Open Courses in Hilversum

How to apply?


If you are interested in a particular course, and you meet the criteria mentioned above, you can apply by filling in our application form. Please do take note of the application deadline for each course, as we do not consider applications after the closing date. Please do realise that to apply doesn't mean you will automatically be invited to take part. On average, we receive up to 5 applications for any available place.

To cover the costs of participation, you have three options:

  1. You or your organisation cover the costs. Upon request, we’ll provide you with detailed information about the costs involved of the course of your choice (
  2. You’ll find a sponsor or a grant to participate (for more information, visit:
  3. You’ll apply for a Fellowship under the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP).

As most people choose this option, what follows is a step by step guide on the NFP procedure:


Netherlands Fellowship Programme

The Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) is a demand-driven fellowship programme designed to foster capacity building within organisations by providing training and education to their mid-career staff members. NFP-fellowships cover your travel costs, accommodation and course fee. NFP is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the budget for development co-operation, and run by NUFFIC, the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education.


In each of the 60 participating countries, a  fellowship officer is attached to the embassy or consulate (visit to find a location nearest to you). Half of the available fellowships are awarded to women, and simultaneously, half of the available budget is spent on candidates from sub-Saharan Africa. Apart from this, priority is given to candidates from deprived groups and/or from marginalized regions.


A new application procedure will be implemented at the end of 2010. It will apply to all courses starting from the Autumn of 2011 onwards. It will have consequences for the way you apply and the way your application will be processed. We’ll keep you informed through our website, and your fellowship officer should be able to give you an update as well. For all RNTC courses up to June 2011 the following procedure applies:

  1. After receiving your application form, RNTC evaluates it against the requirements. If you meet them, you are eligible, and you’ll receive a ‘conditional letter of acceptance’
  2. You’ll need the ‘conditional letter of acceptance’ to apply for a Fellowship. The Fellowship Officer at ‘your’ Royal Netherlands Embassy or Diplomatic post will interview you and help you with the NFP application procedure. Please realize that processing your application takes time, and you should have finalized the embassy-application before the ‘embassy deadline’ mentioned in the call for application
  3. Once you’ll meet the NFP criteria*, the Fellowship officer will forward your application to NUFFIC in the Netherlands
  4. Nuffic then sends RNTC a pre-selection of approved candidates
  5. RNTC will then assess your application in depth. We will inform you and the Fellowship officer whether you have been selected or not

The selection process will normally be completed two months prior to the start of a course.

If you have questions about any aspects of the procedure, please contact us at:


* Apart from the ‘conditional letter of acceptance’, you’ll need to hand in the following documents:
the official result of an English language test (TOEFL or IELTS), unless you are a native speaker; A letter from your employer guaranteeing that your salary will continue to be paid and your job will be held for you; a copy of your passport or other official identity document;  Certified copies of educational records*; a current photo*; A copy of your birth certificate* (* upon request of the Embassy or consulate)