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The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP)

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The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are designed to promote capacity building within organisations in 61 countries by providing training and education to mid-career staff. The NFP is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation.

To be eligible for an NFP fellowship, candidates need to be admitted to the master’s degree programme or short course for which they would like an NFP fellowship or be admitted as a PhD student.

Obtain academic admission

You first apply for academic admission directly to the Dutch institution. Your admission must be unconditional in terms of your education and language proficiency. Admission may be granted only, subject to you finding suitable funding for the programme.

You are strongly advised to seek academic admission as early as possible to allow the institution to process your application in time. Check the deadlines for academic admission with the Dutch institution directly for up-to-date information.

The academic admission process for a PhD study is an individual track. If you want to be admitted as a PhD student check the requirements and the deadlines with the Dutch institution.

If you have been admitted to more than one course or study programme in one fellowship per application deadline you will have to choose one programme before you apply for a fellowship.

Prepare your application for an NFP fellowship

Your NFP application consists of:

  • a copy of a valid passport or other official identity document;
  • an employer’s statement;
  • a statement from the Government Authority (if applicable);
  • Statements of motivation, responding to the following questions:
    - Why do you wish to pursue this course or programme?
    - How will your employer benefit from the course or programme?
    - How will your country benefit from the course or programme?
    - How will you put your new skills and knowledge to work when you return to your job?

In addition, if you apply for a PhD fellowship:

  • A letter of a co-supervisor in your own country (if applicable);

The application you submit to Nuffic must be complete. After you have submitted your application you cannot make any adjustments or additions anymore.

Download the requirements of the Employer’s Statement (99 kB)

Download the requirements of the Statement of Government Authority (19 kB)

Download the requirements for the letter of the co-supervisor (43 kB)

Submit your application

If you have obtained academic admission and prepared all the necessary documentation you can submit your NFP fellowship application in Scholarships Online (SOL), Nuffic’s online application tool.

You can access SOL using the quick links on the right-hand side of this page.

If you have very limited or no access to the internet it is possible to submit a paper application, which you must send directly to Nuffic by regular mail or by courier.

When you apply for an NFP fellowship you must accept the NFP Rules and Regulations. Please read the booklet carefully before you apply.

Download the Rules and Regulations (187 kB)

Application deadlines

Master’s degree programmes, Short courses, PhD studies: 7 February 2012

Master’s degree programmes, Short courses: 1 May 2012

Short courses, PhD studies: 2 October 2012


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