Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) – Masters, PhD and Short Courses for Developing Countries 2015/2016

Scholarship Name: Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP)

Brief description

2015/2016 Fellowship programme in Netherlands for Masters, PhD and Short Courses applicants from Developing Countries

Accepted Subject Areas?

The NFP offers you three sub-programmes to choose from:

  • Master’s degree programmes
  • Short courses
  • PhD studies

What is this Scholarship about?

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP), funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation, are designed to promote capacity building within organizations in 51 (previously 62) countries by providing training and education to mid-career staff.

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 is done by offering fellowships to mid-career professionals to improve the capacity of their employing organizations.

Scholarship Offered Since: Not Specified

Selection Criteria

Priority will be given to candidates who:

  • 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.


To be eligible for an 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 (see below) valid at the time of application;
  • be nominated by your employer, who pledges to continue paying 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 2015-2016 course list, or have agreed upon a PhD research proposal with the Dutch institution.
  • not already have received an NFP fellowship for a master’s degree programme or a PhD fellowship.
  • not be employed by:
    – a multinational corporation
    – a large national and/or commercial organisation
    – a bilateral donor organisation
    – a multilateral donor organisation
    – an international NGO.
  • 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;
  • 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;

Number of Scholarships: Several

Value of Scholarship

The fellowship is a supplement to the candidate’s salary and a contribution towards the expenses related to the course or study programme.

How long will sponsorship last? Duration of course

Which African Countries is Eligible?

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 outside Africa?

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

To be taken at: Netherlands

Application Deadline: application starts 3 February 2015 and closes in May 2015 and October 2015 for different stages

Offered annually? Yes

How to Apply

Visit this link for details on how to apply for NFP


The NFP is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation.

Important Notes:

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);

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  1. bayo says

    does government statement (one of the requirements in completing the form) applies to applicants from Nigeria? please i will like to know.

  2. Yuster Z. Byabusha says

    Hi out there, am a Tanzanian and would like to apply for nfp fellowship. Do i need to have Government statement in order to complete my application?

  3. leonard kiprono says

    am leonard kiprono from kenya currently pursuing masters in international relation and wish to enrol for phd next year in the same or conflict management .how do i get scholarship

  4. says

    i am Melkamu , i have B.A Degree in business management ,& i am eagered to pursue my masters Degree in Business field if i could got an opportunity of full sponsorship, Please inform me how to get a sponsor & how to apply ? email;

  5. says

    my name is Guta Waktole. I graduated by Bsc in biology from Jimma University of Ethiopia in 2014. Now I 'm working at JIMMA UNIVERSITY TROPICAL AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE RESEARCH CENTER WHICH is funded by VILIRIOUS ( COORDINATED ) by Ghent University of Belgium because of this I want to learn masters degree by medical parasitology or medical microbiology or molecular biology if you sponsor me financially on this learning programme

  6. says

    my name is ayalu zewdie. i am from Ethiopia. i am 31 years old. i have BA degree from Addis Ababa University in the class of 2008 in the depertement of Geography and Environmental Studies. i have 7 years work experience as social worker in East Gojjam Zone Labour and Social Affair Office. now i am studying my masters in Urban Planning and Development in Ethiopian Civil Service University. i will complete my education at the beginning of July/2015. so i want to continue my education in free scholarship in any country. please tell me those opportunities. thank you.

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