Application Deadline: 24 October 2017!
YOU CAN NOW APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP FOR ONE OF THE UPCOMING COURSES!
- January 29- February 16: Data Journalism (only KOP)
- January 29- February 16: Broadcast Entrepreneur (only KOP)
- March 5- March 23: Investigative Journalism (KOP and MSP)
- March 5- March 23: The Digital Content Creative (KOP and MSP)
- April 9- April 27: Media Campaigns for Development and Social Change (KOP and MSP)
- April 9- April 27: Producing Media to Counter Radicalisation (KOP and MSP)
- June 18- July 6: Data Journalism (KOP and MSP)
- June 18- July 6: Investigative Journalism (KOP and MSP)
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides KOP (formerly known as NFP) and MSP scholarships for the RNTC courses for media and communications professionals from a variety of partner countries.
The scholarships are administered by Nuffic, the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education. KOP stands for ‘Kennisontwikkelingsprogramma’ and these scholarships are available for 28 countries. MSP stands for ‘MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Scholarship Programme’ and is available for 9* countries. Please check below whether you meet the criteria to apply for a KOP or MSP scholarship.
- The scholarships include a contribution towards the cost of living, the course fees, visa, travel and insurance. If applicable, the scholarship holder is expected to cover the difference between actual costs and the KOP or MSP scholarship amount.
HOW TO APPLY:
1. First apply to RNTC to check that you are eligible for the course you would like to do. You can apply for a course by selecting a course. Make clear in your application to RNTC that you are intending to apply for a KOP or MSP scholarship. The option is included in the RNTC application form (only available for ‘KOP’ and ‘MSP’ courses before the KOP/MSP deadline).
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2. Once you have submitted your application, RNTC will inform you by email whether you are eligible or not (usually within two weeks).
3. If you are eligible for the course, RNTC will send you a link by email to apply for a KOP or MSP scholarship in ATLAS; the online system for your KOP or MSP scholarship application.
4. Then apply for an KOP or MSP scholarship:
Please note that your KOP 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.
5. If you are eligible for RNTC and you meet the KOP or MSP criteria, you can apply for a scholarship in the Nuffic system which is called ATLAS, using the link mentioned in step 3.
6. Note that you can only apply for a scholarship for your chosen course during the application window for that course. There are two of these windows every year.
7. Before applying for a KOP or MSP scholarship, make sure you have all the documents mentioned below ready. 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 EXACTLY as specified. Otherwise, your application will be rejected by Nuffic! The file format should be PDF and your document must not exceed 2 MB.
- Copy of a valid passport. The passport needs to be still valid at least three months after the submission date of the registration form.
- A Letter of motivation. Have this prepared so you can copy/paste it into the online application form. 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. Make sure you address the following questions:
- 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 considering your position within your organisation?
- 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. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS DOCUMENT CONSISTS OF TWO PAGES, BOTH HAVE TO BE FILLED IN, SIGNED & STAMPED.
- A Government Statement (if applicable for your country). A number of governments of KOP 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 this overview to see if this applies for your country. Also, it’s always good to check this with your government and/or the Netherlands embassy. If a government statement is required for your country, please use this format provided by Nuffic.
8. If you are certain that you are eligible for a KOP 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 the online application form.
9. Also download and read the KOP and MSP registration instructions for ATLAS.
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