Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) Master and Short Courses

Leiden UniversityFor mid-career professionals from one of the 50 selected countries, following NFP approved short courses or Master’s Programmes

For Whom:

  • Applicants are mid-career professionals with at least three years work experience.
  • Applicants are nationals of one of the following countries.
  • Applicants have been UN conditionally admitted to courses and programmes recognised by the NFP (short course or master’s programme).
  • Applicants are nominated by their employers. Applications without a support letter from an employer will not be considered.

Scholarship Period: Minimum 2 weeks for a short course, maximum 2 years for a Master’s programme

General Requirements: See the NFP website for the requirements

Application Fee: If you are applying for an NFP scholarship for a short course or a master’s programme you are not required to pay the €100 application fee. However, we must receive evidence that you are intending to apply for the NFP scholarship, in the form of a letter from your employer, endorsing your study plans and guaranteeing that while you are absent your salary will continue to be paid and your job will be held. This is the same letter that you will require for your actual NFP application

Application Procedure and Deadlines:

Short Course: Please check the Study Abroad website for more information on the admission process and deadlines for short courses, study abroad programmes and summer schools

Master’s Programme: Please first check our master’s programmes for more information on application procedures and studying in Leiden.

Step Procedure
1 Fill in your online application for admission to Leiden University
2 Upload all necessary documents
3 Indicate clearly that you would like to apply for the NFP scholarship on the scholarship page

Please make sure that you select NFP Master from the drop down menu in the category “Name”.

4 Upload the support letter from your employer
5 Submit your online application

Deadlines:

NFP-sub Programme Deadline: application to Leiden University Deadline: application to Nuffic (via SOL*) Outcome SOL*
Academic year 2013-2014
Start programme:  January 2014
Master & Study Abroad Programme  7 February 2013  7 May 2013  September 2013
 Short Course  7 April 2013  7 May 2013  September 2013
Start programme:  Mid May 2014
Short Course  1 September 2013  1 October 2013 (15.00 hrs CET)  January 2014
 Academic Year 2014-2015
Start programme: as of September 2014
Master & Study Abroad programme  1 December 2013  4 February 2014  6 May 2014
 Short Course  28 January 2014  4 February 2014  6 May 2014
Start Programme: as of January 2015
 Short Course  29 April 2014 6 May 2014  5 August 2014
 Master  6 Februari 2014  6 May 2014 5 August 2014
Start programme: as of March 2015
 Short Course  30 September 2014  7 October 2014  January 2015

* SOL= Scholarship Online, the Nuffic’s online application tool

Important Notes:

  • Please ensure that you have submitted a complete application by the relevant deadline mentioned in the table above.
  • If you apply to Leiden University after our application deadline you may still indicate that you are applying for an NFP Scholarship. However Leiden University cannot guarantee that your file will be reviewed in time to meet the deadline for application via SOL (the Nuffic’s online scholarship application tool).
  • If you get admitted to Leiden University please be aware that Leiden University issues conditional admissions at all times. An unconditional admissions letter can only be issued after receipt of original academic documentation (such as certified copies of your diploma and transcripts). This documentation needs to be sent by post. Instructions will be included in the conditional admissions letter.

Netherlands Master’s Fellowship Program for Developing Countries 2014

Netherlands Fellowship ProgrammesDescription: The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are demand-driven fellowship programmes designed to promote capacity building within organizations in 61 developing countries by providing training and education to their mid-career staff members. The NFP is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the development cooperation budget.

The scholarships allow candidates to receive a postgraduate education and to earn a Dutch Master of Arts degree, a Master of Science Degree, or a Professional Master’s degree.

Host Institution(s): Dutch Universities and Academic Institutions.

Field(s) of Study: View NFP course list for 2014-2015 for Master’s degree Programmes, February 2014 deadline(141.4 KB) and 2014-2015 for master’s degree programmes, May 2014 deadline(38.5 KB)

Target Group: The NFP target group consists of professionals who are nationals of and work and live in an NFP country. The chances of obtaining an NFP fellowship increase if you live and work in Sub-Saharan Africa and/or if you are a woman.

Scholarship Value/Inclusions: The fellowship compensates for three main categories of costs: a) study-related fees b) travel and c) subsistence. Costs in the categories a) and b) are entirely covered by the fellowship, whereas the amount provided in category c) is a contribution towards the actual costs. If applicable, the fellowship holder is expected to cover the difference between the actual costs and the NFP subsistence allowance.

