The Hague Academy is offering the Netherlands Fellowship Program (NFP) and the MENA Scholarship Program (MSP) to students from selected countries for the 2018/2019 academic session.
Application Deadline: 24th October 2017.
Offered annually? Yes
To be taken at (country): The Netherlands
About the Award: The Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education (EP-NUFFIC) offers fellowships to participate in training courses in The Netherlands. The aim is to promote capacity building within organisations in eligible countries via training and education for professionals. This is initiated and (almost) fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the budget for development cooperation.
- The Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) offers scholarships to participants living and working in one of the following 30 eligible countries (See list n Program Webpage link below).
- The MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) aims to contribute to the democratic transition in one of the 10 participating countries (See list n Program Webpage link below) in the Middle East and North Africa region. It seeks to build capacity within organisations by enabling employees to take part in short courses offered in various fields of study.
As a result of the changes, The Hague Academy is now accepting Nuffic applicants to the following four open-subscription courses in 2018. The deadline for Nuffic applications is 24 October 2017.
- Fiscal Decentralisation and Local Finance (12 – 23 February 2018)
(not eligible for MSP Scholarships)
The Hague Academy for Local Governance will convene a two-week, practice-oriented training on how to effectively organise public finances in your local government. As a participant, you will visit Dutch institutions and local municipalities to learn about financial accountability, gender budgeting, and local government spending and monitoring.
- Citizen Participation and Inclusive Governance (5 – 16 March 2018)
Inclusive development requires responsive governments and empowered citizens. But what can local officials and civil society organizations do to ensure all voices are heard? In this training, you will discuss ways to involve fellow citizens – especially minorities and marginalised groups – to create a culture of inclusive governance.
- Integrity and Anti-corruption (9 – 20 April 2018)
Corruption is one of the root causes of extreme poverty, conflict and state fragility. This course will help you understand and identify the drivers of corruption. The course is geared towards strengthening your analytical skills and providing you with instruments to develop anti-graft policies and programmes in line with recent international initiatives and agreements.
- Local Service Delivery (18 – 29 June 2018)
Local public services, including access to health, waste management and social services, have a huge impact on our daily lives and well-being. Unfortunately, the poor often lack access to these important services. Local governments have an important role in ensuring access and quality of these services for all citizens. This course equips you with practical and analytical tools to help you conceive and implement policies and projects aimed at pro-poor local service delivery.
Eligibility: In order to qualify for a NFP Scholarship, you need to meet the following selection criteria. You must:
- be a national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the following
NFP country list (in link below);
- not be employed by an organisation that has its own means of staff-development, 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 passport that will still be valid for at least three months after completion of the training;
- must not receive more than one fellowship for courses that take place at the same time;
- English Language skills: The short courses are taught in English. Therefore, it is important that your English language skills (writing and speaking) are good.
- Work experience: Minimum of 2 years of experience required, working with or for local or regional authorities. It is to your advantage if the work/experience is related to the content of the training.
To be eligible for a MSP Scholarship you must meet some of the selection criteria mentioned above. Furthermore you must:
- be a national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the following MSP country list valid at the time of application;
- have an official passport that will still be valid at least three months after completion of the training;
- not be over 45 years of age at the time of the grant submission
Number of Awardees: Not specified
Value of Scholarship: The Nuffic Fellowship programmes covers cost of tuition fee, travel costs, accommodation and living expenses in The Netherlands.
How to Apply: To apply for a fellowship, You will have to answer the following 3 questions to support your application:
- Question 1: What is the issue or problem you want to address in your country?
- Question 2. How will this training course enable you to address this issue?
- Question 3. How will you address this issue with your position within your organisation?
It is very important to go therough the Application Guidelines before applying.
Award Provider: The Hague, The Netherlands
Important Notes: You can only apply for one Fellowship per deadline.