MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP)

The MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) offers full scholarships to professionals from 10 countries in the Middle East and North Africa to do short courses in the Netherlands.

The main aim of the MSP scholarships is to contribute to a democratic transition in the selected 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 training course must help the organisation develop its capacity.

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.

All candidates who wish to apply for the fellowship need to first submit an application for the course of their choice. 

On this page you will find the application deadlines in 2021. 

Green Cities for Eco-efficiency

2-weeks course

Sustainable Local Economic Development

3-weeks course

Urban Management Tools for Climate Change

2-weeks course

Executive Course on Transitions to Land-based Financing

2-weeks course

What is the application procedure?

  • Step 1

    Check the scholarship eligibility criteria below. You must: 

  • - Be a professional and national of, and working and living in one of the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria* and Tunisia. 

  • - Have an employer’s statement that complies with a prescribed format. All information must be provided and all commitments that are included in the format must be endorsed in the statement. (You will not be eligible for the fellowship if you fail to submit this document). 

  • - Not be employed by an organization that has its own means of staff-development. Organizations that are considered to have their own means for staff development are for example: 

    • Multinational corporations (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft)
    • Large national and/or large commercial organisations
    • 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).
  • - Have an official and valid passport

  • - Not receive more than one fellowship for courses that take place at the same time

  • - Have an MSP government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established

  • - Not exceed 45 years of age at the time of grant submission

MENA Country Focus Document IHS 2020

Step 2 

Check which IHS courses qualify for the current MSP deadline. Note the application deadlines.

Step 3

Select your preferred IHS course and apply for it. To apply, visit the page of your chosen course and click on one of the "Apply now" buttons on the page. Keep in mind that preparing your course application may take some time. We advise you to start on it well in time. 

Step 4

Once admitted, you will be invited by IHS via email to apply for the MSP fellowship. Keep a close eye on your email.  

Step 5

Receive scholarship outcome & make arrangements for your arrival.


When is the deadline for MSP applicants?

Application Round 2, 2021:

Eligible courses:

IHS Academic course application deadline

to apply for the admission to the academic course

26 September 2021

MSP application deadline

candidates who are admitted to the academic course can be invited to apply for the MSP fellowship

10 October 2021


How do I find out more?

If you would like to find out more information about IHS and the courses that we provide read our educational programmes section. You may also find our frequently asked questions page useful.

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