Training courses 2020

In 2020, nine training courses will be organized.

The application process for these courses will begin approximately 2 months before the course begins. Please check this website regularly to stay informed about the program.


In order to participate in a training course, you must work for the government, a government body or a government-related organization. The maximum number of participants per course is 25. As the courses are interactive, participants will be divided into subgroups.

Costs and fees

The Dutch government will take care of all relevant costs for participants from countries on the OECD-DAC list. This includes international travel, board and lodging, visa and insurance, and tuition fees for the course.

Participants from countries that are not on the OECD-DAC list will pay for their own international travel costs; flight tickets and visa. Board and lodging, insurance and tuition fees for the course will be covered by the Dutch government.

Participants are responsible for the organisation of their visa application.

All participants are responsible for the organisation and costs of travelling to the airport in their own country. Participants from countries on the OECD-DAC list departing from an international airport outside their own country, will have to cover local travel expenses themselves and will be compensated for the international part of their journey. In case of no-shows or cancellations within four weeks before the start of the first part of the training, the organisation executing the course has the right to claim all costs incurred from the participants’ employer.

Course Information

The Royal Netherlands Embassies will promote STP courses in the eligible countries. For each course, a booklet containing detailed information will be prepared. You can download these booklets on this page as soon as the application process begins. These booklets will also be handed over to the relevant ministries prior to the course.


In order to register for a course, you must create an account. This will allow you to fill out the online application form. Create an account today.

Programme 2020

Dear Sir, Madam, concerning the COVID-19 crisis we would like to inform you as follows.

The training courses which are scheduled to take place in June in the Netherlands are instead be organised as online training courses. This concerns ‘Administration of Justice’, ‘Legislation’, ‘Communicating with the Public’ and ‘Social Affairs & Employment’. The institutes responsible for the implementation of these training courses have informed the selected participants about the content of the training, the duration and the training dates. The training programmes are offered in English, however Administration of Justice, Legislation and Social Affairs & Employment will also have an Arabic translation. The Water Management training which is scheduled to take place in August will also be offered as an online training module and have Arabic translation.

It is required that all participants are sufficiently proficient in the English language. This will be assessed through an intake (video) meeting with the training institute. Furthermore, it is required that you have access to the internet and possess a laptop or PC. The participants who are selected but do not have the required knowledge of English or who do not possess a laptop/PC or have access to the internet will be invited to take part in the next regular edition of the training course that they were selected for.

We assume that the second part of the training courses mentioned above will take place face-to-face. In all cases, the second part of these courses will be held in The Netherlands.  

Please note that you can only register for ONE of the Shiraka Training Programmes. If you are not selected to participate in the training of your choice, you have the possibility to apply again next year.

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency reserves the right to change the training’s registration deadline. Therefore, we encourage you to submit your application at your earliest convenience.

Programme 2019

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Programme 2018

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Programme 2017

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Programme 2016

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