June 27, 2015

Netherlands Fellowship Programme Scholarships for Developing Countries

Netherlands Fellowship Programme

Course(s) Offered: All approved field
Course Level: Graduate (short courses, masters, PhD)
Provider: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Country to Study in: Netherlands

Scholarship Description
The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) targets international students from several developing countries worldwide to pursue NFP-qualified masters or PhD studies, or short courses in Dutch universities and institutions of higher learning.

The programme is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation, and promotes capacity building within organizations in 51 countries by providing training and education through fellowships to professionals.

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. This is done by offering fellowships to mid-career professionals to improve the capacity of their employing organizations.

The fellowships are further prioritised as follows: a). 50% of the budget is for applications from Sub Saharan Africa; and b). 50% of fellowships has to be awarded to female applicants.

You 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 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 organization, 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).
Scholarship Criteria:
Priority will be given to candidates who:
  • live and work in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • are a woman;
  • belong to a priority group 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
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.

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

Participating Institutions
Dutch universities, academic institutions and institutions of higher learning

Field(s) of study
The NFP offers three sub-programmes to choose from (Masters, Short courses, PhD studies). In addition, there are seperate funds for tailor-made training courses and alumni activities.

See the official website (link to it is below) to "Find a course" and "Contact the Dutch higher education institution" which offers the NFP-qualified course of your choice for application procedures.

Sponsorship duration
For the whole duration of the course

Scholarship benefits
The fellowship is a supplement to the candidate’s salary which s/he should continue to receive during the study period in the Netherlands, and is a contribution towards the expenses related to the course or study programme.

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.

Method of Application
Since August 2014, candidates now need to apply for an NFP fellowship directly at the Dutch education institution, instead of applying with Nuffic. Only the Dutch institution will provide information about the programmes, selection criteria, application procedures and deadlines.

To apply for an NFP fellowship, you need to apply directly with a Dutch higher education institution of your choice, starting 3 February 2015 onwards.
  • Check whether you are in the abovementioned Eligible groups.
  • Check whether your employer will nominate you.
  • Find a course.
  • Contact the Dutch higher education institution which offers the NFP-qualified course of your choice for application procedures.
Please visit the official website (link to it is below) for more information and also for important links to finding your course and contacting the Dutch institutions.

Fellowship applications start 3 February 2015 and continue onwards. Deadlines will vary depending on the Dutch higher education institution. Please contact these institutions for specific deadlines.

In the past, deadlines have ranged from February (for Masters and Short courses) to May (for Masters and Short courses) and October (for PhD and Short courses).

Each programme or course has a specific academic application deadline set by the institution. These deadlines may change during the year. 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.

Since August 2014, candidates are now required to apply for an NFP fellowship directly at the Dutch education institution, instead of applying with Nuffic. Only the Dutch institution will provide information about the programmes, selection criteria, application procedures and deadlines. Different institutions may have different procedures.

Application Deadline: Varies (usually from Feb till May/Oct)
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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  1. I am looking for scholarship, but couldn't find any application form. Will any one help


    1. Habtamu, visit the official website through the link above

  2. Thomas Mburu RaingoJanuary 26, 2015 7:34 PM


    My name is Thomas Mburu Raingo.
    I am from Nairobi,Kenya.

    I am seeking for a scholarship in Netherlands but I cannot seem to find any.

    Would you kindly assist me by replying to my e-mail address: Raingotm@gmail.com.

    Your reply will be highly considered.

    Thomas Mburu Raingo

  3. I am currently on the verge of completing my undergraduate studies. I cannot get an acceptance letter for a postgraduate programme as I have not yet graduated. Does it concern only graduate students?

    1. Yes, this scholarship award is targeted only at masters students wishing to go in for eligible courses. However, since you are on the verge of completing your undergraduate studies this year, you could still reapply next year because it is an annual scholarship award.

  4. But they mentioned that students on the verge of completing their undergraduate degree can apply. check the website again please.