MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP)

For professionals from one of the ten Middle East and North African (MENA) countries to participate in a short course that is eligible for MSP funding at Leiden University.

Important information about MSP

Leiden University does not offer any MSP short courses in the November 2017 deadline.


This webpage will be updated as soon as more information becomes available about the deadlines in 2018.


You can find more information about MSP on the Study in Holland website:

For whom?

Applicants for the MENA scholarship programme must adhere to the following eligibility criteria:

  • You must be a professional that is a national of, as well as work and live in one of the ten selected MENA countries: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Syria or Tunisia.

  • You do not exceed the age of 45 at the moment of application.

  • You have to be unconditionally admitted to a short course that is eligible for the MENA Scholarship Programme.

  • You are nominated by your employer and you have an employer’s statement that complies with the format EP-Nuffic has provided (see step 3 ot the application procedure below).

  • You have an official and valid passport.

  • If applicable, you must have a government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established (see step 4 of the application procedure below).

  • You cannot be employed by an organisation 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 a 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) and international NGOs (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care).

  • The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that finances the MSP scholarships, has determined that 50% of the fellowships has to be awarded to women.

Scholarship amount

The MSP scholarship is intended to supplement the salary that the scholar should continue to receive during the study period. The allowance is a contribution towards the living costs, the tuition fee, visa, travel and insurance. If applicable, the scholarship holder is expected to cover the difference between the actual costs and the costs covered by the scholarship. Please be aware that you cannot receive more than one scholarship for short courses that take place at the same time.

Duration and application rounds

The MSP short course scholarship covers a period of minimum 12 days and maximum of 365 days. There are two application rounds each year:

  1. February/March

  2. September/October

As MSP is currently being evaluated, the deadline of September/October 2017 has been cancelled. The first deadline of the new programme is expected to be in November 2017. More information about this application round will be published in due course.

Obligations for scholarship holders

If you are selected to receive a MSP scholarship for your short course, then you have certain rights and responsibilities. You can read these in the 'Obligations for NFP and MSP fellowship holders' (version April 2016).

Available short courses

The International Tax Center, embedded in the Leiden Law faculty, will host several short courses that are eligible for MSP funding in the February/March 2017 deadline:

  • Fundamentals of International Tax Law, 28 August 2017 - 18 September 2017

  • Tax Treaties, 20 September 2017 - 4 December 2017

  • Transfer Pricing, 4 January 2018 - 5 February 2018

  • Basics of EU Tax Law, 6 February 2018 - 5 March 2018

Please visit the International Tax Center website for more information on the content of the short courses and the admission procedure.

Application procedure

Step Procedure Deadline to start a short course between 28 July 2017 and 22 February 2018 
1 Apply to International Tax Center

The short courses at Leiden University that are eligible for MSP funding are all in the field of international tax law. To apply for the short course that you wish to follow, please visit the website of International Tax Center for information about the courses and the application procedure.
January - 
March 2017
Statement employer

Ask your employer to write you a statement for the MSP short course scholarship using the prescribed EP-Nuffic format. Please make sure the statement meets all the prescribed criteria, is submitted on the organisation’s official letterhead paper, is signed by your superior and is provided with the official stamp of the organisation.

Please note that applications with incomplete or incorrect statements will automatically be rejected.

January - 
March 2017


Statement Government Authority (if applicable)

Some MENA countries require a Government statement. Please use this format to make sure the statement meets all the prescribed criteria. If you are unsure about the need for a government statement and/or whom to contact, you can check the following overview.

January - 
March 2017
4 Prepare your application via Atlas

In Atlas you will have to answer three questions regarding your motivation (see below). We strongly recommend that you prepare your answers in a Word document, so you only have to copy/paste the text in Atlas.


What is the issue or problem you want to address in your country?

Please give a brief outline [in min 50 and max 1000 characters] of the issue or problem hindering the development of your country which you would like to contribute to solving, using the knowledge and expertise gained by attending the study programme or course.

How will this course enable you to address this issue?

Please explain [in min 50 and max 1000 characters] what knowledge and expertise you expect to gain from the course or study programme and how this specific knowledge and expertise can contribute to solving the issue or problem.

How will you address this issue with your position within your organisation?

Please describe [in min 50 and max 1000 characters] the position you hold in your organisation and explain why and how this position will enable you to address the issue or problem with the knowledge gained from the course or study programme. You do not need to include a detailed list of activities here, as a specific plan of activities forms part of the “employer’s statement” that has to be uploaded separately.

February - 
March 2017

Application for the MSP short course scholarship via Atlas

Apply for the MSP short course scholarship via Atlas, the online application tool for MSP.

Please note that you need to upload:

1) A copy of your passport (or another form of identification).
2) An employer's statement
3) The admission letter of the International Tax Center
4) The statement of government authority (if applicable)

Please note that your application will not be considered if one or more of these documents is missing. Each document can only be uploaded in PDF format and should not exceed 2 MB.


Online application can be submitted through Atlas till 23 March 2017. 


Applications submitted after this deadline will
not be taken into consideration.

The Dutch embassy checks eligibility and assesses the application

The application will be sent to the Dutch Embassy of the home country of the applicant. The Embassy checks the eligibility of the application and assesses the application. This assessment determines the score of the individual application and will result in a ranking of all the applications.

April - May 2017

Selection by EP-Nuffic 

The applications that are ranked the highest will be selected for the MSP scholarship. EP-Nuffic also takes into account the policy priority of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs that 50% of fellowships has to be awarded to female applicants.


1st half of 
May 2017

Outcome selection process

The Scholarships Team of Leiden University will contact you regarding the outcome of the selection process.


End of 
May 2017

More information

For general information about the MENA Scholarship Programme, you can visit the Study in Holland website.

If you have specific questions about the MSP short courses taught at Leiden University, please send an email to

Last Modified: 11-09-2017