The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are designed to promote capacity building within organisations in 61 countries by providing training and education to mid-career staff. The NFP is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation.
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 organisations. This is done by offering fellowships to mid-career professionals to improve the capacity of their employing organisations.
The fellowship is a supplement to the candidate’s salary and a contribution towards the expenses related to the course or study programme.
The NFP offers you three sub-programmes to choose from:
Master's degree programmes
- 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 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 2012-2013 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 already have received an NFP fellowship for a master’s degree programme or a PhD fellowship.
- not already have received two NFP fellowships for a short course and you must not have already received a fellowship in the year preceding your application.
- not be employed by:
- a multinational corporation (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft);
- a large national and/or 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 application, including all the required documentation, before the applicable 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 full-time available 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.
- 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.
Obtain academic admission
Prepare your application for an NFP fellowship
- a copy of a valid passport or other official identity document;
- an employer’s statement;
- a statement from the Government Authority (if applicable);
- Statements of motivation, responding to the following questions:
- Why do you wish to pursue this course or programme?
- How will your employer benefit from the course or programme?
- How will your country benefit from the course or programme?
- How will you put your new skills and knowledge to work when you return to your job?
- A letter of a co-supervisor in your own country (if applicable);
Submit your application
The Dutch institutions have their own academic application deadlines which 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.
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The fellowship application deadline is
|Master's degree programmes, Short courses||8 February 2012||1 May 2012*|
|Short courses, PhD studies||1 July 2012||2 October 2012**|
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