Netherlands Fellowship Program for Short Courses, Masters and PhD Programs

netherlands2The Netherlands Fellowship program is designed to assist international students from developing countries who intend to pursue NFP-qualified masters or PhD studies, or short courses in Dutch universities and institutions of higher learning. The program which is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs targets applicants from developing countries and intend to train them through this fellowship program.


The following requirement has to be met before an application is being submitted:

  • Applicant must be a national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the NFP country list.
  • Must have an employer’s statement that complies with the format Nuffic has provided. All information must be provided and all commitments that are included in the format must be endorsed in the statement.
  • Must not be employed by an organisation that has its own means of staff-development. Organisations that are considered to have their own means for staff development are for example:
  • multinational corporations (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft),
  • large national and/or a large commercial organisations,
  • bilateral donor organisations (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid),
  • multilateral donor organisations, (e.g. a UN organization, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB),
  • international NGO’s (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care)
  • Must have an official and valid passport
  • Must not receive more than one fellowship for courses that take place at the same time.
  • Must have a government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established (if applicable).

Fields of study

The NFP offers three sub-programmes to choose from (Masters, Short courses, PhD studies). In addition, there are seperate funds for tailor-made training courses and alumni activities. See the official website (link to it is below) to “Find a course” and “Contact the Dutch higher education institution” which offers the NFP-qualified course of your choice for application procedures.

Target groups/countries

Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, Guinea-Bissau, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya, Cape Verde, Uganda, Mali, Zambia, DR Congo, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Egypt, Namibia

Other Developing Countries:
Afghanistan, Eritrea, Nicaragua, Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Pakistan, Autonomous Palestinian Territories, Peru, Bangladesh, Guatemala, Philippines, Bhutan, Honduras, Bolivia, India, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Iran, Suriname, Jordan, Cambodia, Thailand, Kosovo, Colombia, Macedonia, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Yemen, Cuba, Moldova, Mongolia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nepal.

What the fellowship covers

The fellowship is a supplement to the candidate’s salary which s/he should continue to receive during the study period in the Netherlands. It is a contribution towards the expenses related to the course or study programme, and towards the costs of living, tuition fees, visas, travel, insurance and thesis research. If applicable, the holder is expected to cover the difference between the actual costs and the amount of the personal NFP allowances.

How to apply

From August 2014, candidates have been applying for an NFP fellowship directly at the Dutch education institution, instead of applying with Nuffic. Only the Dutch institution will provide information about the programmes, selection criteria, application procedures and deadlines.

To apply for an NFP fellowship, you need to apply directly with a Dutch higher education institution of your choice, taking these into account:

  • Check whether you are in the above-mentioned target groups.
  • Check whether your employer will nominate you.
  • Find a course.
  • Contact the Dutch higher education institution which offers the NFP-qualified course of your choice for application procedures.

Click here to contact the scholarship provider for more information on how to apply.

Application deadline

The deadline varies according to Dutch higher education institution. In general, it is 1 March 2016 (for Masters and Short courses), 5 July 2016 (for Masters and Short courses), and 4 October 2016 (for PhD and Short courses). Please contact these institutions for specific deadlines.

Important points to note

  • The Netherlands Fellowship Program is a scholarship program by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to assist students from developing countries study Masters, short courses and PhD programs in Netherlands.
  • The scholarship will be given out as supplements to the candidate’s salary which s/he should continue to receive during the study period in the Netherlands.
  • Application for scholarship is made directly at the Dutch Higher institution.

For more inquiries about admissions and visas to study abroad, send an email or call: +2347037293057, 08125835476



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