Media & Journalism Scholarships for African and Developing Countries at The Netherlands

Through the Netherlands Fellowship Programs (NFP) and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Scholarship Program, scholars from Africa and other developing countries can avail of Media and Journalism grants.

Media and communications professionals from Sub-Saharan African as well as developing countries can now apply for short-course scholarships at the Radio Netherlands Training Centre (RNTC). As of this writing, aspiring scholars may apply to any of the following courses:

  • Investigative journalism
  • Media campaigns
  • Producing media to counter radicalization
  • Using media for development

What Benefits Are Included Within the RNTC Scholarship?

The RNTC scholarships  are available for courses of two weeks or longer. Moreover, the grants will be awarded based on academic and professional merit.  

An NFP or MSP scholarship will cover the full cost of the scholar’s travel and visa (if required), accommodation and meals, insurance, and the course fee. In addition, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs funds the scholarship. Meanwhile, the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education (NUFFIC) administers it.

Which African and Developing Countries Are Eligible?

RNTC Netherlands fellowships are available for professional journalists, program-makers, broadcast trainers, and managers coming from the countries listed below. To sum it up, these are a combined NFP list and low-middle-income countries according to the World Bank criteria.

  • African Countries: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Djibouti, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Mauritania, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  •  Other Countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Autonomous Palestinian Territories, Bangladesh, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eritrea, Fiji, Georgia, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kiribati, Kosovo, Laos, Macedonia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Moldova, Nepal, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Syria, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen

How To Apply For a Media & Journalism Grant

Applicants may apply for their chosen Media & Journalism scholarships twice a year during the open application windows. For potential scholars to land a spot, they must meet the RNTC criteria set for the individual courses as well as the NUFFIC criteria.

For detailed steps on how to apply, visit this link. In case you’re wondering about full scholarship details, visit the official RNTC scholarship webpage.


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