Scholarship FAQs

All the answers to your questions about scholarships for RNTC courses

Scholarship FAQs

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

Are scholarships available for 1-4-day courses?

No, scholarships are only available for courses of two 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 took 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.

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.

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 provides a plan how to implement the  knowledge you’ll acquire during your course at RNTC.

You can download a format here

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

Yes, you can. Freelance professionals will be considered using the same criteria as those who are employed and will have the same chance to be admitted as someone who works for an organisation or company. 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 (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 KOP (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 a KOP 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 will weigh heavily in the selection procedure.

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 ten 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 NFP 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 and meet the criteria, it is worth applying again. And if you had your heart set on a particular course, there is always the possibility of being accepted as a self-payer or of finding a sponsor to pay for you to take part.

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 a KOP/MSP scholarship. Where do I start my application: RNTC or EP-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.

How can I get help with my KOP 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 KOP (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 are estimated as follows, per week:

(Hotel) accommodation: EUR 448 
Food and drinks: EUR 121
Other: EUR 30
Total: EUR 599