NUFFIC Scholarship procedure for Executive Education applicants

Deadlines

You can only apply for a scholarship for your chosen course during the ‘application window’ for that course.
The yearly OKP deadlines are in: April/August/November
The yearly MSP deadlines are in: April/November

The Nuffic MSP application window is closed. The Nuffic OKP application window is open and closes on Tuesday 5 January 2021 at 16 hrs. CET

IMPORTANT
Exceptions Employer statement NUFFIC OKP scholarship offer

It may be the case that you are not able to obtain a signed and stamped Employer Statement because of the restrictions due to the Corona virus. For those participants, Nuffic made the exception that submitting a digitally signed employer statement (without a stamp) is sufficient. It is important that both the telephone number as e-mail address of the employer is mentioned in the employer statement clearly. 

Procedure

We receive many more applications than there are scholarships available. Applying for a Nuffic scholarship is highly competitive. There are many more applicants for our programs than there are scholarships available. Not everyone who applies will receive an OKP or MSP scholarship. To increase your chance for getting awarded with a Nuffic scholarship it is important that you submit all the required and necessary information. Make sure that you provide a compelling motivation about how your participation in the program will make a positive impact on you, your employer and your country. If your application is not well motivated, we will not be able to nominate you for a scholarship.

Please study the procedure and requirements carefully, prepare yourself well and register in the online system of Delta.

These are the steps to apply for a OKP or MSP sponsorship.
Step 1 a:     Check if you are eligible for OKP
Step 1 b:     Check if you are eligible for MSP
Step 2:        Registration in Delta for OKP applicants
Step 2b:        Registration in Delta for MSP applicants
Step 3:        Selection of candidates

Hereunder we will explain every step in detail:

Step 1 a: Check if you are eligible for OKP
To be eligible for an OKP fellowship:

  • You must be a national of, and working and living in one of the selected countries on the OKP country list.
  • You are nominated by your employer, who pledges to continue paying your salary and guarantees that you will be able to return to the same or an equivalent position at the end of your fellowship period. This means that you must 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 (please check the exceptions from Nuffic for the current application round on the top of the page);
  • All information must be provided and all commitments that are included in the format must be endorsed in the statement;
  • Your scholarship application should be in line with the Country Plan of Implementation or Country Focus for the country concerned.
  • You must not be employed by an organization that has its own means of staff-development. Organizations that are considered to have their own means for staff development are for example:
    - multinational corporations (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft),
    - large national and/or a large commercial organizations,
    - bilateral donor organizations (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid),
    - multilateral donor organizations, (e.g. a UN organization, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB),
    - international NGO’s (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care);
  • You must have an official and valid passport (until at least 3 months after your application date);
  • You must not receive more than one fellowship for courses that take place at the same time;
  • You must have a government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established (if applicable, see step 2).
  • Your command of English is good enough to participate fully in the training. MSM reserves the right to check this.

    For more information on the Nuffic OKP program, click 
    .here


Step 1 b: Check if you are eligible for MSP
To be eligible for an MSP fellowship: You are a national of, and working and living in, one of the following from the MSP country list valid at the time of application: Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria*, Tunisia

  • You are a mid-career professional and are nominated by your employer, who pledges to continue paying your salary and guarantees that you will be able to return to the same or an equivalent position at the end of your fellowship period. While scholarships are awarded to individuals, the need for training must be demonstrated in the context of the organization for which the applicant works. The training must help the organization develop its capacity. This means that you must 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. (please check the exceptions for the employer statement at the top of this page).
  • Your scholarship application should be in line with the Country Focus for the country concerned.
  • You must not be employed by an organization that has its own means of staff-development. Organizations that are considered to have their own means for staff development are for example:
    - multinational corporations (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft),
    - large national and/or a large commercial organizations,
    - bilateral donor organizations (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid),
    - multilateral donor organizations, (e.g. a UN organization, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB),
    - international NGO’s (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care);
  • You must have an official and valid passport (until at least 3 months after your application date);
  • You must not receive more than one fellowship for courses that take place at the same time;
  • You must have a government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established (if applicable, see step 2);
  • You must not be over 45 years of age at the time of the grant submission.
  • You have a good command of English to be able to participate fully in the training. MSM reserves the right to check this.

Also check this page for further information about NUFFIC and the MSP sponsorship.

Step 2: Registration at Delta for OKP and MSP
You only need to apply in Delta. Delta is an online registration system of Nuffic where you apply for a scholarship. You can register in Delta about two months before the respective application deadline.
For OKP applicants: click here to apply
For MSP applicants: click here to apply

Before applying for an OKP 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 not be eligible.

How to apply?

  1. Read the course description on our website.
  2. Before you start in Delta, you need to have all the required documents and information ready, as you will need to submit them online during one session. Required documents are only accepted in pdf format and their size may not exceed 2 Mb.
  3. A Letter of motivation: Have this prepared so you can copy/paste it into the online application form. This motivation will weigh heavily in the selection procedure. Also make sure your motivation is in line with the OKP Country Focus or MSP Country Focus of your country.
    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 with your position within your organization?
  4. The required documents:
    *Copy of a valid passport (until at least 3 months after your application date).
    *Employer’s statement: please use the required template – download here.

As specified in the overall aim of the OKP fellowships: the need for training has to be evident within the context of an organization so the employer statement is a very important document, please fill it out EXACTLY as specified by Nuffic and use the format provided by Nuffic on letter head paper from your organization.

Government statement OKP:  A number of governments of OKP countries require a statement from the government before candidates can apply for a scholarship. In this statement the government expresses its support for the scholarship application.

Please, check in this overview to see if this applies for your country. If a government statement is required for your country, please use this format provided by Nuffic. In the overview per country you can find information on who should sign the government statement and to whom the statement requirements apply. If unsure, kindly check this with your government and/or the Netherlands embassy.

Government statement MSP: A number of governments of MSP countries require a statement from the government before candidates can apply for a scholarship. In this statement the government expresses its support for the scholarship application.

Please, check in this overview to see if this applies for your country. If a government statement is required for your country, please us this format provided by Nuffic. In the overview per country you can find information on who should sign the government statement and to whom the statement requirements apply. If unsure, kindly check this with your government and/or the Netherlands embassy.

Admission letter: For application for short courses (except Research Methods & Skills course)) an admission letter from the institution is not needed, you can leave this field blank.

NB You cannot update, change or complete your information after you have submitted your application. If you want to update your information or documents, you have to register once more in Delta. We will only consider your last application.

Apply as early as possible

MSM will then start the assessment of your application. Only complete and correct applications will be considered.

The MSM Admission board will review your information to check your suitability for the course. In case we need more information from you, we will contact you.

Please note that only complete applications will be considered.

Please read all the information carefully and follow the EXACT procedure. Good Luck!

Step 3: Selection of candidates
The selection procedure at MSM, the Dutch Embassy and Nuffic continues as follows:

  • The Dutch institution submits a grant request to Nuffic requesting funding for eligible scholarship applications.
  • The applicable Netherlands Embassy will check the individual applications on their eligibility and will assess the applications based on the eligibility criteria and the Embassy country focus area(s).
  • Only eligible applications will be taken into further consideration. Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria will be rejected.
  • The selection will be determined by the available deadline budget, the number of applicants and the quality and suitability of the applications. 
  • Candidates whom have been nominated will be informed of the outcome of the selection by the Dutch institution. 

The application process until awarding takes about 10 weeks starting from the application deadline.

*MSP is not currently open to professionals applying from Syria. Applicants with the Syrian nationality may apply if they are residing and working in one of the other MSP countries listed.