Frequently Asked Questions WCDI Courses

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Registration short / online course

How do I register for a short / online course?

You can register for a course via the individual course page. More information on how to apply can be found here:

If you are unable to register via the individual course page, you can request an application form for a short course. You can send this request to training.cdi@wur.nl

Please mention the title of the course you wish to apply for and the year.

How can I get admitted to a short / online course?

In order to be admitted to the course, you must register on the individual course page online. After completing your application, we will review it and send you an admission letter.

How do I know whether I am eligible for this programme?

Our short courses are designed for professionals with at least a BSc-level (or equivalent) and a minimum of three years of relevant work experience. Applications from students will not be taken into consideration.

Specific requirements for participation can be found on the individual course page.

I have submitted my application, but want to change something.

When your application for a short / online course has been completed and submitted and you wish to change part of your application, please contact us at training.cdi@wur.nl

Please explain clearly which part of your application you want altered.

I wish to defer my application for a short / online course to next year, is this possible?

Unfortunately it is not possible to defer your application to next year. We can cancel your application, but you will have to register again for next year’s course.

What happens after you submit your course registration?

After submitting your registration, you will receive an email to confirm your registration. If you have indicated that you want to apply for an Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) / MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) scholarship, you will receive an admission letter with instructions on how to apply for the scholarship.

Is it possible to register for more than one short / online course?

Yes, you can register for more than one course at Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation. If you intend to apply for the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP), please note that you have to submit an OKP/MSP scholarship application for each course seperately. Additionally, Nuffic rules state that you cannot submit an OKP/MSP application for more than one course that is held on the same dates.

Financial matters

Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation or Wageningen University & Research cannot assist you with obtaining funding to attend our short courses.

However there are several options to fund your participation. 

  • Funded through a scholarhip
  • Funded by participant
  • Funded by organisation or project

Scholarships

Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)

General information about the Orange Knowledge Programme

The Orange Knowledge scholarship help to cover the costs of travel, accommodation, tuition fee and insurance. (Currently, all courses take place online).

The Orange Knowledge Programme is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Nuffic manages the budget and distributes the scholarships.

Please visit the study in holland website for more information on eligiblity criteria and wether your country is on the OKP country list: https://www.studyinholland.nl/finances/orange-knowledge-programme

There are three application deadlines per year. Please visit the website of the short course of your interest to see the application deadlines of the Orange Knowledge Programme.

Please note that all information on the OKP scholarships, including deadlines, is subject to change.

Application procedure OKP

A complete application consist of two parts;

  1. A registration for a short course at Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation
  2. An application for an OKP fellowship through the Nuffic online application system (DELTA).

After we have received your registration for a short course at Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation and if you are eligble, we will send you an admission letter with instructions on how to apply for an OKP fellowship through DELTA. A manual on how to apply for the OKP Fellowship will be sent to you together with the OKP admission letter.

Can Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation assist me with my OKP application?

Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation will only assist you with providing Instructions on how to apply for an OKP scholarship. These instructions will be send to you after after your registration has been completed and your eligibility has been checked by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation.

I am from an OKP country, but work in an non-OKP country. Am I eligible for a OKP fellowship?

No, only when you are a citizen of an OKP country and you are employed in an OKP country as well, you can apply for OKP fellowship. For more information, please visit:

https://www.studyinholland.nl/sites/default/files/2020-06/okp-information-for-applicants.pdf

I work in an OKP country, but life in an non-OKP country. Am I eligible for an OKP fellowship?

The Nuffic rules state that applicants for OKP fellowships should be working and living in an OKP country at the time of application. For details on eligibility, please check this website:

https://www.studyinholland.nl/finances/orange-knowledge-programme#how-to-apply

When can I start my OKP application?

Please visit the individual course website of your interest to find the OKP application deadline.

What is the status of my OKP application?

As soon as there is news about your application you will be contacted by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation.

When will I know whether I am selected for an OKP scholarship?

Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation will inform you on behalf of Nuffic about the outcome of the OKP selection. You will be informed approximately 8 weeks after the closing date for submitting an OKP application.

Why am I not selected for an OKP Scholarship

Each year, there are thousands of scholarship applications for the short courses of Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation. The number of fellowhships available is limited, so only a small percentage of applicants will be selected for an fellowship.

The fellowships are awarded in a very competitive selection to highly motivated professionals with at least three years’ work experience who are in a position to introduce the newly-acquired skills and knowledge into their organisation that employs them.

If you have not been selected fof a fellowship, you will receive an email from Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation with a reason for rejection.

Do I need to have an OKP admission letter for an OKP scholarship application?

In order to apply for an OKP scholarship, you must have an OKP admission letter send to you by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation after you completed your course registration.

MSP Scholarships programme

About the MSP scholarship programme

The MSP Scholarships are proportionally distributed among the participating countries (Lebanon, Jordan, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia or Iran). Ideally, half of the scholarships are allocated to female applicants.

More information about the conditions and eligible criteria can be found here:

https://www.studyinholland.nl/finances/mena-scholarship-programme-msp#about-this-scholarship

What is the correct format for the employer statement?

The current employer statement should always comply with the exact format provided by Nuffic:https://www.studyinholland.nl/sites/default/files/2020-06/fomat-employers-statement-okp-and-msp-programmes.docx
Please note that applications with incorrect employer statements (or not according to the format) cannot be considered by Nuffic.

Self-paying participants

Information for participants with private funding

In case you have secured a sponsorship for participating in our short course (e.g. your employer or other funding organisation) please ask for a written confirmation of your sponsor and send it to training.cdi@wur.nl and mention the short course you wish to register for.

Other questions

Can I bring family members when I participate in the short course?

Should you consider bringing your wife/husband or family, we must strongly advise against it. The course programme is quite intensive and participants are obliged to follow all parts of the programme. Consequently there will be little time left to spend with your relatives. Moreover, the Wageningen University & Research has no facilities to entertain relatives.

What if my course cannot take place due to COVID-19 measures?

In 2021, all short courses take place online. If a short course cannot take place in the original location due to COVID-19 measures, WCDI will look into alternative learning solutions. We will keep participants up-to-date by e-mail of the current situation.

Is your question not answered in the FAQ?

If you have a question to which the answer cannot be found in the list above, feel free to send an e-mail to training.cdi@wur.nl