Partial scholarships for academic year 2020-2021 from KIT Scholarship Fund

Thanks to donations this year we are able to offer a few partial scholarships to talented health professionals from low income countries who want to work on improving the health situation in their countries and would like to study the Masters of Public Health or Masters of International Health at KIT. Please read the information below for eligibility, additional funding required and the application instructions.

Application period 20 January – 10 April 2020 (extended deadline)

ATTENTION: Due to the corona situation the application deadline has been prolonged, and as a consequence the rest of the the dates in the application process have changed as well.

It is impossible to know what the coronavirus situation will look like in September. But we do hope that by September 2020 the situation will have improved sufficiently to allow our courses to take place in Amsterdam as planned. See our FAQ page for more information on how KIT is dealing with this situation.

We especially encourage you to apply if you are from a country that is not eligible for a scholarship from the Orange Knowledge Programme (because your country is not eligible, or does not have a priority on health)(see the OKP page for details).

If you are interested to apply read all information below and follow application steps as described in detail below.

Who is eligible?

Candidates must be admitted to either the Master in International Health or Master in Public Health and meet all application requirements of the scholarship. They must hold a passport from an emerging country in South America, Africa or Asia and meet the requirements for obtaining a Dutch visa (MVV residence permit).

Read full Rules and Regulations KIT Scholarship Fund for complete eligibility and details.

A candidate applying for a scholarship from KIT Scholarship must:

  • Be a professional with at least two to three years relevant work experience. For most of KIT’s courses the criteria are as follows: – Minimum of 2 to 3 year of relevant work experience (in low- and middle-income countries) – Minimum Bachelor in medicine, other academic education related to healthcare (nursing, health sciences, social sciences with focus on health care)
  • Preferably have a proven commitment for the public case (for example, work in remote rural areas or for disadvantaged populations).
  • Endorse the objectives and aims of the KIT Scholarship Fund. The aims of the KIT Scholarship Fund cannot be achieved if the fellowship holder does not return to his or her home country.
  • Be a national of, and working and living in a low income country at the time of application.
  • Have been unconditionally admitted to a KIT for the course or program for which the candidate applies for a KIT Scholarship Fund scholarship. This means that the candidate must have met all the academic and administrative requirements set by KIT.
  • Not be employed by: a. a multinational corporation (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft); b. a large national and/or a large commercial organisation; c. a bilateral donor organisation (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid); d. a multilateral donor organisation, (e.g. a UN organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB); e. an international NGO (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care).
  • Work in a field where studying at KIT can make relevant contribution.
  • Be in a position to introduce the newly acquired skills and knowledge.
  • Be available full-time to pursue the course or program without interruption, and be physically and mentally able to participate in the entire program.
  • Have a partial other scholarship or other financial means adding to the partial scholarship from KIT Scholarship to be able to cover all costs.
  • We encourage especially applicants from countries that are not eligible for the Orange Knowledge Scholarship, or from countries that are on the list for the Orange Knowledge Programme but have no priority on health, to apply. (see the OKP page for details).

Amount of the partial scholarship

The scholarship is worth €17,700 and is intended as a contribution to the tuition fees of the Master’s programme at KIT for a maximum period of 12 months from September 2020-September 2021. All remaining other costs are the responsibility of the scholarship holder. The scholarship starts and ends on the dates indicated in the award letter and covers in principle one academic year.

Application procedure for partial scholarship

  • Only accepted applicants for the Master in International Health or Master in Public Health can apply for this scholarship.
  • Only applicants with a proven source of co-funding can apply for this scholarship. The selection of candidates will be made from applicants with proven funding to cover all costs involved for their studies (applicants should be able to cover the remaining costs of approx. 17.500 Euro. For exact costs applicants should read the financial statement that they received with their conditional letter of admission).
  • Make sure you fulfill all requirements before starting the application procedure. If you do not fulfill the requirements your application will unfortunately not be considered.

Procedure

Step 1

If you have not yet obtained academic admission to the masters programme of your choice please make sure to apply as soon as possible for admission in our online application system via the webpage of the masters programme. (Please note that this scholarship is only available for the full-time programme for the Master of Public Health or Master of International Health)

Step 2

After you have been admitted to the masters programme, upload the following documents in your existing file to the KIT online application system:

  1. A motivation letter: Why you are applying to KIT Scholarship Fund and how you plan to use the skills acquired to the advantage of the public case. (Upload your letter in your file in KIT online application system with clear title: ‘Your name, Motivation KIT Scholarship Fund application 2020’)
  2. Write a 500-700 word essay describing a public health problem you have experienced in the last two years that you would like to discuss or address in the course. Explain how this problem has consequences for the community and the health system. (Upload your essay in your file in online application system with clear title: ‘Your name, Essay KIT Scholarship Fund application 2020’
  3. Proof of financing for the remaining part of the funding (approximately 17,500 Euro. Check the financial statement you received with your admission letter for the exact sum). This proof of financing can be bank statements, a letter of financial support by another scholarship provider, employer or other source of financing. If the proof of financing is using an other currency, make sure to add a correct conversion to Euro with the conversion date. (Upload your files with clear title ‘Your name, Proof of Funding KIT Scholarship Fund application 2020).

    IMPORTANT: If you are selected for the KIT Scholarship Fund you will be asked to transfer the remaining sum not covered by the allocated scholarship to KIT before 5 May 2020. Please take this into account when you apply. The reason for this is that NL immigration services have strict rules w.r.t. proven financing of students. And timing is short to arrange for visum, accommodation and other practical matters.
  4. Please note that your application will NOT be processed if these documents are not part of your application file and if the previous steps were not followed. Upload your documents in the online application system before 10 April 2020 (extended deadline).

Step 3

After you have followed the previous actions from step 2: Please fill in the separate registration form below for the application to the partial scholarship from KIT Scholarship Fund before 10 April 2020 (extended deadline).

(ONLY fill in the form after you followed all actions from step 2. The reason we emphasise this that we see a lot of incomplete applications in the system with no proof of funding or other documents. These will not be reviewed much to our regret, and we are unable to mail all individual applicants).

Complete applications will be reviewed any may be contacted for a telephone interview. The final selection is expected end of April, beginning of May.

IMPORTANT: If you are selected for the KIT Scholarship Fund you will be asked to transfer the remaining sum not covered by the allocated scholarship to KIT before 5 May 2020 (extended date). Please take this into account when you apply. The reason for this is that NL immigration services have strict rules w.r.t. proven financing of students. And timing is short to arrange for visum, accommodation and other practical matters.

IMPORTANT: Please note that no correspondence (or other communication by phone) is possible about this opportunity and your application. If you follow the above application period exactly as indicated you will automatically be informed of the status of your application. Thank you for your understanding.