Scholarship FAQs

All the answers to your questions about scholarships for RNTC courses

Scholarship FAQs

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

Are scholarships available for 1-4-day courses?

No, scholarships are only available for courses of 3 weeks or longer.

Do I have to show proof of my level of English?

Since English is the working language of our courses (unless stated otherwise), we need to be sure that your English is good enough. 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 good enough. In both these cases you don't need to give us any proof of proficiency.

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 doubt, we may conduct a telephone/Skype interview with you.

I have to fill in a ‘Reference number’ in ATLAS, but I don’t have one. What should I fill in?

You don’t need a reference number. Just leave it empty/blank.

What should I fill in for ‘Type of employing organisation'?

Unfortunately you cannot select ‘media.’ Please select ‘small business’ here. Do not select ‘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.

What information should be included in the employer’s statement?

Many applications are rejected because the employer’s statement was not complete. Please note that the statement contains two pages.

On the first page, your employer declares that your salary will continue to be paid, that you will keep your position, that you will not be assigned any tasks during the scholarship period, that your employer is available to answer questions regarding your scholarship application, etc.

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 back home.

It is very important that this be as detailsed as possible.

Also note that Nuffic / your local Dutch Embassy may contact your employer to verify your employment. Please make sure that your employer's contact details are accurate and up to date.

You can download a format here

Can I apply as a freelancer? How do I get an employer's statement?

Yes, you can. You 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 means that among other things you will have to use an official letterhead and add an official stamp with your or your company’s name on it, next to your signature (you will need to sign the form yourself).

I did not receive a confirmation of my scholarship application, how do I know it was received?

The application system ATLAS does not send you an email confirmation of your application. If you want to check whether your application has been received by Nuffic, you can send an email to [email protected] and we’ll check it for you. 

What happens after I have submitted my application?

A week before the OKP (formerly knows as NFP) and MSP application window closes, RNTC will be able to nominate a number of applicants for a scholarship. If you are nominated your application will then be considered for an OKP or MSP scholarship 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 on the basis of the (development) priorities it has established and publicised. Your motivation letter and employer's statement will weigh heavily in the selection process.

When and how will I be informed about the status of my application?

We'll inform you about the status of your application twice: the nomination and the final selection. We’ll inform you by email whether you’re nominated approximately 10 working days after the closing of the application window. We'll inform you about the final outcome, whether or not you’ve been awarded a scholarship, +- nine weeks after the closing of the application window.

Once 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.

What are my chances of getting a scholarship?

There are always more applicants than scholarships. Not everyone who applies for a scholarship will be successful. Both scholarship programmes explicitly encourage women applicants and in addition, the OKP favours applicants from Sub-Saharan Africa.

If you are not successful, please know that you are not the only one. Not being successful this time doesn’t necessary mean you won’t be successful next time. If you are a strong candidate that meets all of the criteria, it is worth applying again during the next window. And if you had your heart set on a particular course, there is always the possibility of being accepted as a self-payer or finding a sponsor to pay for you to take part in the course.

I have already applied twice for a scholarship and was not awarded one. Is it worth applying again?

If you have applied before and were considered eligible by both RNTC and Nuffic, but were not awarded a scholarship, it is definitely worth trying again. It means you are a serious candidate and actually have a real chance of obtaining a scholarship. It is also worth applying again if you were not considered eligible, but your situation has changed and you do meet all the criteria now.

And please take note of our two most important tips for improving your chances:

Put a lot of effort into writing your letter of motivation. This motivation will be evaluated by RNTC, Nuffic and the Dutch embassy in your country and weighs heavily in the selection procedure. 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?
     
  • 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. Please for instance use the Employer's Statement format provided by them and make sure you FILL OUT BOTH PAGES, use an official letterhead, get the signature of your employer/superior and that the document is stamped by your organization. If a government statement is required for your country, please use the Government Statement format provided by Nuffic.
I want to apply for an OKP/MSP scholarship. Where do I start my application: RNTC or Nuffic?

If you want apply for a scholarship to cover the costs of the course, you need to apply to both RNTC (for your course application) and Nuffic (for a scholarship).

It is wise to start with RNTC and to wait to hear whether or not you are eligible for a scholarship. Once you’ve received RNTC’s positive reaction, you can start your application with Nuffic (through the ATLAS system)

How can I get help with my OKP or MSP application?

There are many ways to find help:

How do I improve my chances of being granted a scholarship?

Make your motivation letter count! This motivation will be evaluated by RNTC, Nuffic and the Dutch embassy in your country and weighs heavily in the selection procedure. 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?

  •  Fill in all the required documents EXACTLY as specified by Nuffic! If you do not follow their instructions to the letter, Nuffic will simply reject your application no matter how good a candidate you are.

Both scholarship programmes explicitly encourage women to apply and in addition OKP (formerly known as NFP) favours applicants from Sub-Saharan Africa.

How do I convert a document into a pdf file?

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: print your document and 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.

How much does it cost to stay in the Netherlands?

The general living costs in the Netherlands can be found here. (updated January 2018)

 

I'm an RNTC Alumnus. Can I apply for another scholarship?

Yes, you can. Please do note that at least 24 months (2 years) needs to have passed between your previous RNTC course and the new scholarship application window.