Eligibility: A candidate applying for an NFP fellowship for a master’s degree programme must:
• be a mid-career professional with at least three years’ relevant work experience;
• be a national of, and working and living in one of the developing countries on the NFP country list valid at the time of application (see annex 4);
• be nominated by his or her employer, who pledges to continue paying the candidate’s salary and guarantees the candidate will be able to return to the same or an equivalent position at the end of the fellowship period;
• have been unconditionally admitted by a Dutch institution to one of the master’s degree programmes on the course list 2014-2015. This means that the candidate must have met all the requirements set by the Dutch institution (see 2.2);
• not already have received an NFP master’s degree fellowship;
• not be employed by:
• a multinational corporation (for instance Shell, Unilever etc.) or
• a large national and/-or commercial organisation or
• a bilateral donor organisation (for instance USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid etc.) or
• multilateral donor organisation, (for instance a UN organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB, etc.) or
• international NGO’s (for instance Oxfam, Plan, Care, etc.)
• have completed and submitted an NFP master’s degree programme fellowship application including all the required documentation before the applicable NFP fellowship application deadline;
• be employed in an area to which the study will make a relevant contribution;
• have a clear-cut, functional relationship with a relevant organisation and be in a position to introduce the newly acquired skills and knowledge into that organisation;
• be available for the entire period of the programme and be physically and mentally able to take part in the entire programme;
• endorse the objective and the aim of the NFP. The aim of the NFP cannot be reached if the fellowship holder does not return to his or her own country. Nuffic would like to urge fellowship holders to return to their home country upon finishing the course or programme to meet the NFP aim in the most effective way.
• not have accepted an NFP master’s degree programme fellowship in the past.

Application Instructions: To be eligible for an NFP fellowship, candidates need to be admitted to the master’s degree programme for which they would like an NFP fellowship. Thus, candidates must first apply for admission directly to the Dutch institution that offers the master’s degree programme of their choice. Candidates are strongly advised to start the application procedure for admission as early as possible.

Applications have to be submitted through Scholarships Online (SOL) before the deadline. For 2014-2014, the deadline for fellowship applications is 4 February and 6 May 2014 depending on the course.

It is important to read the NFP Rules and Regulations 2014-2015 and visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Official Scholarship Website: http://www.studyinholland.nl/scholarships/scholarships-administered-by-nuffic/netherlands-fellowship-programmes

Netherlands Master’s Fellowship Program for Developing Countries

Netherlands Master's Fellowship Program Deadline: 4Feb/6May 2014(annual)
Study in: Netherlads
Course Starts September 2014

Description: The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are demand-driven fellowship programmes designed to promote capacity building within organizations in 61 developing countries by providing training and education to their mid-career staff members. The NFP is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the development cooperation budget.

The scholarships allow candidates to receive a postgraduate education and to earn a Dutch Master of Arts degree, a Master of Science degree, or a Professional Master’s degree.

Host Institution(s): Dutch Universities and Academic Institutions.

Field(s) of Study: View NFP course list for 2014-2015 for master,s degree programmes, February 2014 deadline(141.4 KB) and 2014-2015 for master’s degree programmes, May 2014 deadline(38.5 KB)

Target Group: The NFP target group consists of professionals who are nationals of and work and live in an NFP country. The chances of obtaining an NFP fellowship increase if you live and work in Sub-Saharan Africa and/or if you are a woman.

Scholarship Value/Inclusions: The fellowship compensates for three main categories of costs: a) study-related fees b) travel and c) subsistence. Costs in the categories a) and b) are entirely covered by the fellowship, whereas the amount provided in category c) is a contribution towards the actual costs. If applicable, the fellowship holder is expected to cover the difference between the actual costs and the NFP subsistence allowance.

Eligibility: A candidate applying for an NFP fellowship for a master’s degree programme must:
• be a mid-career professional with at least three years’ relevant work experience;
• be a national of, and working and living in one of the developing countries on the NFP country list valid at the time of application (see annex 4);
• be nominated by his or her employer, who pledges to continue paying the candidate’s salary and guarantees the candidate will be able to return to the same or an equivalent position at the end of the fellowship period;
• have been unconditionally admitted by a Dutch institution to one of the master’s degree programmes on the course list 2014-2015. This means that the candidate must have met all the requirements set by the Dutch institution (see 2.2);
• not already have received an NFP master’s degree fellowship;
• not be employed by:
• a multinational corporation (for instance Shell, Unilever etc.) or
• a large national and/-or commercial organisation or
• a bilateral donor organisation (for instance USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid etc.) or
• multilateral donor organisation, (for instance a UN organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB, etc.) or
• international NGO’s (for instance Oxfam, Plan, Care, etc.)
• have completed and submitted an NFP Master’s degree programme fellowship application including all the required documentation before the applicable NFP fellowship application deadline;
• be employed in an area to which the study will make a relevant contribution;
• have a clear-cut, functional relationship with a relevant organisation and be in a position to introduce the newly acquired skills and knowledge into that organisation;
• be available for the entire period of the programme and be physically and mentally able to take part in the entire programme;
• endorse the objective and the aim of the NFP. The aim of the NFP cannot be reached if the fellowship holder does not return to his or her own country. Nuffic would like to urge fellowship holders to return to their home country upon finishing the course or programme to meet the NFP aim in the most effective way.
• not have accepted an NFP master’s degree programme fellowship in the past.

