The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are fellowship programmes designed to promote capacity building within organizations in 60 developing countries by providing training and education to their mid-career staff members. The NFP is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation.
The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ budget for development cooperation. The new Dutch government has announced considerable cuts in the budget for development cooperation. The Ministry has informed Nuffic that reducing the budget for the NFP is also being considered. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expects a considerable reduction in the number of available fellowships as of the fellowship application deadline of 1 February 2011. Final decisions have not been taken, but Nuffic would like to inform both NFP applicants and Dutch institutions about this situation. Further information will be published at this site as soon as it is available. Nuffic can take no responsibility whatsoever for decisions taken by the Ministry, budgetary or otherwise, or for the resulting number of available fellowships. No commitments of any kind can be made regarding the availability and/or distribution of the budget for NFP fellowships.
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 organizations. This by offering fellowships to mid-career professionals to improve the capacity of their employing organizations. The need for training has to be evident within the context of an organization.
Target group and priorities
The NFP is for mid-career professionals who are nationals of and working and living in one of the NFP countries.
* View the NFP country list
Candidates from Sub-Saharan Africa, women and members of priority groups and/or marginalized regions are specifically invited to apply for an NFP fellowship.
* Read more about NFP priorities
Next to the general eligibility criteria, an embassy or consulate may develop its own country-specific criteria. These reflect the preferences of an embassy or consulate for certain applications. These criteria can influence the selection process. You are therefore advised to check if any country-specific criteria apply.
The need for education and training must be linked to the institutional development of the organization you are working for. This means that you must be nominated by your employer. In fact, applications without employer support will not be considered.
The NFP offers several sub-programmes. Each sub-programme has a separate section on this website with information about eligibility criteria, application and selection and deadlines (if applicable):
Individual fellowships for:
* PhD studies
* Short courses
* Master’s degree programmes
Subsidies for Alumni activities:
* Refresher courses
* NAA start-up subsidies
* Co-financing of alumni activities