Fully Funded Scholarship for short courses in Netherlands

The #MENA Scholarship Programme offers Iraqi professional impact makers under 45 years training opportunities at Dutch education institutions in the Netherlands. This scholarship is offered by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of the Shiraka programme and is managed by Nuffic.


A limited number of approximately 20 scholarships a year is awarded to female and male professionals who are:

  • highly motivated;
  • living and working in Iraq;
  • 20 to 45 years old;
  • proficient in English;
  • working in one of the priority areas fitting the MSP approach for Iraq;
  • using and transferring their knowledge and experience in their employing organisation after the training;
  • agreeing to the MSP obligations and conditions (133.9 kB).

English proficiency

You need English language skills because most courses are offered in English.

Priority areas

You have to be working within one of the following priority themes:

  • governance
  • social change
  • economic development

Preference is given to the following organisations:

  • youth/civil society organizations
  • National organisations
  • non-governmental organisations (NGO’s)
  • small and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s)

Employer statement

You need an employer statement (105.6 kB) that is signed by you and your employer. It shows us that your employer supports your application. And that you can share the knowledge and experience you gained in the Netherlands once you return to Iraq. This is required because the MSP is focused at strengthening organisations by strengthening people.

Other requirements

The education institution will inform you on the requirements needed for your application. Most of the courses are designed for professionals with at least a BSC-level (or equivalent) and a minimum of relevant working experience. Applications from students will not be taken into consideration.

In order to apply for one of the courses you must motivate:

  • that you work within the priority themes for Iraq as mentioned above;
  • how the courses will strengthen both you and the organisation you work for;
  • how you will use your newly gained knowledge and experience in your organisation after your study.

We especially encourage women to apply for a scholarship. 50% of all scholarships per country are reserved for women.

Available courses

This is the provisional MSP course list for the application round that is opening on 31 August 2022 and closing on 11 October 2022 4 pm CEST. Please note that some education institutions have an earlier deadline.

University of Amsterdam


Application deadline: 11 October 2022 4 pm CEST
Contact: [email protected]

Mental Health, Youth and Society
Multilateralism, Globalisation and Corporate Diplomacy
Placemaking: Sense, Space and Strategy
Summer Institute on Culture and Society

Institute for Housing and Urban Development (IHS)


Application deadline: 26 September 2022 4 pm CET
Contact: [email protected]


Urban Management Tools for Climate Change
Sustainable Local Economic Development
Green Cities for Eco-efficiency

Royal Tropical Institute


Application deadline: 11 October 2022 4 pm CEST
Contact: [email protected]


Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: organising effective responses
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Policy, Governance and Financing

MDF Training & Consultancy


Application deadline: 11 October 2022 4 pm CET
[email protected]


Management of Development Projects and Programmes
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (blended)
Full Advocacy & Policy Influencing PMEL & skills (blended)
Gender Mainstreaming in Development (blended)

Maastricht School of Management (MSM)


Application deadline: 9 October 2022 4 pm CET
[email protected]


Strategic Leadership and Change Management
Small Agribusiness Development|
Women Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Policy

RNTC Media Training Centre


Application deadline: 11 October 2022 4 pm CET
[email protected]


Digital Media to Counter Disinformation
Digital Media Creation
Data and Investigative Journalism
Media Campaigns for Social Change and Advocacy

The Hague Academy for Local Governance


Application deadline: 29 September 2022
[email protected]


Inclusive Service Delivery & the SDGs
Citizen Participation & Inclusive Governance
Urban Governance: Resilient and Smart Cities
Climate Adaptation & Local Resilience
Migration and Local Governance

How to apply

You always have to apply in 2 steps:

  1. Apply for academic admission through the education institution.
  2. Apply for the scholarship through Nuffic’s online application system. Please check the conditions for receiving the link at the education institution of your choice.

Contact the education institution of your choice well in time to receive more information about the application procedure and deadlines.

To apply:

  • Check whether you fit the requirements and approach for Iraq.
  • Choose a course from the list above.
  • Contact the education institution offering the course as soon as possible. We strongly advise you to contact the institution of your choice long before an application round opens, as additional academic requirements may be needed.
  • Apply for an MSP scholarship through a link for Nuffic’s online registration system which you receive from the education institution. Please check the conditions for receiving the link at the education institution of your choice.

Twice a year you can apply during an application round for a MSP, usually in February and in September. Results of applications are announced 3 to 4 months after application.

Selection criteria

The MSP is a very competitive scholarship. Only a small number of the best candidates receive a scholarship. The available scholarships are equally distributed across the participating countries, taking into account the available budget and the quality of the applications. 50% of all scholarships per country are reserved for female applicants.


Please contact the education institution where you want to study on questions regarding your application for the MSP scholarship. For other questions please feel free to contact Nuffic on [email protected].

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