Application Instructions: To be eligible for an NFP fellowship, candidates need to be admitted to the master’s degree programme for which they would like an NFP fellowship. Thus, candidates must first apply for admission directly to the Dutch institution that offers the master’s degree programme of their choice. Candidates are strongly advised to start the application procedure for admission as early as possible.
Applications have to be submitted through Scholarships Online (SOL) before the deadline. For 2014-2014, the deadline for fellowship applications is 4 February and 6 May 2014 depending on the course.
It is important to read the NFP Rules and Regulations 2014-2015 and visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Official Scholarship Website: http://www.studyinholland.nl/scholarships/scholarships-administered-by-nuffic/netherlands-fellowship-programmes

Netherlands: MENA Scholarship Programme

MENA Scholarship ProgrammeThe MSP Scholarships are distributed proportionally among the ten participating countries (Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Syria and Tunisia). Ideally, half of the Scholarships are allocated to female applicants.

Applications for the MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) should be submitted to the Netherlands Embassy in your own country before the scholarship application deadline. This page explains how you can apply for a scholarship and how the selection procedure works.

You must complete and sign the MSP Scholarship application form 2014. You can obtain this form from the Netherlands Embassy in your country or download it below.

The application form should be accompanied by the following necessary documents

  • Evidence of proficiency in speaking and writing the language of instruction;
  • An employer’s statement (download the requirements below);
  • A complete copy of your passport or other official identity document;
  • Certified copies of educational records in English or French (provide translations if necessary);
  • A detailed curriculum vitae (CV) in English;
  • One current photo;
  • A copy of your birth certificate (if requested by the Embassy).

Find the contact details of the embassy in your country.

Rules & Regulations: The MSP is governed by the Rules & Regulations of the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP), although there are some exceptions for certain procedures (securing placement, selection of candidates). When you apply for an MSP scholarship you agree to abide by these Rules and Regulations.

The new version of the NFP Rules and Regulations will be available here from 1 December 2013.

Selection Procedure: The number of applications for an MSP Scholarship always exceeds the number of available scholarships. The following selection procedure applies:

  1. The embassies assess your application against the eligibility criteria, give specific recommendations and may prioritise applications.
  2. The embassies forward the complete and eligible applications to Nuffic.
  3. Nuffic forwards the applications to the Dutch institution that provides the course to request academic admission for the candidates.
  4. The Dutch institutions assess the applications and decide whether the applicants’ educational background and professional experience meet the specific requirements of the course. The institutions decide who is admitted to a course. Only candidates admitted to a course will be eligible for an MSP scholarship.
  5. These assessments will lead to a selection. The final selection becomes available about two months after the scholarship application deadline.
  6. Nuffic informs the Dutch institutions and the embassies about the outcome of the selection.

Please note that you cannot make any changes or additions to the scholarship application after the embassy has sent your application to Nuffic. Applications that are not complete when submitted will be cancelled and will therefore not be taken in to consideration.

After the Selection: The Dutch institutions inform the selected candidates about the outcome of the selection by email. Nuffic informs candidates who are not eligible or who have not been selected for a scholarship by email.

In cooperation with the Netherlands Embassy, the institutions make all further arrangements directly with the selected candidates. Upon arrival in the Netherlands, the Dutch institutions pay the scholarship holder an allowance for the duration of the short course. They also administer the individual scholarships, make logistical arrangements, and give guidance to the scholarship holders.

Some Dutch institutions and/or Netherlands Embassies of the countries participating in the MSP organise pre-departure meetings for candidates. If so, you will receive an invitation from the embassy.

Application Deadline: 4 February 2014

Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) Scholarships for Developing Countries

Dutch Ministry of Foreign AffairsCourses: Any Approved Field
Level: Short Courses, Masters, PhD, Fellowships
Provider: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
For Which Country: Netherlands

Scholarship Description: The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP), funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation, are designed to promote capacity building within organizations in 62 countries by providing training and education through fellowships to professionals.

The overall aim of the NFP is to help alleviate qualitative and quantitative shortages of skilled manpower within a wide range of governmental, private and non-governmental organizations. This is done by offering fellowships to mid-career professionals to improve the capacity of their employing organizations.

Important Notice: As of 1 July 2013 a new phase of the NFP (NFP II) will start. This new phase leads to policy changes which will have an impact on procedures and criteria. An important change is a reduced country list which will be effective as of the fellowship application deadline of 1 October 2013.

Eligibility: You must meet a number of criteria that support the aim of the NFP to be eligible for a fellowship.

