The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) promote capacity building 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.
The NFP has three sub programmes for individual fellowships:
- Short courses
- Master’s degree programmes
- PhD studies
In addition, there are separate funds for tailor-made training courses and alumni activities.
Aim of the NFP
An NFP fellowship is intended to supplement the salary that the 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:
- 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
- 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 statement;
- 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 tool.
- Contact the Dutch higher education institution which offers the NFP-qualified course of your choice for application procedures.
Visit the official website for more information