MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP)

Important details



  • You must be a national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the MSP country list valid at the time of application;
  • You must have an employer’s statement;
  • You must not be employed by an organisation that has its own means of staff-development. 
  • You have an official and valid passport (valid at least three months after the candidate's submission date);
  • You have a government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established (if applicable);
  • You must not be over 45 years of age at the time of the grant submission.
Participating faculty
Level of study
  • Short courses

Scholarship / Grant in €

Differs per situation


Differs per course, please check the IHS faculty website (see below).

More details & contact

Website: IHS scholarships & Grants
Website: Study in Holland - MENA Scholarship Programme

Application - MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP)

Follow these steps to apply:

  1. Check whether you are in the above mentioned target groups; 
  2. Check whether your employer will nominate you;
  3. Download an overview of short courses eligible for an MSP scholarship on the StudyinHolland website;
  4. Contact IHS who offers the course of your choice to find out how to apply.

Deadline: differs per faculty

Background information

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Scholarship Programme (or MSP) offers scholarships to professionals from ten MSP countries. The scholarships can be used for short courses in the Netherlands. The programme is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The overall aim of the MSP is to contribute to the democratic transition in the participating countries. It also aims at building capacity within organisations by enabling employees to take part in short courses in various fields of study. 


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  • Om de beurzen te filteren waarvoor je mogelijk een aanvraag kunt indienen, neem je de volgende stappen:

    1. Selecteer op deze pagina jouw huidige situatie. Door op een van de situaties te klikken, wordt het beursoverzicht getoond dat op jouw van toepassing is;
    2. Alle basisvereisten van de beurs worden vermeld in de tabel op de overzichtspagina voor beurzen. Controleer op geschiktheid voor land en regio, studieniveau en facultaire specifieke informatie;
    3. Klik op een van de beurzen voor meer informatie;
    4. Volg de gegeven toepassingsinstructies om te solliciteren.
  • Follow the application instructions on the scholarship detail page, by clicking on one of the scholarships in the overview table.
  • In Holland, higher education is subsidized, which means that tuition fees can be kept relatively low, especially compared with the United Kingdom and the United States. Because of this, we do not have an extensive scholarship programme. This doesn't mean we don't have them at all though, so make sure to have a closer look.
  • Your changes are slim, meaning that most students won't gain a scholarship. There are hundreds of new students each year, but there is not an equal amount of scholarships available. But you never know, you might just be one of the lucky (chosen) ones. As long as you take into account that you may have to arrange financial aid in a different way, you're fine.
  • Most of the requirement apply to:

    1. Study results / being an excellent student;
    2. Being able to demonstrate your ambition;
    3. Level of study;
    4. Obtained diplomas;
    5. Country of origin.
  • Selecteer eerst op de pagina Beurzen en fondsen dat je van plan bent om als student aan de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam te gaan studeren of dat je al aan de EUR studeert en overweegt om op uitwisseling te gaan.

    Na het selecteren van één van deze opties, kom je op een pagina met een beursoverzicht dat van toepassing is op jouw situatie.

  • Preparing an application for a scholarship can be time consuming. Deadlines can be as early as January, so make sure to plan ahead. Start looking for scholarships 6-12 months in advance.

  • That depends on the scholarship. The scholarship may be a partial tuition fee waiver which means you still need to pay tuition fee. Please check the criteria of your scholarship carefully.

  • In a lot of cases you will receive the scholarship for only one year. Please check the scholarship criteria carefully to avoid unpleasant surprises. Think about ways to finance your 2nd and/or 3rd year in advance.