You Must:

  • be a professional with at least three years’ relevant work experience;
  • be a national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the NFP country list (please see below) valid at the time of application;
  • be nominated by your employer, who pledges to continue paying your salary and guarantees that you will be able to return to the same or an equivalent position at the end of your fellowship period;
  • have been unconditionally admitted by a Dutch institution to one of the Master’s degree programmes or Short courses on the course list, or have agreed upon a PhD Research proposal with the Dutch institution. This means that you must have met all the academic requirements set by the Dutch institution;
  • not be employed by:
    - a multinational corporation (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft);
    - a large national and/or a large commercial organisation;
    - a bilateral donor organisation (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid);
    - a multilateral donor organisation, (e.g. a UN organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB);
    - an international NGO (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care).
  • have completed and submitted an NFP PhD study, master’s degree programme or short course fellowship application, including all the required documentation, before the applicable fellowship application deadline;
  • be employed in a subject area to which the study will make a relevant contribution;
  • have a clear-cut, work relationship with a relevant organisation and be in a position to introduce the newly acquired skills and knowledge into that organisation;
  • be available full-time for the entire period of the programme or course and be physically and mentally able to take part in the entire programme;
  • endorse the objective and the aim of the NFP and use your new knowledge and skills to support your employing organisation and your country. Nuffic urges you to return to your home country upon finishing the course or programme to meet the NFP aim in the most effective way.

Scholarship Criteria: Priority will be given to candidates who:

  • live and work in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • are a woman;
  • belong to a priority groups and/or are from a marginalised region as defined by the Dutch embassy in your country. You can find these priorities on the embassy’s website.

Eligible Groups: The NFP target group consists of professionals who are nationals of and work and live in an NFP country. The chances of obtaining an NFP fellowship increase if you live and work in Sub-Saharan Africa and/or if you are a woman.

Africa: Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, Guinea-Bissau, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya, Cape Verde, Uganda, Mali, Zambia, DR Congo, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Egypt, Namibia

Other Developing Countries: Afghanistan, Eritrea, Nicaragua, Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Pakistan, Autonomous Palestinian Territories, Peru, Bangladesh, Guatemala, Philippines, Bhutan, Honduras, Bolivia, India, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Iran, Suriname, Jordan, Cambodia, Thailand, Kosovo, Colombia, Macedonia, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Yemen, Cuba, Moldova, Mongolia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nepal

Field(s) of Study: The NFP offers three sub-programmes to choose from:

  • Master’s degree programmes
  • Short courses
  • PhD studies

Scholarship Duration: For the whole duration of the course

Scholarship Benefits: The fellowship is a supplement to the candidate’s salary and a contribution towards the expenses related to the course or study programme.

Method of Application: To apply, please see the How-to-Apply page for complete application details.

DEADLINE: The February 2013 deadline for PhD, Master’s Degree Programmes and Short Course applications will close on 5 February 2013, 15.00 CET.

Each programme or course has a specific academic application deadline, set by the institution. These deadlines may change during the year. Before you apply always check the website of the institution to find out which academic application deadline applies for the course or study programme you are interested in.

A course or programme can be listed under:

Fellowship Application Deadline SOL Open for Applications Sub-Programmes
5 Feb 2013 (15.00 hrs CET) 30 Nov 2012 00.01 hrs CET Master’s, Short courses and PhD
7 May 2013 (15.00 hrs CET) 1 March 2013 Master’s and Short courses
1 Oct 2013 (15.00 hrs CET) 1 Aug 2013 Short courses and PhD

Please Note: Do not wait until last minute to submit your application. When many applicants log into SOL at the same time, chances are the system will become overloaded and you may miss the deadline. Please note that questions received close to the deadline may have a longer response time than the usual three working days.

Application Deadline: 5 February / 7 May / 1 October 2013 
Open to International Students: Yes

Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP)–Masters, PhD and Short Courses for Developing Countries 2013-2014

Netherlands Fellowship ProgrammesDescription: 2013/2014 Fellowship programme in Netherlands for Masters, PhD and Short Courses applicants from Developing Countries

Accepted Subject Areas: The NFP offers you three sub-programmes to choose from:

  • Master’s degree programmes
  • Short courses
  • PhD studies

What is this Scholarship About: The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP), funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation, are designed to promote capacity building within organizations in 50 (previously 62) countries by providing training and education to mid-career staff.

The overall aim of the NFP is to help alleviate qualitative and quantitative shortages of skilled manpower within a wide range of governmental, private and non-governmental organizations. This is done by offering fellowships to mid-career professionals to improve the capacity of their employing organizations.

Scholarship Offered Since: Not Specified

Selection Criteria: Priority will be given to candidates who:

  • live and work  in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • are a woman;
  • belong to a priority groups and/or are from a marginalised region as defined by the Dutch embassy in your country. You can find these priorities on the embassy’s website.

