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: March/June/September
The yearly MSP deadlines are in: March/September

The next NUFFIC OKP & MSWP application window will open on 31 August and closes on 11 October 2022.
 

We have changed our application procedure:

For the upcoming round you need to follow the next steps:

Step 1:     Check if you are eligible for OKP or MSP
Step 2:     Submit your application to MSM first
Step 3:     Your application will be reviewed by MSM
Step 4:     If your application meets the NUFFIC requirements, you will receive a link to get access to the Delta system where you can submit your NUFFIC application

Increase your chances in getting a NUFFIC scholarship

Applying for a NUFFIC scholarship is highly competitive. There are many more applicants for our executive education programs than there are scholarships available. Therefore, it is important that you meet all the MSM and NUFFIC criteria and follow the EXACT procedure.

To increase your chance for getting awarded with a NUFFIC scholarship it is important that you submit and prepare all the required and necessary documents. Make sure that you provide a compelling motivation about how your participation in the program will make a positive impact on you, your organization 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 the requirements of the MSM application and NUFFIC application carefully.

These are the steps to apply for a OKP or MSP scholarship
Step 1 a:    Check if you are eligible for OKP
Step 1 b:    Check if you are eligible for MSP
Step 2:       Submit your application to MSM 

Step 3:       If your application is suitable for NUFFIC, registration in Delta for OKP & MSP applicants
Step 4:       Selection of candidates

Below we will explain every step in detail:

Step 1 a: Check if you are eligible for OKP

You must meet all the below criteria that support the aim of the OKP to be eligible for a scholarship:

  • Check the obligations and conditions before you apply:
  • You must be a national of, and working and living in one of the selected OKP countries. Check the Country List under How to apply on: www.studyinholland.nl/okp
  • 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;
  • 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, for more information see step 3).
  • Applicants should have the ability to function academically and professionally at Bachelor level. Because it is an interactive program, candidates should have an adequate level of spoken and written English to be able to follow the program and to actively participate. If it turns out that an applicant does not have the sufficient level of English, a certificate will not be awarded.

    For more information on the general eligibility criteria please click here

Priority areas for the OKP scholarships
The embassies have a key role in aligning the OKP program with local priorities and needs, as part of the overall country strategy of the Ministry. The program supports the country strategy, priorities, programs and initiatives from perspective of capacity building and knowledge development. Each of the Dutch Embassies in the OKP countries work within the policy lines of the Dutch government. Within this framework they have set priorities for their field of work. 

The OKP program offers opportunities in fields related to the priority themes of the Dutch government:

        * Food and nutrition security
        * Water, energy and climate
        * Sexual and reproductive health and rights
        * Security and the rule of law

The countries in the program each focus on one or more of these themes. Together with the local embassy they decide which themes are applicable for each country.  This is done by focusing on the local needs of each participating country. In addition, the following cross-cutting themes are important in all participating countries:

        * Private sector development
        * Inclusivity of women and marginalized groups
        * Environment

To check which themes apply for your country, check the country themes page.

Step 1 b: Check if you are eligible for MSP

You must meet all the below criteria that support the aim of the MSP to be eligible for a scholarship:

  • Check the obligations and conditions before you apply:
  • You are a national of, and working and living in, one of the following countries from the MSP country list valid at the time of application: Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Syria* or Tunisia. Check the Country List under How to apply on: studyinholland.nl/mena-scholarship-programme-msp
  • 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.
  • 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 3);
  • You must not be over 45 years of age at the time of the grant submission.
  • Applicants should have the ability to function academically and professionally at Bachelor level. Because it is an interactive program, candidates should have an adequate level of spoken and written English to be able to follow the program and to actively participate. If it turns out that an applicant does not have the sufficient level of English, a certificate will not be awarded.

Important note
To increase the chance of a scholarship for women from the MENA region, 50% of all scholarships will be awarded to women. 

Also check this page for more information on the general eligibility criteria. 

Priority areas for the MSP scholarships
The Dutch Ministry is financing scholarships with the aim to contribute to democratic transition in the participating countries. Furthermore, the MSP aims at sustainable capacity development within a wide range of governmental, nongovernmental and private organizations and institutions in the selected countries. 

The embassies in the MSP countries have a key role in aligning the MSP program with local priorities and needs, as part of the overall country strategy of the Dutch ministry. To check which themes apply for your country, check the country themes page

Step 2: Submit your application to MSM

If you want to apply for a NUFFIC OKP or MSP scholarship, you need to submit your application to MSM first via the MSM online application portal. MSM will do the first review to ensure all necessary requirements are met. After this, you will be informed if you are selected to submit your application into the NUFFIC (Delta) system.

  1. Login or create an applicant profile to start your MSM NUFFIC application for the executive program of your choice.
  2. Click on the "Executive Education for NUFFIC sponsored applicants" tab and then select the executive program of your choice.
  3. You will be taken to a page where you can start your application by selecting "Start Application”
  4. You can log out and log in as often as you like until you are ready. 

For your application at MSM, you need to upload the following:

        * CV
        * Copy of valid passport
        * Motivation letter (read more about the motivation letter below)

It is not necessary to upload all documents all at once. You can save your application and logout and login as often as you want.

Motivation letter
This motivation will weigh heavily in the selection procedure. Make sure that you provide a compelling motivation about how your participation in the program will make a positive impact on you, your organization and your country. If your application is not well motivated, we will not be able to nominate you for a scholarship.

Your motivation and the endorsement of your employer is very important and has a central part in the nomination by MSM and the selection by the Dutch Embassy of your country who advice NUFFIC about who to nominate for the scholarship. It should be clear from your application how the intended learning outcomes of the program will help you to make a positive impact on your current position, role and your country. Your “theory of change” should be compelling. Questions that are asked in your NUFFIC application are:

In short, your application should be clear on long-term goals, identify clear indicators of outcomes (both with regard to your personal effectiveness & your contribution to strengthening organizational effectiveness).

Step 3: Registration in Delta for OKP or MSP applicants
If your MSM application meets the NUFFIC requirements, you will receive a link to get access to the Delta system where you can submit your NUFFIC application. Delta is an online registration system of NUFFIC where you apply for an OKP or MSP scholarship. 

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 in Delta after MSM had approved your application
If you are admitted to the course and your MSM application meets the NUFFIC requirements, MSM will send you the link via e-mail to apply for the OKP/MSP scholarship. Please keep a close eye to your e-mail. 

  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 (check step 1a for OKP or step 2b for MSP), 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. Motivation letter: You have already prepared this for the MSM application. 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 (check the exceptions below)
    *
    Government statement (if applicable, check below for more information)

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.

Exceptions Employer Statement
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. Therefore, NUFFIC made some exceptions. A digitally signed employer statement is sufficient (a stamp is not required), provided there are no doubts regarding the authenticity and all other requirements are met.

Government statement OKP & MSP
A number of governments of OKP and 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 use this format for OKP and this format for MSP, as 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.

Step 4: Selection of candidates
The application process until awarding takes about 10 weeks starting from the application deadline. 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 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. 


*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.