Fully Funded Netherlands Fellowship Programme for Developing Countries, 2016


The  Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs invites applications from prospective international graduate and postgraduate students for the 2015-2016  Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) . The NFP is awarded to professionals to promote capacity building within organizations in 50 countries by providing training and education through fellowships.

The NFP is initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation.

Worth of Award

An NFP fellowship is meant to supplement the salary that you should continue to receive during your study period. It is a contribution towards the costs of living, the costs of tuition fees, visas, travel, insurance and so on. If there is a difference between the actual costs and the amount of the NFP allowance, you are expected to cover this yourself.


  • You have to be nominated by your employer to be eligible for the fellowship. There also has to be a clear need for training within the context of your organisation.
  • After completing your training you return to your original workplace. This ensures the training is embedded within your organisation.
  • You will improve your knowledge and skills, learn about relevant global developments in your field and build an international network. The result is twofold: for your employing organisation, it represents a direct investment in staff development; for you as a professional, the training is a valuable asset in your further career.

Worth of Awards

  • An NFP fellowship is intended to supplement the salary that you should continue to receive during the study period in the Netherlands.
  • The allowance is a contribution towards your costs of living, the costs of tuition fees, visas, travel, insurance and thesis research, as specified in the NFP Rules and Regulations for fellowship holders.
  •  If applicable, the fellowship holder is expected to cover the difference between the actual costs and the amount of the personal NFP allowances.


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 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

Before applying for an NFP fellowship, it is important to realize 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.
  • Please note that the information provided on this website applies to the February 2015 and May 2015 deadlines. More information on new procedures for the October 2015 deadline and onwards will be made available in mid 2015.
  • 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.
  • You need to apply directly with a Dutch higher education institution of your choice, taking into account the following steps:
    1. Check whether you are in the above mentioned target groups.
    2. Check whether your employer will nominate you.
    3. Find a course with their Studyfinder tool.
    4. Contact the Dutch higher education institution which offers the NFP-qualified course of your choice for application procedures.


Master’s, and  Short courses (2nd round) deadline is  May 2016 (15.00 hrs CET); Online applications open March 1, 2015

Short courses and PhD  deadline: October 2016 (15.00 hrs CET); Online applications open August 1, 2016

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For details about documents to submit and application procedure, click here.


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