Eligibility: To be eligible for an NFP fellowship you must:

  • be a mid-career professional with at least three years’ relevant work experience;
  • be a national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the NFP country list (see below) valid at the time of application;
  • be nominated by your employer, who pledges to continue paying your salary and guarantees that you will be able to return to the same or an equivalent position at the end of your fellowship period;
  • have been unconditionally admitted by a Dutch institution to one of the Master’s degree programmes or Short courses on the 2013-2014 course list, or have agreed upon a PhD research proposal with the Dutch institution.
  • not already have received an NFP fellowship for a Master’s Degree Programme or a PhD fellowship.
  • not be employed by:
    - a multinational corporation
    - a large national and/or commercial organisation
    - a bilateral donor organisation
    - a multilateral donor organisation
    - an international NGO.
  • have completed and submitted an NFP PhD study, master’s degree programme or short course application, including all the required documentation, before the applicable fellowship application deadline;
  • be employed in an area to which the study will make a relevant contribution;
  • be full-time available for the entire period of the programme or course and be physically and mentally able to take part in the entire programme;

Number of Scholarships: Several

Value of Scholarship: The fellowship is a supplement to the candidate’s salary and a contribution towards the expenses related to the course or study programme.

How Long will Sponsorship Last: Duration of Course

Which African Countries is Eligible: Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, Guinea-Bissau, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya, Cape Verde, Uganda, Mali, Zambia, DR Congo, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Egypt, Namibia

Other Developing Countries Outside Africa: Afghanistan, Eritrea, Nicaragua, Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Pakistan, Autonomous Palestinian Territories, Peru, Bangladesh, Guatemala, Philippines, Bhutan, Honduras, Bolivia, India, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Iran, Suriname, Jordan, Cambodia, Thailand, Kosovo, Colombia, Macedonia, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Yemen, Cuba, Moldova, Mongolia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nepal

To be Taken at: Netherlands

Application Deadline: 1 April (passed) and 1 October 2013

Offered Annually: Yes

How to Apply: Visit this link for details on how to apply for NFP

Sponsors: The NFP is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation.

Important Notes: 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);

2014-2015 Netherlands Fellowship Programme for Developing Countries

2014-2015 Netherlands Fellowship Programme for Developing CountriesThe Netherlands Fellowships Programme, NFP, calls for master’s, PhD, and short course applications from suitable qualified candidates into its NFP fellowship programmes for the 2014/2015 academic year. Applicants must be nominated by their employer to be eligible for the fellowship. There also has to be a clear need for training within the context of your organization.

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) promote capacity building within organisations in 62 countries by providing training and education through fellowships for professionals. The NFP is initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation. The overall aim of the NFP is to help increase both the number and the competencies of skilled staff at a wide range of governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Worth of Awards: They pay your fellowship to the Dutch institution, as described in the Rules and Regulations. The institution will manage your fellowship and make payments/stipends to you for the duration of your fellowship.

Eligibility

  • The NFP target group consists of professionals who are nationals of and work and live in an NFP country.
  • NFP fellowships are awarded in a very competitive selection to highly motivated professionals with at least three years work experience. You can only become a candidate if you are nominated by your employer. After completing your training as an NFP fellow, you return to your original workplace to ensure the training is embedded within your employing organisation.
  • Your chances of obtaining an NFP scholarship go up if you:
  • live and work in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • are a woman;
  • belong to a priority groups and/or are from a marginalised region as defined by the Dutch embassy in your country.

You must:

  • be a professional with at least three years’ relevant work experience;
  • be a national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the NFP country list valid at the time of application;
  • be nominated by your employer, who pledges to continue paying your salary and guarantees that you will be able to return to the same or an equivalent position at the end of your fellowship period;
  • have been unconditionally admitted by a Dutch institution to one of the Master’s Degree Programmes or Short courses on the course list, or have agreed upon a PhD Research proposal with the Dutch institution. This means that you must have met all the academic requirements set by the Dutch institution;
  • not be employed by:
    - a multinational corporation (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft);
    - a large national and/or a large commercial organisation;
    - a bilateral donor organisation (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid);
    - a multilateral donor organisation, (e.g. a UN organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB);
    - an international NGO (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care).
  • have completed and submitted an NFP PhD study, master’s degree programme or short course fellowship application, including all the required documentation, before the applicable fellowship application deadline;
  • be employed in a subject area to which the study will make a relevant contribution;
  • have a clear-cut, work relationship with a relevant organisation and be in a position to introduce the newly acquired skills and knowledge into that organisation;
  • be available full-time for the entire period of the programme or course and be physically and mentally able to take part in the entire programme;
  • endorse the objective and the aim of the NFP and use your new knowledge and skills to support your employing organisation and your country. Nuffic urges you to return to your home country upon finishing the course or programme to meet the NFP aim in the most effective way.

Additional Criteria Per Type of Application

If you apply for an NFP PhD fellowship, you must:

  • not have accepted an NFP PhD fellowship in the past;
  • pursue the PhD study following a ‘sandwich’ or ‘picnic’ model, which means that at least a quarter of the PhD study must take place in the candidate’s home country and/or region. A quarter of the PhD study is calculated from the start date of the PhD-study (research) until the end of the NFP-PhD fellowship.

If you apply for an NFP short courses fellowship, you must:

  • not have accepted more than one NFP short course fellowship in the past;
  • not have accepted an NFP short course fellowship in the year prior to the fellowship application.

