within organisations in countries including Nigeria by providing
fellowships for training and education for professionals. The NFP is
initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs from
the budget for development cooperation.
- Short courses
- Master’s degree programmes
- PhD studies
An NFP fellowship is intended to supplement the salary that the
- 50% of the budget is for applications from Sub Saharan Africa.
- 50% of fellowships has to be awarded to female applicants.The NFP
aims to help increase both the number and the competencies of skilled
staff at a wide range of government and non-government
organisations.Each embassy has its own focus area to support the
development goals of the Netherlands in each NFP country. The overall
objective is to spend 35% of the budget on grants and study programmes
in food security and private sector development.The fellowships are
further prioritised as follows:
- The fellowship
fellow should continue to receive during the study period. The allowance
is a contribution towards the costs of living, the costs of tuition
fees, visas, travel, insurance and thesis research. If applicable, the
fellowship holder is expected to cover the difference between the actual
costs and the amount of the personal NFP allowances.The fellowships are awarded in a very competitive selection to highly
motivated professionals who are in a position to introduce the
newly-acquired skills and knowledge into their employing organisation.CriteriaYou must meet a number of criteria that support the aim of the NFP to be eligible for a fellowship.To be eligible you:
- must be a national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the NFP country list;
- must have an employer’s statement that complies with the format
EP-Nuffic has provided. All information must be provided and all
commitments that are included in the format must be endorsed in the
- must not be employed by an organisation that has its own means of
staff-development. Organisations that are considered to have their own
means for staff development are for example:
- multinational corporations (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft),
- large national and/or a large commercial organisations,
- bilateral donor organisations (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch
ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid),
- multilateral donor organisations, (e.g. a UN organisation, the World
Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB),
- international NGO’s (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care);
- must have an official and valid passport;
- must not receive more than one fellowship for courses that take place at the same time;
- must have a government statement that meets the requirements of the
country in which the employer is established (if applicable).
How to apply
You need to apply directly with a Dutch higher education institution of your choice, taking into account the following steps:
- Check whether you are in the abovementioned target groups.
- Check whether your employer will nominate you.
- Find a course with our Studyfinder tool.
- Contact the Dutch higher education institution which offers the NFP-qualified course of your choice for application procedures.
For your information: if you can’t find the course you want to take
in Studyfinder, don’t worry. You can apply for the course of your choice
at the Dutch higher education institution. They will decide whether
your selected course is eligible for the Netherlands Fellowship
Visit the official website for more information
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