Delft, The Netherlands, 30 Aug 2018

Short Course OKP and MSP deadline coming up

The OKP (formerly NFP) and MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) issue scholarships for IHE Delft Short Courses with a start date between 04 March and 20 July 2019. Eligible candidates can apply for a OKP or MSP scholarship between 06 September and 11 October 2018. You will need to have academic admission at IHE Delft before you can apply for a scholarship, so make sure you apply before 27 September to allow IHE Delft time to check your application.

The scholarships are awarded in a competitive selection to highly motivated professionals who are in a position to introduce the newly-acquired skills and knowledge into their employing organization. OKP and MSP are initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by Nuffic, the organisation for internationalisation in education in the Netherlands.

Step 1: check if you are eligible

Before you apply, make sure you review the eligibility criteria carefully and check whether your employer is willing to nominate you for the scholarship. When you are certain that you are eligible for an OKP or MSP scholarship, you can start making the necessary preparations for your application.

Eligibility
For MSP, eligible countries are: Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria*, and Tunisia. *MSP is not currently open to applicants applying from Syria. Applicants with the Syrian nationality may apply if they are residing and working in one of the other MSP countries on the list. 

For OKP, eligible countries are: Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Colombia, Congo (DRC), Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Macedonia, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Surinam, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

To be eligible for an OKP or MSP scholarship:

  • one must be a professional and national of, and living and working in one of the countries on the OKP or MSP country list (see above) valid at the time of application;
  • one must have a current 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;
  • one must not be employed by an organisation that has its own means of staff development. Organisations that are considered to have their own means of staff development are for example: multinational corporations (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft); a large national and/or a large commercial organisation; 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 NGO’s (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care).
  • one must have an official passport valid at least three months after the submission date of the registration form by the candidate.
  • one must have a government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established (if applicable);
  • the candidate must not receive more than one OKP or MSP scholarship for courses that take place at the same time

And additionally for MSP:

  • the age of the MSP candidate must not exceed 45 years of age at the time of the grant submission

Step 2: apply for admission to an IHE Delft Short Course

Admission criteria
You should have at least a Bachelor's Degree in a relevant field of study, preferably some years of working experience and a good command of the English language. Some courses have specific requirements.

When to apply for a Short Course
You will need to have academic admission at IHE Delft before you can apply for a scholarship. So if you are interested, apply for one of 48 short courses with a start date between 04 March and 20 July 2019 and start to prepare the documents that need to be submitted to OKP/MSP (see below).  Make sure you apply before 27 September 2018 to allow IHE Delft time to check your application

How to apply for a Short Course
Apply to a short course by following the application link on the webpage of the short course you wish to enroll in. For an overview of all IHE Delft Short Courses, held in 2019, including those with a start date between 04 March and 20 July 2019 click here

IHE Delft aims to notify you about the outcome of your application within two weeks. If your application is accepted by IHE Delft you will be notified per email and you can proceed with step 3, application for a OKP or MSP scholarship.

Step 3: apply for NFP or MSP through ATLAS

When to apply for OKP or MSP
You can apply for a OKP or MSP scholarship through ATLAS -the online application tool for OKP and MSP scholarships between 06 September and 11 October 2018.

Please take note of the following:

  • You first need to have academically acceptance to IHE Delft's Short Courses (see Step 1) and make sure you apply before 27 September to allow IHE Delft time to check your application.
  • Applying for a scholarship often takes time and effort, but might not lead to a OKP or MSP scholarship, as Nuffic receives thousands of applications each year
  • You are allowed to apply for only one OKP or MSP scholarship by this deadline
  • You will need to prepare and collect all the necessary documents in advance, this may take some time

How to apply for OKP
Click here to apply for an OKP scholarship www.atlas-candidate.nl (This link will only work during the scholarship application period)

Use the following documents:

format-employers-statement_okp

Check: orange-knowledge-programme-government-statement-overview to see whether or not you will need to submit: 
Statement-of-government-authority OKP

How to apply for MSP

Click here to apply for an MSP scholarship: www.atlas-candidate.nl (This link will only work during the scholarship application period)

Use the following documents:

format-employers-statement_msp

Check: mena-scholarship-programme-msp-government-statement-requirements to see whether or not you will need to submit:
 mena-scholarship-programme-msp-statement-of-government-authority

Incomplete applications in ATLAS will not be accepted, so please pay good attention to the documents you will need to prepare. 

Outcome of selection

The outcome of the first selection round of scholarships will be communicated to the applicants in the beginning of January 2019, we thank you in advance for your patience.

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