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Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) – Masters, PhD for Developing Countries 2016/2017

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) 2016/2017 is now open for Masters, PhD and Short Courses applicants from Developing Countries

Application Deadline: 5th July 2016

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: Developing Countries

To be taken at: The Netherlands

Fields of Study: The NFP offers candidates three sub-programmes to choose from:

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

About the Award: 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.

Selection Criteria: Priority will be given to candidates who:

  • live and work  in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • are women;
  • 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.

Eligibility: To be eligible for an NFP fellowship, candidate 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 2016-2017 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.

Duration of Scholarship: for the period of course

Eligible African 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 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

How to Apply

Visit Scholarship Webpage for details on how to apply for NFP

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

  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.



  3. Getachew Beza MELASH says

    I am an Ethiopian man. I AM INTERESTED TO APPLY IN NFSP IN 2012-2013.

  4. 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?

  5. Harriet A.B.Ssensamba says

    I am Harriet from Ugandan and a teacher by profession.How can i apply for a masters program

  6. Kwadwo Amo says

    thank you for your support


    dear NFSP i would lie to apply for the scholarship to continue my art education abroad

  8. 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

  9. Joseph Stallaone says

    Hi To Everyone.Im Kindly For Sponsorship In Journalism Course In Univesity .Im Joseph Musinguzi From Uganda , Tel+256 0757945638, Thanks

  10. Chibuzor Egwuogu says

    Hi, I am Chibuzor Egwuogu from Nigeria. I saw a course I want to study but dont know how to apply for it. Please i will be pleased if you put me through. [email protected]

  11. Mutsvandiani Chikutuma says

    My name is Chikutuma Mutsvandiani from Zimbabwe. I did a bachelor degree in Agriculture and i want to pursue for a Maters degree but i don't know how to apply for it.

  12. Mutsvandiani Chikutuma says

    Very true that is me Mutsvandiani Chikutuma . I only started with the surname and followed my first name.

  13. Melkamu Awoke 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; [email protected]

  14. Melkamu Awoke says

    Thank you for your instrumental help !!!

  15. Gutaa Waaqtolee 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

  16. Ayalu Zewdie 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.

  17. May Ame says

    my name is mekuria amenu i am from Ethiopia.i am 23 years old.i have Bsc degree from HARAMAYA UNIVERSITY in 2014 in the field of plant science.i am happy if i got acceptance infront of you.Thank you.

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