Course(s) Offered: Any approved field
Course Level: Short Courses, Masters, PhD, Fellowships
Provider: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Country to Study in: Netherlands
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.
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.
You must meet a number of criteria that support the aim of the NFP to be eligible for a fellowship.
- 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.
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.
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.
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:
For the whole duration of the course
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.
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|
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
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