Training Courses 2023

Twelve training courses will be organised in 2023

The application process for these courses opens approximately two months before the start of course. Please check this website regularly to stay informed about the programme.


To be eligible to participate in a training course, you must work for the government, a government body or a government-related organisation. However, some spots for those working at semi-public organisations are also available in the following training programmes: Energy Transition, Food Safety, Trade Promotion & Economic Diplomacy and Water Management. The maximum number of participants per course is 25. As the courses are interactive, participants will be divided into subgroups.

We particularly encourage women to apply, as we highly value diversity amongst our participants.

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 arranging their visa application.

All participants are responsible for arranging transportation, including all costs related to 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 have to cover local travel expenses themselves and will later be compensated for the international portions 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 delivering 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 brochure containing detailed information will be prepared. You can download these brochures on this page as soon as the application process opens. 

How to register for a training 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.

Please note that you can only participate in 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 2024


Application deadline

Course Duration

Local Governance
Application deadline: Before 27 November 2023
Course Duration:
  • from 29 January 2024 to 1 March 2024
  • and a second period from 24 to 28 June 2024
Social Affairs And Employment
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Download brochure in Arabic
Application deadline: Before 30 October 2023
Course Duration:
  • from 19 to 23 February 2024
  • and a second period from 10 to 14 June 2024

Eligible countries:
Palestinian Territories