The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are fellowship programmes initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for Development Cooperation. The ministry has contracted Nuffic, the Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education to administer these programmes.
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 need for training has to be evident within the context of an organisation.
The NFP target group consists of mid-career professionals who are nationals of and working and living in an NFP country. Candidates from Sub-Saharan Africa, women and members of priority groups and/or marginalised regions are specifically invited to apply for an NFP fellowship.
An NFP fellowship is intended to supplement the salary that the fellowship holder should continue to receive (at least partially) during the study period. The allowance is considered to be a contribution towards the costs of living for the fellowship holder, whether in the Netherlands or in another country. The fellowship can cover the costs of tuition fees, visas, travel, insurance and thesis research, as specified in the NFP Rules and regulations for fellowship holders.
Fellowships for master’s degree programmes
A master’s degree programme allows mid-career professionals to gain knowledge and learn skills that could help them to guide their employing
organisations towards further development. Higher education institutions in the Netherlands offer a wide variety of international master’s degree programmes, covering almost every field of study. The duration of the courses varies from nine to twenty-four months. Almost all courses are conducted in English; some are conducted in Spanish.
Fellowships for short courses
These courses are aimed at mid-career professionals who need to acquire knowledge and skills through a period of intensive training. Higher education institutions and other qualified organisations offer short courses at post-secondary level in several fields of study. The duration of the courses varies from two weeks to twelve months. Almost all courses are conducted in English; some are conducted in French.
Applications have to be submitted through Scholarships Online (SOL).
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