship.
If you seek funding by MENA-MSP to study at the University of Twente you need to apply for a course first.
The University of Twente will determine your qualifications for a provisional nomination and pre-nomination position for MENA-MSP funding based on your academic application.
The MENA-MSP process consists of three stages:
- Provisional nomination
During your application for a course at the University of Twente you will be asked the question "Do you wish to be nominated for OKP or MSP/MENA?"
- You can only apply for MENA-MSP when you live and work in one of the countries on the MENA-MSP country lists. For the MENA programme priority is given to female applicants.
- You have to be nominated by your employer to be provisionally considered for a nomination position. This means you will need to provide to the University of Twente an employer’s statement. You can find the format of this letter here. The employer’s letter should be written on employer’s letter heading and signed and stamped by an authorized person/head of organization. The letter should be dated. If your letter does not meet this format your application will be discarded and you will not qualify for provisional nomination or pre-nomination.
- You must supply a motivation on why you wish to be provisionally nominated by the University of Twente. Please see an example of the subjects that need to be addressed in your motivation here. Please note that Nuffic on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers the MENA-MSP programme.
- If you work for a government entity, you might be required to submit a government statement. Check this listing for MENA-MSP if you are required to do so. This is the link to the MENA government statement form.
If you apply for a course at the faculty ITC you are requested to upload these documents during the online registration process.
Use the formats prescribed. If your statements do not meet the formats your application will be discarded and you will not qualify for provisional nomination or pre-nomination.
If you registered at the University of Twente, meet the MENA-MSP requirements and submitted all required documents, you are considered eligible for provisional nomination by the University of Twente. If you have been provisionally nominated, you will receive a link to a web-form (of Nuffic) for the formal MENA-MSP application process.
If you have not heard anything from the University of Twente at least four months prior to the start of the course, your application was not considered for provisional nomination. Priority is given to others. You are advised to seek other types of funding.
The web-form will be active six weeks prior to the MENA-MSP selection deadline. You will be informed on the accessibility of the form via the provisional nomination e-mail and you will receive the link to the web-form.
It is essential you have all documents that are needed to fill out the form readily available to you. Please make sure you have the following documents at hand:
- Copy of Identity card or passport
- Employer statement (2 pages, 1 document)
- Admission letter of the University of Twente
You only get one attempt at filling out the form. It is not possible to save your application during registering and you cannot return to the registration in a later stage to make changes or additions. All needs to be completed in one session. You will have a window of four to five weeks after the opening of the form to register. After that any application will no longer considered for pre-nomination.
The University of Twente will determine the final pre-nomination list based on your application in the web-form, on MENA-MSP requirements and priorities indicated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Course starts (between)
Nuffic's Webform / ATLAS opens
Nuffic's Webform / ATLAS closes
Nuffic decision after:
Certificate (short course)
28 July 2019 - 23 November 2019
07 February 2019
15 March 2019
10 June 2019
Certificate (short course)
24 November 2019 – 22 Februari 2020
06 June 2019
19 July 2019
24 September 2019
Certificate (short course)
23 February 2020 – 27 July 2020
05 September 2019
18 October 2019
01 January 2020
* Dates are subject to change.
If you have not been pre-nominated by the University of Twente you will be informed accordingly after the first Tuesday in November, April or August, depending on the deadline that applies to your course. See table. Priority is given to others and you are advised to seek other funding.
In case of pre-nomination you will receive a message from the University of Twente after the first Tuesday in November, April or August, depending on the deadline that applies to your course. See table. Please note this is a pre-nomination. It does not mean you acquired an MENA-MSP scholarship yet!
Nuffic will determine the allocation of scholarships and will also consult the Embassies in the selection process. Nuffic will take about eight weeks to select MENA-MSP scholarship holders and will inform the University of Twente on the outcome.
You will be informed by the University of Twente on having received the offer of an MENA-MSP scholarship.
If you have been selected, yet are not in the position to attend the course under MENA-MSP we stress you to immediately inform us on this cancellation! This gives us the opportunity to revoke your scholarship and offer it to a reserve candidate.
When you have been pre-nominated by the University of Twente, yet have not been selected by Nuffic, you will be informed by the University of Twente accordingly, with the reason(s) why you were rejected. All decisions are final and we advise you to seek other type(s) of funding.
When you have been selected for an MENA-MSP scholarship you will receive an MENA-MSP contract for you to sign and return to the University of Twente as soon as possible. You will also receive the MENA-MSP rules and regulations simultaneously.