RNTC Scholarships 2021 for media and communications professionals to study in the Netherlands (Funded)

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RNTC Scholarships 2021 for media and communications professionals to study in the Netherlands (Funded)

Application deadline: 16th June, 2020.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides two types of scholarships to media and communications professionals from a variety of partner countries. These are OKP and MSP:

  • Orange Knowledge Programme, or OKP (formerly known as NFP), which is available to 53 countries. Find the list of eligible countries here.
  • MSP, which stands for MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Scholarship Programme, which is available to 10 countries. Find the list of eligible countries here.

Both scholarships are administered by Nuffic (the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education) and include a contribution towards:

  • Cost of living
  • Course fees
  • Visa
  • Travel
  • Insurance

All you have to do, is cover any differences between actual costs and the OKP or MSP scholarship contribution. 

So, do I qualify?

You can find the criteria for various scholarships at the bottom of this page.

Scholarship Registration & Application
It is possible to register multiple times a year during an 'application window' to see if you are eligible for an OKP or MSP scholarship. OKP has three application windows, mainly in February, May/June and October. MSP has two application windows, mainly in February & October.
There are always going to be more applications than there are scholarships, so up your chances, by making sure you meet all of the RNTC criteria, see individual course pages for more details, and the Nuffic OKP & MSP criteria, which you can find at the bottom of this page. If you meet all the RNTC and Nuffic criteria and you’d like to apply, then follow the steps on our 'How to apply' page. 
Need help? Take a look at our FAQs, contact your local RNTC Ambassador or email us at

Other scholarships
Aside from the OKP and MSP scholarships, there are several other options available. You can find more on information on these at the bottom of this page.


It’s not as complicated as you might think! Just do some research, read a few documents, get a couple written statements together and Boom! You’ve ticked all the boxes. So, what exactly is involved?

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

  • You are a national who lives and works in one of the countries on the Nuffic OKP list which you can find here.
  • You have an Employer’s Statement that complies with the format Nuffic has provided (i.e. it should provide all requested information and endorse all of the required commitments)
  • You have an official and valid passport
  • You are not attending two or more courses at the same time
  • You can provide a Government Statement in the format Nuffic has provided, should one be required. Check here to see if you need one.
  • You must not be employed by an organisation that has its own means of staff-development, such as:
    • Multinational corporations (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft)
    • Large national and/or 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)

Great news! The OKP program has no age limit.

Special note: Please check the OKP Country Focus document, and try tailor your application around it. 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 in with the embassy's Country Focus.

For more information:

Click here to visit the official application website

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