Student's Financial Aid by Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP)
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 financial aid 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 financial aid 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:
In addition, there are separate financial aid for Alumni Activities.
Read more about Alumni Activities on the website of Holland Alumni network.
Eligibility of the financial aid
To be eligible for an financial aid by NFP fellowship you 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 countries on the NFP country list for financial aid valid at the time of application;
- be nominated by your employer, who pledges to continue paying financial aid for 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 financial aid 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.
Priorities of the financial aid
Your chances of obtaining an NFP scholarship go up if you:
- 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.
How to apply financial aid
To be eligible for anfinancial aid, candidates need to be admitted to the master’s degree programme or short course for which they would like an NFP fellowship or be admitted as a PhD student.
Obtain academic admission for financial aid
You first apply for academic admission directly to the Dutch institution. Your admission must be unconditional in terms of your education and language proficiency. 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. Check the deadlines for academic admission with the Dutch institution directly for up-to-date information.
The academic admission process for a PhD study is an individual track. If you want to be admitted as a PhD student check the requirements and the deadlines with the Dutch institution.
If you have been admitted to more than one course or study programme in one fellowship per application deadline you will have to choose one programme before you apply for a financial aid.
Prepare your application for the financial aid
Your NFP application consists of:
- 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?
In addition, if you apply for a PhD fellowship: A letter of a co-supervisor in your own country (if applicable);
The application you submit to Nuffic must be complete. After you have submitted your application you cannot make any adjustments or additions anymore.
- Download the requirements of the Employer's Statement (99 kB)
- Download the requirements of the Statement of Government Authority (19 kB)
- Download the requirements for the letter of the co-supervisor (43 kB)
Submit your application for financial aid
If you have obtained academic admission and prepared all the necessary documentation you can submit your NFP fellowship application in Scholarships Online (SOL), Nuffic’s online application tool.
You can access SOL using the quick links on the right-hand side of this page.
If you have very limited or no access to the internet it is possible to submit a paper application, which you must send directly to Nuffic by regular mail or by courier.
When you apply for an NFP fellowship you must accept the NFP Rules and Regulations. Please read the booklet carefully before you apply.
Financial aid Application deadlines
This page gives you an overview of the fellowship application deadlines in 2012 for the three NFP sub-programmes.
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.
The financial aid application deadline is
- Master's degree programmes, Short courses deadline 1 February 2012 for 1 May 2012**
- Short courses, PhD studies deadline 1 July 2012 for 2 October 2012***
Paper application deadlines
The paper fellowship application deadlines are:
- **) 1 April 2012
- ***) 1 September 2012
The financial aid selection procedure
Once you have submitted your complete application, you will enter the selection process.
Read more about the selection process