If you apply for an NFP master’s degree programme (NFP-MA) fellowship, you must not have accepted an NFP master’s degree programme fellowship in the past.

How to Apply: Before applying for an NFP fellowship, it is important to realise and consider that:

  • Applying for an NFP fellowship often takes time and effort and costs money, but might not lead to an NFP fellowship as Nuffic receives thousands of applications each year.
  • Applying for a fellowship numerous times does not increase your chances of receiving a fellowship.

Before you start your NFP fellowship application you must do the following:

  • Read all information available on the NFP webpages.
  • Prepare and/or collect all the necessary application documents.

To be eligible for an NFP fellowship, you must be admitted to the master’s degree programme, short course or PhD study, for which you would like to use the fellowship.

NOTE

  • You have to obtain academic admission
  • You must apply for academic admission directly at the Dutch institution. Your admission must be unconditional in terms of your education and language proficiency. Conditional 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. Ask the Dutch institution what their deadline for academic admission is.
  • The academic admission process for a PhD study is an individual track. Ask the Dutch institution what the requirements and deadlines are.
  • You are only allowed to apply for one NFP fellowship per deadline.
  • Prepare your application for an NFP fellowship
  • If you are certain that you are eligible for an NFP fellowship and you have collected all the necessary information and documentation, you can start applying.

Deadline

  • Master’s, and  Short courses  deadline is  May 7, 2013 (15.00 hrs CET)
  • Short courses and PhD  deadline: October 1, 2013 (15.00 hrs CET)

Netherlands Fellowship Program for Master’s, PhD, and Short Courses 2013

Netherlands Fellowship Program for Master’s, PhD, and Short Courses 2013Deadline: 5 Feb/7 May/1 Oct 2013
Study in:  Netherlands
Course starts September 2013

Description: The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are demand-driven fellowship programmes designed to promote capacity building within organizations in 61 developing countries by providing training and education to their mid-career staff members. The NFP is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the development cooperation budget.

The scholarships allow candidates to pursue  Master Studies, PhD Studies, or short courses at Dutch Universities or academic institutions.

Host Institution(s): Dutch Universities and academic institutions.

Field(s) of Study: The scholarship covers many fields of study including: Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries; Architecture and Town Planning,  Arts and Humanities; Business Administration and Management; Education; Engineering; Environmental Science; Fine and Applied Arts; Law; Mass Communication and Information Science; Mathematics and Computer Science; Medical and Health Science; Natural Science; Tourism and Leisure; Social and Behavioral Science; and Transport and Communications.

For 2013/2014, see the:  NFP course list for Master’s degree Programmes, NFP course for Short courses, and list of Dutch institutions eligible for PhD studies.

Target group: Students from NFP country list in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe:

Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Autonomous Palestinian Territories, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, DR Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia,  Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Macedonia, Mali, Moldova, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippine, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka,  Sudan, South Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania,  Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam,  Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Half of the available fellowships should be awarded to female candidates and the other half should be spent on candidates from sub-Saharan Africa. Apart from this, priority is given to candidates from priority groups and/or from marginalized regions to be defined by the embassies.

Scholarship value/inclusions: An NFP fellowship is intended to supplement the salary that the fellowship holder should continue to receive (at least partially) during the study period. The allowance is considered to be a contribution towards the cost of living for one person, whether in the Netherlands or in another country. The fellowship also covers the costs of tuition fees, visas, travel costs, insurance and thesis research.

Eligibility: You must meet a number of criteria that support the aim of the NFP to be eligible for a fellowship.  You must:

    • • be a professional with at least three years’ relevant work experience;
    • • be a national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the NFP country list valid at the time of application;
    • • be nominated by your employer, who pledges to continue paying your salary and guarantees that you will be able to return to the same or an equivalent position at the end of your fellowship period;
    • • have been unconditionally admitted by a Dutch institution to one of the Master’s degree programmes or Short courses on the course list, or have agreed upon a PhD research proposal with the Dutch institution. This means that you must have met all the academic requirements set by the Dutch institution;
    • • not be employed by:
      • - a multinational corporation (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft);
      • - a large national and/or a large commercial organisation;
      • - a bilateral donor organisation (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid);
      • - a multilateral donor organisation, (e.g. a UN organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB);
      • - an international NGO (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care).
    • • have completed and submitted an NFP PhD study, master’s degree programme or short course fellowship application, including all the required documentation, before the applicable fellowship application deadline;
    • • be employed in a subject area to which the study will make a relevant contribution;
    • • have a clear-cut, work relationship with a relevant organisation and be in a position to introduce the newly acquired skills and knowledge into that organisation;
    • • be available full-time for the entire period of the programme or course and be physically and mentally able to take part in the entire programme;
    • • endorse the objective and the aim of the NFP and use your new knowledge and skills to support your employing organisation and your country. Nuffic urges you to return to your home country upon finishing the course or programme to meet the NFP aim in the most effective way.

