Fully-funded Netherlands Fellowship for Developing Countries 2015/2016


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.


  • 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.


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

Applicants must:

  • be a professional with at least three years’ relevant work experience. The number of years is calculated from the year you have started working until the deadline for which you have applied. At the fellowship application deadline (February, May, October) you should have three years of 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.
  • 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.

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.


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

Short courses and PhD  deadline: October 2015 (15.00 hrs CET); Online applications open August 1, 2015

For further details on the scholarships, click here

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


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