Netherlands Fellowship Program (Masters) for Developing Countries

Netherlands Fellowship Program (Masters)

Course(s) Offered: Several fields of study
Course Level: Graduate (masters, fellowships)
Provider: Netherlands Government
Country to Study in: Netherlands

Scholarship Description
UPDATED: Netherlands Fellowship Programme Scholarships (Short courses, Masters, PhD).
The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are demand-driven fellowship programmes designed to promote capacity building within organizations in 62 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.

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;
  • 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 2013-2014 (see link below). This means that the candidate must have met all the requirements set by the Dutch institution;
  • 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.
Eligible groups
Students from 62 developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

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.

Participating 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.

All NFP courses are full-time courses, including a select number of e-learning courses. Consult the official Studyfinder database for programmes and courses eligible for an NFP fellowship.

You may want to download and see the 'NFP course list for 2013-14 for Master's degree programmes' (link found below)

Number of awards
Not specified; however, the Netherlands’ higher education sector offers a large number of international master’s degree programmes.

Sponsorship duration
There are fellowships available for a selected number of master’s degree programmes with a duration of between 12 and 24 months

Scholarship benefits
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 can also cover the costs of tuition fees, visas, travel costs, insurance and thesis research.

Method of Application
To be eligible for an NFP masters 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 academic admission directly to the Dutch institution that offers the master’s degree programme of their choice. Thereafter, they may then prepare their application for an NFP fellowship meaning that the candidate must have met all the academic and administrative requirements set by the Dutch institution.

The deadline for academic applications is earlier, about 1-2 months earlier, than the fellowship applications deadline. Candidates are strongly advised to apply as early as possible for admission to a Dutch institution to allow these institutions enough time to process all the applications for admission in time.

For 2013-2014, the deadline for masters fellowship is 5 Februrary or 7 May in 2013 depending on the course (see the NFP course list for 2013-14 for Master's degree programmes(135.6 kB) to know the specific deadline for your chosen course).

For more information, contact the Netherlands Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

Application Deadline: 5 February / 7 May 2013
Open to International students: Yes

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