Scholarships

All you need to know about scholarships to attend RNTC courses

Scholarships

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THE OKP & MSP SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION WINDOW IS NOW OPEN

OKP and MSP scholarships

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides OKP (formerly known as NFP) and MSP scholarships for the RNTC courses for media and communications professionals from a variety of partner countries. The scholarships include a contribution towards the cost of living, course fees, visa, travel and insurance. If applicable, the scholarship holder is expected to cover the difference between actual costs and the OKP or MSP scholarship amount. The scholarships are administered by Nuffic, the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education. 
 
OKP stands for 'Orange Knowledge Programme' and these scholarships are available for 53 countries. Please find the list of eligible countries here
 
MSP stands for ‘MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Scholarship Programme’ and is available for 10 countries.  
 
The deadline to register for OKP or MSP scholarships via our website is 14 March 2019 16:00 CET. 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.
 
Please check below whether you meet the criteria to apply for a OKP or MSP scholarship.
 

Scholarship Registration & Application

You can register twice a year during an 'application window' to see if you are eligible for a OKP or MSP scholarship. Please note, there are many more applications than there are scholarships available. Therefore, it is important that you meet all of the RNTC criteria (see individual course pages) as well as the Nuffic OKP and MSP criteria, which you can find at the bottom of this page. If you meet all the RNTC ánd Nuffic criteria, and you would like to apply, then please follow the steps in our How to apply page.

Do you need help applying? Please have a look at our FAQs, contact your local RNTC Ambassador or email us at [email protected].

Other scholarships

Next to the OKP and MSP scholarships, there are several other scholarships available that you can check at the bottom of this page.

Criteria for an OKP scholarship

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

  • You are a national and live and work in one of the countries in the Nuffic OKP list, which you can find here;
  • You must not be employed by an organisation that has its own means of staff-development. Organisations that are considered to have their own means for staff development are for example: multinational corporations (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft), large national and/or a 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);
  • You have an Employer’s Statement that complies with the format Nuffic has provided. All information must be provided and all commitments that are included in the format must be endorsed in the statement;
  • You have an official and valid passport;
  • You do not receive more than one fellowship for courses that take place at the same time;
  • Check if you need to provide a Government Statement here. If required, you must have a Government Statement that complies with the format Nuffic has provided. 

N.B. The OKP program has no age limit.

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

Criteria for an MSP scholarship

Apart from the RNTC course admission requirements, you must meet the following requirements to be eligible for an 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*, Tunisia;
  • 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.
  • You must not be employed by an organisation that has its own means of staff-development. Organisations that are considered to have their own means for staff development are for example: multinational corporations (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft), large national and/or a 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);
  • You have an Employer’s Statement that complies with the format Nuffic has provided. All information must be provided and all commitments that are included in the format must be endorsed in the statement;
  • You have an official and valid passport;
  • You do not receive more than one fellowship for courses that take place at the same time;
  • Check if you need to provide a Government Statement here. If required, you must have a  that complies with the format Nuffic has provided. 
  • You are not over 45 years of age at the time of the scholarship application deadline.

For MSP scholarships make sure to check the MSP Country Focus document

PDF icon 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.

 

Other scholarship opportunities
  • StuNed Scholarships are available for Indonesian professionals with at least two years' work experience: Nuffic Neso Indonesia (in Bahasa Indonesia). Please note the current deadline and application process on that page. In case the deadline has passed Indonesian professionals are also eligible for an OKP scholarship.