MENA scholarships can be used for a number of selected short courses offered by education institutions in the Netherlands. The institutions provide professional training at post-secondary level in several fields of study. There is a list of selected short courses in chapter 10 of this brochure.
• apply for a course on the MENA course list 2013; • not have received a MENA Scholarship in the three years prior to the year in which the proposed MENA course starts; • complete a MENA scholarship application form and submit all the required documentation to the Netherlands Embassy; • be a national of and working in one of the seven selected countries; • be a professional with at least three years’ work experience; • offer evidence of proficiency in speaking and writing the language of instruction (English in most cases). Preferably, a candidate should provide evidence in the form of an official and verifiable score in an internationally recognised test, such as IELTS (a score of at least 6.0) or TOEFL (a score of at least 550 points on the paper-based test, 213 points on the computer-based test or 79 points on the internet-based test). If the candidate cannot provide sufficient evidence, the embassy will evaluate the candidate’s knowledge of the language. However, the final decision about a candidate’s language proficiency lies with the Dutch institution. • be nominated by their employer, who pledges to continue to pay a substantial part of the candidate’s salary during the study period, and guarantees that at the end of the scholarship period the candidate will be offered a position at least equivalent to the current position; • demonstrate a solid link between their work and the selected course; the course must have added value for the sustainable capacity development of the employing organisation and the development of the country; • be available for the entire period of the course and be physically and mentally able to take part in the entire course;