Type of Funding
The International Centre for Development Oriented Research in Agriculture (ICRA) offers training courses in Wageningen, the Netherlands, as well as in Benin and Nigeria, for professionals in the agricultural sector to gain insights on interactive learning, research and rural innovation. ICRA is calling for applications from participants from eligible countries who wish to attend courses for the period of February to June 2020, to apply for the Nuffic OKP (Orange Knowledge Programme)/MSP (MENA Scholarship Programme) scholarships. The courses that will be held during February to June 202o are:
- Making Innovation Work – Coaching Partnerships for Inclusive Agribusiness (10 May to 20 July 2020, Wageningen, the Netherlands and online)
- Making Education Work – Solving complex agri-food problems through action research (13 April to 30 June 2020, Wageningen, the Netherlands and online)
- Making Agribusiness Work – Building agribusiness relations for sustainable profit (22 June to 3 July 2020, Nigeria)
The OKP/MSP scholarships are meant for supplementing the salary that the scholar should continue to receive during the study period. The allowance is a contribution towards cost of living and tuition fees as wekk as costs of visa, travel, insurance etc. The scholarship holder is expected to cover the difference between the actual costs and the scholarship amount.
OKP Scholarships: Applicants for OKP Scholarships must be highly motivated agricultural professionals who, as a result of their role, several years of relevant work experience and networks within a theme relevant to local development, are in a position or through their employer, could be put in a position to apply what they have learned in practice. Eligible candidates must be nationals of and living in eligible countries on the OKP country list (see the Official Website for eligible countries). Scholars are required to leave the Netherlands at the end of the scholarship period.
Applicants must demonstrate that the requested co-funding percentage is available to fund the study. The employer of the applicant has to support the scholarship application and declare that it will continue to pay the salary of the scholarship recipient during the programme and after his/her return will give the scholarship recipient an opportunity to apply what he/she has learned in practice. Only applicants who have been admitted to the courses or programmes for which they wish to attend, are eligible for the OKP scholarship. The scholarship applicant must not receive more than 1 OKP scholarship for
courses/programmes that take place at the same time.
MSP Scholarships: The main aim of the MSP is to contribute to democratic transition in the selected countries. It also aims at building capacity within organisations in the region, by enabling employees to take part in short courses in the Netherlands. Only courses held in the Netherlands are eligible. While the scholarship is awarded to individuals, the need for training must be demonstrated in the context of the organisation the applicant is employed by. The training must help the organisation develop its capacity. A candidate for the MSP, must therefore be nominated by an employer to participate in the programme.
Applicants must be professionals no older than 45 years, who are nationals of and living in and working in 1 of the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria and Tunisia. However, applicants from Syria are currently ineligible for the scholarships. Those with Syrian nationality may apply only if they are if they are residing and working in 1 of the other MSP countries on the list. The scholarship applicant must not receive more than 1 MENA scholarship for courses/programmes that take place at the same time. .
Those who are employed by organisations which have their own funds for staff development are ineligible for both types of scholarships, namely, 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); and international NGOs (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care). Applicants must have an official passport valid at least 3 months after the submission date of the registration form.
Please see the Official Website for details of the specific courses and the target audience for the courses.
Applications for the OKP/MSP scholarships for the abovenamed courses are to be submitted online by 11 October 2019.