Scholarship FAQ

All the answers to your questions about how to apply for a Nuffic scholarship and attend one of RNTC's courses

Nuffic scholarships FAQ

Great! If you would like to apply for a Nuffic scholarship through the Orange Knowledge Programme or MENA Scholarship Programme, you need to first register at RNTC website here.

If RNTC notifies you that you are eligible for a scholarship, you can finalise your scholarship application with Nuffic (through the Delta system).

No, Nuffic scholarships are only available for courses of 2 weeks or longer.

If you attented one of RNTC's courses at least over a year ago, yes absolutely! 

Good question! You will have to meet the criteria for application that can be found on our website.

For OKP scholarships make sure to check the OKP Country Focus document and other information on the Nuffic OKP website. 

For MSP scholarships make sure to check the MSP Country Focus document and other information on the Nuffic MSP website

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 with the embassy's country focus as described in this document.

In both of the above scenarios, the Dutch embassy in your country will assess your application based on its relevance for the country.

They will specifically be looking at:

▪ The degree to which you, the applicant, fit the target group
▪ How well you are able to implement the newly acquired knowledge in your daily work
▪ The extent to which the knowledge and skills gained will contribute to the development of the country
▪ How well you have described your plan to use the skills learned and how easily they can be implemented at your place of work

You will be required to motivate your nomination with a letter, which will be evaluated by RNTC, Nuffic and the Dutch embassy in your country. Your letter of motivation weighs heavily in the selection procedure. Make it count!

The questions that are asked in your Nuffic application are:

▶ 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 from your position within your organisation?


Put time, effort and passion into writing your letter of motivation. This letter is evaluated by RNTC, Nuffic and the Dutch embassy in your country and can make or break your chances for selection. The questions that are asked in your Nuffic application are:

▶ 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 with your position within your organisation?

Use only the Employer's Statement format provided by Nuffic and make sure you fill our both pages.

Use an official letterhead, make sure your employer/superior has signed the document and that it is stamped by your organisation. If a government statement is required for your country, make sure to use the Government Statement format provided by Nuffic.

Government Statement MSP
Government Statement OKP

Make sure you fill in all the required documents exactly as specified by Nuffic. If you do not follow their instructions to the letter, your application will be rejected, no matter how good a candidate you are.

Both scholarship programmes explicitly encourage women to apply.

If you applied before and were considered eligible by both RNTC and Nuffic, but were not awarded a scholarship, it’s definitely worth trying again!

It is also worth applying again if you were not considered eligible but your situation has changed and you now meet all of the criteria.

If you had your heart set on a particular course and you don’t want to wait to re-apply for a scholarship, there is always the possibility to register on your own costs or paid by your organisation. 

English is the working language of our courses. If you come from a country where English is the official / national language or if English was the language in which you undertook higher education, your spoken and written English will be sufficient and proof of proficiency will not be required.

In all other cases, we may ask for a certified statement from a recognised authority establishing your proficiency in spoken and written English. The required level of your command of English should be equivalent to a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 79-80 (internet-based) or 213 (computer-based), and 6 for IELTS.

In case of any doubt, we may want to conduct a telephone/Skype interview with you. 

Please select ‘small business’ here.

Do not select ‘media’ or ‘large business,’ because then you will be regarded as the employee of a commercial or private company with sufficient funds of its own to cover the costs of your training.

Many applications are rejected because the employer’s statement was not complete, so please be sure to read the following tips carefully. The employer’s statement consists of at least two pages.

1. On the first page, your employer must declare that your salary will continue to be paid; your position at the company will be kept open; that you will not be assigned any tasks during the scholarship period; and that they are available to answer any questions regarding your application. Be as factual and transparent as possible. Do not leave room for confusion.

2. On the second page, your employer needs to provide a plan on how the knowledge you’ll acquire during your course at RNTC will be implemented when you return to your home country. It is very important that this be as detailed as possible. Use this as an opportunity to dream big within a realistic space – how is studying with us going to affect real change in your workplace, business community and society at large?

Nuffic or your local Dutch Embassy may contact your employer to verify your employment, so make sure that your employer's contact details are included and accurate.

You can download the format here

Yes, freelancers are most welcome! 

You will have to write and submit the employer’s statement yourself, but please make sure that it meets all the criteria that Nuffic has specified in the Employer’s Statement. This includes the use of an official letterhead and the addition of an official stamp with your or your company’s name on it, next to your signature.

You can download the format here

The Delta application system does not send you an email confirmation of your application.

To confirm that your application has been received by Nuffic, please send an email to [email protected] and we’ll check it for you!

RNTC nominates a number of applicants for a scholarship. If you are nominated, your application will then be considered by the relevant Dutch Embassy for your country.

The final decision on whether to award you a scholarship is not taken by RNTC but by the Embassy. They make their decision, based on the (development) priorities they have established and publicised. Your motivation letter and employer's statement will weigh heavily in the selection process.

If you have been nominated for a scholarship, we will inform you around one month after the scholarship application deadline.
*We receive a great number of applications and are not able to individually respond to those who have not been nominated for a scholarship.

All those who were nominated for scholarships will then be informed whether or not they have been selected as a scholarship recipient no later than three months after the scholarship deadline. As soon as RNTC knows that you have been awarded a scholarship, we will contact you to start preparations for you to come to the Netherlands to attend the course.

Please follow the instructions below to save a Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) document into PDF format.

 If you have Microsoft Office version 2007 or later, you can click on File/Save as. A ‘save as’ screen will pop up, click on the drop-down box ‘save as,’ and choose ‘PDF’.

 If you have an earlier version of Microsoft Office, follow the instructions below on how to save other files in PDF format.

   ◾ PDF printer: It is possible that you already have a PDF printer installed on your computer. In this case you can ‘print’ your document to PDF. To do this: click File / Print and then choose the (Adobe) PDF printer instead of your default printer in the print Menu. (Do not use quick print, as the system will then choose the default printer automatically. Instead use the full print function in your software).

   ◾ Local desktop software: It is possible that you already have software on your computer that can convert files to PDF format. Please check with your system administrator. If you have administrator rights, you can also install a free PDF creator on your computer. There are several free PDF creators available for download on the internet. An example is PDFCreator ( Go to the download page and download the application. You can find the user manual on the support page.

   ◾ Online: There are several websites where you can convert your document to PDF format for free. An example is Click on the ‘browse’ button to choose the file you want to convert to PDF, fill in your email address and click on ‘Convert Your File.’ The file will be sent to you in PDF format. Please make sure that the website you are using has a privacy policy that protects your confidential information.

A Nuffic scholarship for an in-person course covers your tuition fee, international and domestic travel costs to/from and in the Netherlands, accommodation in the Netherlands for the duration of the course, medical insurance, and two meals a day.

For an online course, your Nuffic scholarship will only cover your tuition fee. It will NOT cover equipment or internet coverage for the course.

You can get a good idea of how much it costs to live in the Netherlands, by clicking here.

We acknowledge that COVID-19 continues to impact daily life profoundly and many of our course participants are unable to travel to the Netherlands currently.

Therefore, we have decided to offer all our 2021 courses online. However, as of March 2022 our scheduled courses are in-person again. Face-to-face, blended or online, RNTC is always highly committed to an interactive learning experience which will help you achieve social change through media.

If you have subscribed to one of our courses, we assure you that it will continue despite COVID-19. Don’t hesitate to contact us in case you have any questions, with an e-mail to [email protected].

  1. Contact RNTC's course secretariat at [email protected].
  2. Most Dutch Embassies have OKP / MSP scholarship officers who can also assist you. Contact your nearest Dutch embassy and ask for the Nuffic Officer.