scholarship program

Namibia, like many other countries, faces some challenges, including unequal income distribution and high unemployment. In the face of these hurdles, the government, the high educational institutions, the economy, but also civil society and individuals are called upon to implement promising and sustainable initiatives to improve the well-being of everyone. We are tackling this problem at the root and supporting the young generation through access to free education.

In 2018, we launched our OPEN DOORS scholarship. Through the programme, we play an important role in the educational and professional path of motivated students and hope that through the possibility of our scholarship, we can support the scholarship holders in finding a well-paid job and in pursuing the profession they desire.

We are aware that the awarding of scholarships and support for individual young people alone does not change Namibia’s unequal education system. But there is hope that our scholarship holders, who know best about the inequalities in the system, will be the ones who are committed to change the system through their education and the career opportunities that gives them a voice in society. Such a change can only take place from within and cannot be steered from another country.


The aim of the funding is to support the students on their way towards their own and Namibia’s future. Thereby, we hope to accompany them on their path for as long as possible and be able to motivate them into self-organizing a think tank dealing with social and economic problems in Namibia. The primary target group are Freshmen and the minimum duration of funding during the course of study is 1 year (except for initial and further training). Funding is available for all fields of study.

Our requirements for the award of an OPEN DOORS scholarship are:

  • Namibian nationality
  • financial need
  • voluntary, civic engagement
  • Successful graduation of grade 12
  • Excellent performance in school
  • relevant reasons and motivation for the choice of study
  • Authentic impression during a personal conversation

Additional documents that must be attached to the application:

  • Filled online application form
  • letter of motivation
  • curriculum vitae (CV)
  • copy of identity card
  • photo of yourself that is not older than 6 months
  • overview of the costs of the study or training college fees
  • letter of recommendation (preferably one from your latest school and one from your voluntary work)
  • last 3 school reports
  • proof of financial need (confirmation letter from church/municipality or an account statement/sworn declaration of your parents – the more the better)

Apply below for 2022
Deadline: 31st of October 2021 – 23:59

These are our scholarship holders:

Name: Maria (from Swakopmund)
University: Lingua International Training College
Course of study: Account & Finance
Career wish: Bank clerk
Furtherance: since 2018

Name: Simeon (from Ruacana)
University: University of Namibia
Course of study: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Career wish: Project Engineer
Furtherance: since 2021

Name: Tulimeke (from Swakopmund)
University: University of Namibia
Course of study: Bachelor of Arts in Englisch
Career wish: Teacher/Lecturer
Furtherance: since 2019

Name: Kauzemburukua (from Windhoek)
University: University of Namibia
Course of study: Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine
Career wish: Veterinarian
Furtherance: since 2021

Name: Tangi-Sela (from Windhoek)
University: Namibia University of Science & Technology (NUST)
Course of study: Bachelor of Accounting
Career wish: Bank clerk
Furtherance: since 2021

Name: Hendrina (from Ohangwena)
University: Welwitchia Health Training Centre
Course of study: Nursing & Midwifery
Career wish: Nurse & Midwife
Furtherance: since 2021

Name: Maria (from Oranjemund)
University: University of Namibia
Course of study: Bachelor of Nursing Science
Career wish: Nurse
Furtherance: since 2021

Name: Christopher (from Walvis Bay)
University: STADIO
Course of study: Bachelor of Business Administration
Career wish: Disaster Management
Furtherance: since 2021

Name: Feni (from Oranjemund)
University: University of Namibia
Course of study: Bachelor of Pharmacy
Career wish: Pharmacist
Furtherance: since 2021

If you feel that you are the right candidate for our OPEN DOORS scholarship, apply here!
If you have any questions, please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below.

Any questions?
See our FAQ below!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

6 to 8 weeks after the deadline of application.

Freshmen between 17 and 30 years. The remaining study period should be at least one year. However, you can also apply if you don't belong to this group.

If you receive the scholarship, you won’t need to pay it back but depending on your financial situation you will have to cover a part of the costs yourself. The maximum self contribution is 30% of all fees (tuition, registration, hostel, etc.)

We cover tuition fees, registration fees, hostel fees and transport fees.

Yes. You don’t need to be a freshman to apply for the ODS. You can also apply if you are already registered at a higher learning institution for a couple of semesters. However, you will have to give further notification on how you financed the previous year(s) and why you are no longer able to do so.

Yes, you can apply for further studies like a Master following the Bachelor. But: We don't give scholarships for a second course of study. So if you already have a diploma, bachelor or master in one field, you can't apply for a course of study in another field.  Furthermore, if you failed or quit your first studies, you cannot apply for another.

You can apply if you plan to or are currently studying at an institution accredited by the Namibians Qualifications authority as well as NUST and UNAM. See list from NQA.

OPEN DOORS scholarship covers any subjects or programs in Namibia, certified by NQA.

You can already apply and hand in the final results later. We expect you to always update us on any changes concerning your application.

We do not sponsor any debts or fees retroactively.

We do not sponsor studies that are simultaneously funded by another study support institution.

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