If you apply for an NFP PhD fellowship, you must:

    • • not have accepted an NFP PhD fellowship in the past;
    • • pursue the PhD study following a ‘sandwich’ or ‘picnic’ model, which means that at least a quarter of the PhD study must take place in the candidate’s home country and/or region. A quarter of the PhD study is calculated from the start date of the PhD-study (research) until the end of the NFP-PhD fellowship.

If you apply for an NFP short courses fellowship, you must:

    • •  not have accepted more than one NFP short course fellowship in the past;
    • •  not have accepted an NFP short course fellowship in the year prior to the fellowship application.

If you apply for an NFP master’s degree programme (NFP-MA) fellowship, you must not have accepted an NFP Master’s Degree Programme fellowship in the past.

Application instructions: As stated above, to be eligible for an NFP fellowship, candidates need to be admitted to the master’s degree programme for which they would like an NFP fellowship.  Thus to be eligible for an NFP fellowship, you must be admitted to the master’s degree programme, short course or PhD study, for which you would like to use the fellowship.

For 2013-2014, the first deadline for fellowship applications is 5 February 2013 depending on the course.  The deadline for academic applications is earlier, about 1-2 months earlier than the fellowship applications deadline. Therefore, candidates are strongly advised to start the application procedure for admission as early as possible.  The next deadlines are 7 May and 1 October 2013.

Fellowship applications then have to be submitted through Scholarships Online (SOL). Through SOL, candidates can apply for fellowships online and they can check the status of an application. Other parties such as the Dutch institutions, the embassies and consulates will use SOL to assess NFP fellowship applications.

It is important to read the NFP  Rules and Regulations 2013-2014 and visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Contact Information: For more information, please contact the Netherlands Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

Official Scholarship Website: http://www.studyinholland.nl/scholarships/scholarships-administered-by-nuffic/netherlands-fellowship-programmes

2013-2014 Netherlands Fellowship Programme for Developing Countries

2013-2014 Netherlands Fellowship Programme for Developing CountriesThe Netherlands Fellowships Programme, NFP, calls for master’s, PhD, and short course applications from suitable qualified candidates into its NFP fellowship programmes for the 2013/2014 academic year. Applicants must be nominated by their employer to be eligible for the fellowship. There also has to be a clear need for training within the context of your organization.

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) promote capacity building within organisations in 62 countries by providing training and education through fellowships for professionals. The NFP is initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation. The overall aim of the NFP is to help increase both the number and the competencies of skilled staff at a wide range of governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Worth of Awards: They pay your fellowship to the Dutch institution, as described in the Rules and Regulations. The institution will manage your fellowship and make payments/stipends to you for the duration of your fellowship.

Eligibility

  • The NFP target group consists of professionals who are nationals of and work and live in an NFP country.
  • NFP fellowships are awarded in a very competitive selection to highly motivated professionals with at least three years work experience. You can only become a candidate if you are nominated by your employer. After completing your training as an NFP fellow, you return to your original workplace to ensure the training is embedded within your employing organisation.
  • Your chances of obtaining an NFP scholarship go up if you:
  • live and work in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • are a woman;
  • belong to a priority groups and/or are from a marginalised region as defined by the Dutch embassy in your country.

You must:

  • be a professional with at least three years’ relevant work experience;
  • be a national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the NFP country list valid at the time of application;
  • be nominated by your employer, who pledges to continue paying your salary and guarantees that you will be able to return to the same or an equivalent position at the end of your fellowship period;
  • have been unconditionally admitted by a Dutch institution to one of the Master’s degree programmes or Short courses on the course list, or have agreed upon a PhD Research proposal with the Dutch institution. This means that you must have met all the academic requirements set by the Dutch institution;
  • not be employed by:
    - a multinational corporation (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft);
    - a large national and/or a large commercial organisation;
    - a bilateral donor organisation (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid);
    - a multilateral donor organisation, (e.g. a UN organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB);
    - an international NGO (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care).
  • have completed and submitted an NFP PhD study, master’s degree programme or short course fellowship application, including all the required documentation, before the applicable fellowship application deadline;
  • be employed in a subject area to which the study will make a relevant contribution;
  • have a clear-cut, work relationship with a relevant organisation and be in a position to introduce the newly acquired skills and knowledge into that organisation;
  • be available full-time for the entire period of the programme or course and be physically and mentally able to take part in the entire programme;
  • endorse the objective and the aim of the NFP and use your new knowledge and skills to support your employing organisation and your country. Nuffic urges you to return to your home country upon finishing the course or programme to meet the NFP aim in the most effective way.

Additional criteria per type of application: If you apply for an NFP PhD fellowship, you must:

  • not have accepted an NFP PhD fellowship in the past;
  • pursue the PhD study following a ‘sandwich’ or ‘picnic’ model, which means that at least a quarter of the PhD study must take place in the candidate’s home country and/or region. A quarter of the PhD study is calculated from the start date of the PhD-study (research) until the end of the NFP-PhD fellowship.

