Netherlands Fellowship Programme | Scholarships: Eligibility and Requirements

Netherlands Fellowship Programme | Scholarships: Eligibility and Requirements

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) encourages capacity building among organisations in 51 countries by promoting fellowships for the purpose of teaching and educating professionals. The fellowship programme creates the opportunity for fellowships for qualified Master studies, PhD studies, or short courses offered at participating Dutch Universities. The main crux of the NFP is centred around helping alleviate quantitative and qualitative shortages of skilled manpower at the mid-career level, in the purview of capacity building within the framework of poverty reduction in developing countries’.  Since the programme is targeted at to promote the capacity building of organisations, the educational need must be in tune with the institutional development of the organisation
the applicant works for. For these reasons, applications must be backed up by the employing organisation. With an NFP grant, candidates are eligible to obtain a Master’s or a PhD degree or pursue a short course at an education institute in the Netherlands. The programme is usually hosted by any Dutch University that offers NFP qualified programmes.

Eligibility Criteria For The Netherlands Fellowship Programme

To be eligible for the NFP you must fulfil all of the following criteria:

  • be a professional and national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the OKP country list. (View list of countries below)
  • have an employer’s statement that conforms with a given format. Sufficient information must be given and all consignments that are included in the format must be backed up in the statement.
  • not be an employee at an organization that has its own means of staff-development.  Organizations that are considered to have their own means for staff development are for example:
    multinational corporations, big national and/or large commercial organisations, bilateral donor organisations and multilateral donor organisations.
  • must have an official and valid passport.
  • must not be taking more than one fellowship for courses that take place at the same time.
  • must have an NFP government statement that fulfils the prerequisites of the country in which the employer is established.

Countries Eligible For The Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP)

Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burma/Myanmar, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Colombia, Congo (DRC), Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Liberia, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mali, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Surinam, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Please note, the list of eligible countries is still under development and is subject to modification of any sort.


Method Of Candidate Selection Of The Netherlands Fellowship Programme

  • Students who apply for admission to a Dutch higher education institution and are given admission receive a letter of admission from the institution.
  • The applicant is required to submit a digital application through SOL (Scholarship OnLine), in some cases
    hard-copy applications are accepted (which are entered in SOL by Nuffic). The
    application contains:
    a. A digital application or paper application form
    b. A letter from the candidate’s employer affirming the applicant’s study plans and assuring the continuous payment of the candidate’s salary during the period of study
    c. Copy of passport.
    d. The Dutch institution indicates (in SOL) whether the applicant has admission to the institution.
  • The Netherlands embassy inspects the eligibility criteria and indicates in SOL whether
    an applicant is eligible for NFP.
  • Dutch institutions score application by looking at academic prowess of the applicant.
  • Netherlands embassy scores application by judging the relevance for the development of
    the employing organization and/or country.
  • Fellowships are given to applicants with highest combined scores until budget is finished.
  • When awarding fellowships it is conditioned that 50% of the budget should go to Sub-
    Saharan Africa and also 50% of the fellowships should go to female candidates.


Documents Required For The Netherlands Fellowship Programme

  • Transcripts
  • Reference letters
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Valid passport
  • Application form

How To Apply For The Netherlands Fellowship Programme

  • Apply for the IHS academic course via IHS Online Application Form and receive your academic admission offer.
  • You will then be invited by IHS to apply for the OKP fellowship. An invitation email with detailed instructions will be sent to you afterwards.

For more details on how to apply for the Netherlands Fellowship Programme, click here

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