Scholarship FAQ

Scholarship FAQ
Scholarship FAQs
All the answers to your questions about scholarships for RNTC courses

Working via Nuffic

The application for an OKP (formerly known as NFP) or MSP scholarship needs to be submitted through the Nuffic system called Delta. To help you with the application, we have listed a few frequently asked questions below:

Unless otherwise stated, 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.

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

If you want apply for an OKP or MSP scholarship to cover the costs of the course, you need to first register through RNTC. If RNTC notifies you that you are eligible for a scholarship, you can finalise your scholarship application with Nuffic (through the Delta system).

You don’t need a reference number, just leave the field empty/blank.

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.

For OKP scholarships make sure to check the OKP 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 as described in this document.

For MSP scholarships make sure to check the MSP Country Focus document  country-focus-document-mena-scholarship-programme.pdf. 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?

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.

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 two pages.

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.

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.

The ATLAS 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 info@rntc.com and we’ll check it for you.

A week before the OKP (formerly known as NFP) and MSP application window closes, RNTC will nominate 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, no later than one month after the scholarship application deadline. You will understand that 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.

The fact is, there will always be more applicants than scholarships. Not everyone who applies for a scholarship will be successful, but this should not deter you from applying again in future.

If you are a strong candidate who meets all of the criteria, it is worth applying again during the next window. You may have better luck second time around!

If you had your heart set on a particular course and you don’t want to wait to reapply, there is always the possibility of participating as a self-payer or finding a sponsor to pay for you to take part in the course.

You know what they say: “If at first you don’t succeed, try again.” 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.

Here are some important tips for improving your chances:

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:

1.         What is the issue or problem you want to address in your country?

2.         How will this course enable you to address this issue?

3.         How will you address this issue with your position within your organisation?

The devil is in the details! So, fill in all the required documents EXACTLY as specified by Nuffic. If you do not follow their exact instructions, Nuffic will simply reject your application no matter how good a candidate you are.

Avoid silly mistakes that can jeopardise your chances. For instance, use only the Employer's Statement format provided by them and make sure you FILL OUT 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.

 

There are many ways to find help:

  • Contact an RNTC Honorary Ambassador in your country
  • Contact RNTC's course secretariat at info@rntc.com
  • Most Dutch Embassies have OKP/MSP-scholarship officers who can assist. Contact your nearest Dutch embassy and ask for the Nuffic Officer.

The Portable Document File (PDF) format is commonly used to share documents. However, it may be that your documents are in other formats, such as .doc, .jpeg, and so on. Follow the instructions below to convert your file to PDF format.  

Save a Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) document in 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.

 

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 (http://www.pdfforge.org). 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 http://www.freepdfconvert.com. 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.

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