If you apply for an NFP short courses fellowship, you must:

  • not have accepted more than one NFP short course fellowship in the past;
  • not have accepted an NFP short course fellowship in the year prior to the fellowship application.

If you apply for an NFP master’s degree programme (NFP-MA) fellowship, you must not have accepted an NFP master’s degree programme fellowship in the past.

How to Apply: 

Before applying for an NFP fellowship, it is important to realise and consider that:

  • Applying for an NFP fellowship often takes time and effort and costs money, but might not lead to an NFP fellowship as Nuffic receives thousands of applications each year.
  • Applying for a fellowship numerous times does not increase your chances of receiving a fellowship.

Before you start your NFP fellowship application you must do the following:

  • Read all information available on the NFP webpages.
  • Prepare and/or collect all the necessary application documents.

To be eligible for an NFP fellowship, you must be admitted to the master’s degree programme, short course or PhD study, for which you would like to use the fellowship.

NOTE

  • You have to obtain academic admission
  • You must apply for academic admission directly at the Dutch institution. Your admission must be unconditional in terms of your education and language proficiency. Conditional 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. Ask the Dutch institution what their deadline for academic admission is.
  • The academic admission process for a PhD study is an individual track. Ask the Dutch institution what the requirements and deadlines are.
  • You are only allowed to apply for one NFP fellowship per deadline.
  • Prepare your application for an NFP fellowship
  • If you are certain that you are eligible for an NFP fellowship and you have collected all the necessary information and documentation, you can start applying.

Deadline

  • Master’s, and  Short courses  deadline is  May 7, 2013 (15.00 hrs CET)
  • Short courses and PhD  deadline: October 1, 2013 (15.00 hrs CET)

Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) for Developing Countries 2013

Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) for Developing Countries 2013Description: 2013/2014 Fellowship Programme in Netherlands for Masters, PhD and Short Courses applicants from Developing Countries

Accepted Subject Areas? The NFP offers you three sub-programmes to choose from:

  • Master’s degree programmes
  • Short courses
  • PhD studies

What is this Scholarship about? The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP), funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation, are designed to promote capacity building within organizations in 62 countries by providing training and education to mid-career staff.

The overall aim of the NFP is to help alleviate qualitative and quantitative shortages of skilled manpower within a wide range of governmental, private and non-governmental organizations. This is done by offering fellowships to mid-career professionals to improve the capacity of their employing organizations.

Scholarship Offered Since: Not Specified

By what Criteria is Selection Made? Priority will be given to candidates who:

  • live and work  in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • are a woman;
  • belong to a priority groups and/or are from a marginalised region as defined by the Dutch embassy in your country. You can find these priorities on the embassy’s website.

Who is qualified to apply? To be eligible for an NFP fellowship you must:

  • be a mid-career professional with at least three years’ relevant work experience;
  • be a national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the NFP country list (see below) valid at the time of application;
  • be nominated by your employer, who pledges to continue paying your salary and guarantees that you will be able to return to the same or an equivalent position at the end of your fellowship period;
  • have been unconditionally admitted by a Dutch institution to one of the Master’s degree programmes or Short courses on the 2013-2014 course list, or have agreed upon a PhD research proposal with the Dutch institution.
  • not already have received an NFP fellowship for a master’s degree programme or a PhD fellowship.
  • not be employed by:
    - a multinational corporation
    - a large national and/or commercial organisation
    - a bilateral donor organisation
    - a multilateral donor organisation
    - an international NGO.
  • have completed and submitted an NFP PhD Study, master’s degree programme or short course application, including all the required documentation, before the applicable fellowship application deadline;
  • be employed in an area to which the study will make a relevant contribution;
  • be full-time available for the entire period of the programme or course and be physically and mentally able to take part in the entire programme;

How Many Scholarships are available?

What is the benefit? The fellowship is a supplement to the candidate’s salary and a contribution towards the expenses related to the course or study programme.

How long will sponsorship last? Duration of course

Which African Countries is Eligible? Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, Guinea-Bissau, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya, Cape Verde, Uganda, Mali, Zambia, DR Congo, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Egypt, Namibia

Other Developing Countries outside Africa? Afghanistan, Eritrea, Nicaragua, Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Pakistan, Autonomous Palestinian Territories, Peru, Bangladesh, Guatemala, Philippines, Bhutan, Honduras, Bolivia, India, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Iran, Suriname, Jordan, Cambodia, Thailand, Kosovo, Colombia, Macedonia, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Yemen, Cuba, Moldova, Mongolia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nepal

Where will it be taken (country)? Netherlands

Application Deadline: The May 2013 deadline for Master’s Degree programmes and Short Course applications opens 1 March and will close on 7 May 2013, 15.00 CET.

Offered annually? Yes

How can I Apply? Visit this link for details on how to apply for NFP

Sponsors: The NFP is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation.

Important Notes: 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);