NFP and MSP scholarships

Between September 4th and October 26th applications can be submitted for an NFP or MSP scholarship to attend one of the following five RNTC courses in 2015:

Multimedia Journalism (BJ Module 2): March 16th - April 24th (6 weeks)
Factual Programme-making (Facts & Formats): March 30th - April 24th (4 wks)
Using Media for Development: May 11th - May 22nd (2 weeks)
Broadcast Management: June 1st - June 12th (2 weeks)
Online Journalism: June 8th - June 19th (2 weeks)

Please note that there have been some changes in the application procedure in August 2014. You will find the new procedure below.

What is an NFP or MSP scholarship?

NFP stands for Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP); MSP stands for MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Scholarship Programme. NFP scholarships are available for 51 countries, MSP scholarships for 10 countries.

An NFP or MSP scholarship will pay for the full cost of your travel and visa (if required), accommodation and meals, insurance and the course fee. The NFP and the MSP scholarship programmes are funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and administered by Nuffic, the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education.

There are many more applications then there are scholarships available. Not everyone can apply for an NFP or MSP scholarship. Therefore, it is important that you meet all the RNTC and Nuffic criteria (see below).

What are the criteria for an NFP or MSP scholarship?

RNTC criteria
To be eligible for an NFP or MSP scholarship, first you have to meet the RNTC criteria that are composed of two parts:

RNTC Admission Requirements:
Including the level of English (the working language of our courses).

Course Requirements:
Check the ‘Who’s it for’ section in the course of your choice. Your work and experience have to meet the criteria mentioned there.

Finally check whether you meet the NFP or MSP scholarship application requirements (see below).

Criteria for an NFP scholarship
Next to the RNTC criteria, you need to meet the following requirements to be eligible for an NFP scholarship:

•  you are a national of and work in one of the following 51 countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Autonomous Palestinian Territories, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Colombia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Macedonia, Mali, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Surinam, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
•  you are not employed by a multinational corporation, a UN organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, a bilateral or multinational donor organisation, or a large national and/or commercial organisation
•  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;
•  you have a Government Statement (only if applicable, see below) that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established.


Criteria for an MSP scholarship
Next to the RNTC criteria, you need to meet the following requirements to be eligible for an MSP scholarship:

•  you are a national of and work in one of the following 10 countries: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Syria, Tunisia
•  you are not employed by a multinational corporation, a UN organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, a bilateral or multinational donor organisation, or a large national and/or commercial organisation
•  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;
•  you have a Government Statement (only if applicable, see below) that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established;
•  you are not be over 45 years of age at the time of the scholarship application deadline.

Application procedure NFP and MSP scholarship

You will need to apply online (applications by post are not possible). To apply for an NFP or an MSP scholarship you need to take the following steps:

First apply at RNTC:

1.    First apply to RNTC to check that you are eligible for the course you are applying for. If applying for the first time you will need to register first. If you already have a login, please use your existing login (your data is saved). Check the information about how to register and apply to RNTC
2.    Make clear in your application to RNTC that you are intending to apply for an NFP or an MSP scholarship. The option is included in your RNTC application (only available for ‘NFP/MSP’ courses before the NFP/MSP deadline).
3.    Once you have submitted your application, RNTC will inform you by email whether you are eligible or not (usually within two weeks).
4.    If you are eligible RNTC will let you know by email when you can apply for an NFP or an MSP scholarship and what the application deadline is for your chosen course.
5.    Please note that every course has an RNTC deadline. You can find the deadline in the ‘Dates and deadlines’ section of your course.

 

 

 

Then apply for an NFP or MSP scholarship:
6.    If you are eligible for RNTC and you meet the NFP or MSP criteria, you can apply for a scholarship.
7.    Note that you can only apply for a scholarship for your chosen course during the application window for that course. There are three windows every year. The last window of 2014 is open from 4 September until 26 October in which 5 courses open for application (see top of page).
8.    Before applying for an NFP or MSP scholarship make sure you prepare the documents mentioned below. This is because your application has to be completed and submitted in one go. Please use the formats provided by Nuffic and submit all the required documents in the EXACT way as specified. Otherwise your application will simply be rejected by Nuffic!

  • Copy of a valid passport
  • A Letter of motivation Have this prepared so you can copy/paste it into  the online applicationform. This can be more or less the same motivation as you prepared for your RNTC application. This motivation will weigh heavily in the selection procedure.
  • An Employer's Statement This is a very important document, please fill it out EXACTLY as specified by Nuffic and use this format provided by Nuffic.
  • A Government Statement (if applicable for your country) A number of governments of NFP and MSP countries  require a government statement before candidates can apply for a scholarship. In this statement the government expresses its support for the scholarship application. Please check with your government and/or the Netherlands embassy if this applies to your country. If so, please use this format provided by Nuffic.

9.    If you are certain that you are eligible for an NFP or MSP scholarship and you have collected all the necessary information and documentation, you can start with your application in Nuffic's ATLAS online application system using this online application form (url only available during application window).
10.   Please note that your NFP or MSP application has to be completed and submitted in one go! Once you have submitted your application you will not be able to make changes or additions.

 

When and how will I know wether I have been awarded an NFP or MSP scholarship?

Nuffic will inform you by email whether you have been successful or not within 7 weeks after the closing of the application window. You can also check the status of your application in ATLAS. Once RNTC knows that you have been awarded a scholarship we will also contact you to start preparations for you to come to the Netherlands to attend the course!

How can I approve my chances of getting a scholarship?

A basic requirement is that you meet all the RNTC and the NFP or MSP criteria as mentioned above. For actually being selected for a scholarship, you can improve your chances by:

  • Putting 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.
  • Filling 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 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.

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 same criteria that Nuffic has specified in the format (official letterhead, a stamp and don't forget to sign the form yourself!).

What are my chances of getting a scholarship?

There are always many more applicants than scholarships to be awarded.  Not everyone who applies for a scholarship will have their name put forward for an award. A week before the close of the NFP and MSP application window 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 NFP or an 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 (development) priorities it has established and publicised.

If you are not successful please be consoled that you are one of many. Not being successful this time may not mean you won’t be successful next time. If you are a strong applicant and meet the criteria it is worth applying again. And if you had set your mind on this course there is always the possibility of being accepted as a self-payer or of finding a sponsor of your own to pay for you to take part.

Help with your NFP or MSP application

There are many ways to find help: