About scholarships

About scholarships
About scholarships
All you need to know about scholarship courses

The OKP & MSP Scholarship application window is now closed

We anticipate the next window for OKP & MSP scholarships will open in February 2020. Once open, we suggest that you apply early, as registration on our web site is just the first of two eligibility phases that need to be completed in time.

What are my options?

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides two types of scholarships to media and communications professionals from a variety of partner countries. These are OKP and MSP:

  • Orange Knowledge Programme, or OKP (formerly known as NFP), which is available to 53 countries. Find the list of eligible countries here.
  • MSP, which stands for MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Scholarship Programme, which is available to 10 countries. Find the list of eligible countries here.
About scholarships

Both scholarships are administered by Nuffic (the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education) and include a contribution towards:

  • Cost of living
  • Course fees
  • Visa
  • Travel
  • Insurance

All you have to do, is cover any differences between actual costs and the OKP or MSP scholarship contribution. 

About scholarships

So, do I qualify?

Keep reading! You can find the criteria for various scholarships at the bottom of this page.

Scholarship Registration & Application
We’d like to double your odds, so we’ve made it possible for you to register twice a year during an 'application window' to see if you are eligible for an OKP or MSP scholarship. There are always going to be more applications than there are scholarships, so up your chances, by making sure you meet all of the RNTC criteria (see individual course pages for more details) AND the Nuffic OKP and MSP criteria (which you can find at the bottom of this page). If you meet all the RNTC and Nuffic criteria and you’d like to apply, then follow the steps on our How to apply page. Need help? Take a look at our FAQs, contact your local RNTC Ambassador or email us at info@rntc.com.

Other scholarships
Aside from the OKP and MSP scholarships, there are several other options available. You can find more on information on these at the bottom of this page.

It’s not as complicated as you might think! Just do some research, read a few documents, get a couple written statements together and Boom! You’ve ticked all the boxes. So, what exactly is involved?

Apart from the RNTC course admission requirements, you must also meet the following requirements to be eligible for the OKP (formerly known as NFP) scholarship:

  • You are a national who lives and works in one of the countries on the Nuffic OKP list which you can find here.
  • You have an Employer’s Statement that complies with the format Nuffic has provided (i.e. it should provide all requested information and endorse all of the required commitments)
  • You have an official and valid passport
  • You are not attending two or more courses at the same time
  • You can provide a Government Statement in the format Nuffic has provided, should one be required. Check here to see if you need one.
  • You must not be employed by an organisation that has its own means of staff-development, such as:
    - 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)
    - International NGOs (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care)

Great news! The OKP program has no age limit. Yay, grandpa!

Special note: Please check the OKP Country Focus document, and try tailor your application around it. If you are nominated for a scholarship for an RNTC course, the Dutch embassy in your country will evaluate your application not only on its own merit, but also on how it fits in with the embassy's Country Focus.

This one isn’t rocket science either. The main difference here is that it’s “no over 45’s”, so if you’ve got false teeth or you’re planning on retiring in the next couple of years, you might need to look at other options. If not, then it’s your lucky day!

So, what exactly is involved? Apart from the RNTC course admission requirements, you must also meet the following requirements to be eligible for the MSP scholarship:

  • You are a national of and live and work in one of the following Middle East and North African (MENA) countries: Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria* or Tunisia
  • You have an Employer’s Statement that complies with the format Nuffic has provided (i.e. provides all requested information and endorses all of the required commitments)
  • You have an official and valid passport
  • You are not attending two or more courses at the same time
  • You can provide a Government Statement in the format Nuffic has provided, should one be required (check here)
  • You are not over 45 years of age at the time of the scholarship application deadline
  • You must not be employed by an organisation that has its own means of staff-development, like:
  • 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)
  • International NGOs (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care)

 

*If you are a Syrian national, please note that the MSP is ONLY open to applicants of Syrian nationality who are residing and working outside of Syria in one of the other selected MENA countries. 

Special note: Please take a careful look at the MSP Country Focus document. If you are nominated for a scholarship for an RNTC course, the Dutch embassy in your country will evaluate your application not only on its own merit, but also on how it fits in with the embassy's Country Focus.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Study in Holland

UN Development Programme

UN Environment Programme

Scholarship Portal

StuNed Scholarships*

 

*StuNed scholarships are available to Indonesian professionals with at least two years' work experience. You can find out more about this scholarship, the application process and the current deadlines by checking out this link: Nuffic Neso Indonesia (in Bahasa Indonesia). If the deadline has passed, no need to panic! Indonesian professionals are also eligible to apply for an OKP scholarship.

Start in time with your RNTC scholarship application. Apply early as you will need to complete your application in two phases and the registration on our website is just the first eligibility phase.

Register with RNTC to check that you are eligible for the course you would like to do. You can register for a course by selecting a course. Make clear in your registration that you are intending to apply for an OKP or MSP fellowship. Note that you can only apply for a scholarship for your chosen course during the scholarship application window for that course. There are two or three of these scholarship windows open every year.

Once you have submitted your registration, RNTC will inform you by email whether you are eligible for a scholarship or not (usually within 10 working days).

If you are eligible for the scholarship, RNTC will send you a link by email to apply for an OKP or MSP fellowship in the Delta online system. This is where you complete your scholarship application.

Please note that your OKP or MSP application has to be completed and submitted in one go via Delta! Once you have submitted your application, you will not be able to make changes or additions.

Before applying for an OKP or MSP scholarship via Delta, make sure you have all the documents mentioned below ready. Please use the formats provided by Nuffic and submit all the required documents EXACTLY as specified. Otherwise, your application will be rejected by Nuffic! The file format should be PDF and your document must not exceed 2 MB.

  • Copy of a valid passport. The passport needs to be still valid at least three months after the submission date of the registration form.

  • Answers to the following questions. Have these prepared so you can copy/paste them into the online application form. This motivation will weigh heavily in the selection procedure. Make sure you address the following questions:

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

    • How will this course enable you to address this issue?

    • How will you address this issue considering your position within your organisation?

  • An Employer's Statement. This is a very important document, please fill it out EXACTLY as specified by Nuffic and use this format provided by Nuffic. Please note that this document consists of two pages, both have to be filled in, signed & stamped.

  • A Government Statement (if applicable for your country). A number of governments of OKP and MSP countries require a government statement before candidates can apply for a scholarship. In this statement, the government expresses its support for the scholarship application. Please check this overview to see if this applies for your country. Also, it's always good to check this with your government and/or the Netherlands embassy. If a government statement is required for your country, please use

    this format

    provided by Nuffic for OKP countries and

    this format

    if you are from a MSP country.

Download and read the OKP and MSP registration instructions for ATLAS.

If you are certain that you are eligible for an OKP or MSP scholarship and you have collected all the necessary information and documentation, you can start with your application in Nuffic's ATLAS online application system using the online application form link that was sent to you.

Everywhere you want

Whether you are a journalist, a blogger or a media manager, we have the courses to fit your needs. RNTC offers courses in Hilversum, the Netherlands, and in-house courses around the world.

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We also provide tailor-made training for media organisations and non-governmental organisations. RNTC prides itself on being innovative in both subject matter and method of delivery.

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RNTC was set up in 1968 as a joint initiative of RNW Media (formerly Radio Netherlands Worldwide) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Over the past 50 years, RNTC has gained invaluable expertise in delivering courses to media professionals around the world.

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