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, social commitment
  • grade 12 successfully completed
  • outstanding performance proven by good school grades
  • relevant motivations and reasons for choosing a course of study
  • Overall impression through a personal interview

Additional documents that must be attached to the application:

  • 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, parents, municipality or an account statement of your parents)

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

These are our scholarship holders:

First name: Maggy
University: Lingua International Training College
Degree programme: Account & Finance
Desired field of work: bank clerk
Funded since: 2018

“It was my dream to study accounting and finance. OPEN DOORS scholarship empowered me to learn hard to achieve my goals. I like the personal and trustful contact and can talk about all my daily challenges.”

First name: Tuli
University: University of Namibia (UNAM)
Course of studies: Bachelor of Arts in English
Desired field of work: Teacher or Lecturer
Funded since: 2019

“I wanted to become a teacher or lecturer, but it was not possible to finance it cause I am a daughter of a single mother. Thanks to the scholarship I am proud to call myself student of UNAM.”

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.)

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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