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Netherlands Fellowship Programme PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Damaris Foping   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 04:54

Africa_1Deadline: 7 Febuary  (online application)

Funding Source: Dutch Government

Country of Study: Netherlands

Degree Targeted: Master






This scholarship is recurrent; please make sure you visit their pointingfingerleftwebsite for updated information. Note that some scholarships are launched annually for a predetermined number of years - so before start preparing your application, make sure you have updated information.


Parce que cette bourse est annuelle ; il est hautement recommandé de visiter leur site pour les dernières infos.

Type of Scholarship
Partially funded








NFP fellowships can be obtained for a selected number of master’s degree programmes. The Dutch higher education institutions offer many international master’s degree programmes. Candidates can receive a postgraduate education and earn one of the following Dutch degrees:Master of Arts,Master of Science, or a Professional Master’s degree. A Master of Arts or a Master of Science degree is an academic degree, usually awarded by traditional (research-oriented) universities on completion of a postgraduate research-oriented course of one to two years in duration. Professional Master's degrees are awarded by different types of higher education institutions that offer more professionally-oriented programmes. Professional master’s degrees are usually of shorter duration than a research-oriented master’s degree programme. The duration of the programmes varies between 9 and 24 months.



Eligible African Countries


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



Field of Study


Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Architecture and Town Planning, Arts and Humanities, Business Administration and Management; Education and Teacher Training; Engineering; Environmental Science; Fine and Applied Arts; Law, Mass Communication and Information Science; Mathematics and Computer Science; Health and Medical sciences; natural Science, Service, Tourism and Leisure; Social and Behavioural Science; Transport and Communication;





A candidate applying for an NFP fellowship for a master’s degree programme 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 developing countries on the NFP country list valid at the time of application
  • be nominated by his or her employer, who pledges to continue paying the candidate’s salary and guarantees the candidate will be able to return to the same or an equivalent position at the end of the fellowship period2
  • have been unconditionally admitted by a Dutch institution to one of the master’s degree programmes on the course list 2012-2013. This means that the candidate must have met all the equirements set by the Dutch institution
  • not already have received an NFP master’s degree fellowship;
  • not be employed by:

                    - a multinational corporation (for instance Shell, Unilever etc.) or
                    - a large national and/-or commercial organisation or
                   - a bilateral donor organisation (for instance USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid etc.) or
                    - multilateral donor organisation, (for instance a UN organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB, etc.) or

                    - international NGO’s (for instance Oxfam, Plan, Care, etc.)

  • have completed and submitted an NFP master’s degree programme fellowship application including all the required documentation before the applicable NFP fellowship application deadline;
  • be employed in an area to which the study will make a relevant contribution; 
  • have a clear-cut, functional relationship with a relevant organisation and be in a position to introduce the newly acquired skills and knowledge into that organisation;
  • be available for the entire period of the programme and be physically and mentally able to take part in the entire programme;
  • endorse the objective and the aimof the NFP. The aimof the NFP cannot be reached if the fellowship holder does not return to his or her own country. 
  • Nuffic would like to urge fellowship holders to return to their home country upon finishing the course or programme to meet the NFP aim in the most effective way.  



Your chances of obtaining an NFP scholarship go up if you:

• 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.



Application Procedure


To be eligible for an NFP fellowship, candidates need to be admitted to the master’s degree programme for which they would like an NFP fellowship.

Please note that the fellowship application procedure has two important types of deadlines:
1. the academic admission deadline;
2. the fellowship application deadline.    


Obtaining academic admission to a master´s degree programme
Candidates first apply for admission directly to the Dutch institution that offers the master’s degree programme of their choice. The Dutch institution assesses the application and decides whether or not to admit the candidate to the programme.
Candidates will receive a letter from the institution informing themi if they have been admitted. Nuffic has no part in the admission application process.

A candidate applying for an NFP fellowship must have been unconditionally admitted to a Dutch institution for the course or programme for which the candidate applies for an NFP fellowship. This means that the candidate must have met all the academic and administrative requirements set by the Dutch

Candidates are strongly advised to apply as early as possible for admission to the Dutch institution to allow these institutions enough time to process all the applications for admission in time.  


Academic admission deadline
This indicates the latest date that the Dutch institution will accept applications from candidates who also wish to apply for an NFP fellowship. The academic admission deadlines for admission to master’s degree programmes vary per programme and can change throughout the year. For this reason, candidates are advised to contact the Dutch institution directly for up-to-date information.

Occasionally, the Dutch institution’s deadline for applying for admission to a programme is later than the NFP deadline for fellowship applications. Nevertheless, to be eligible for an NFP fellowship, candidates need to be admitted to the master’sdegree programme for which they would like an NFP fellowship at the time of the NFP fellowship applications deadline. On the master’s degree programmes overview (section 2.4), the academic admission deadline is listed for each entry.


Applying for an NFP fellowship
Candidates can only apply for a fellowship for one master’s degree programme per fellowship application deadline. Being admitted to more than one programme with the same fellowship application deadline means that candidates can only apply for a fellowship for one of the short courses.

Applications have to be submitted through Scholarships Online (SOL). Through SOL candidates can apply for fellowships online and they can check the status of an application. Other parties such as the Dutch institutions, the embassies and consulates will use SOL to assess NFP fellowship applications.

SOL can be accessed through This page also contains more instructions about applying online.   


What does an NFP master’s degree programme fellowship application consist of?

  • a completed online NFP fellowship application submitted via SOL3
  • an employer’s statement nominating the candidate for an NFP fellowship;
  • a copy of a valid official identity document;
  • a Statement of Government Authority (if applicable4)
  • a motivation on why you want to pursue this master’s degree programme;
  • a motivation on the relevance for your organisation (how will your organisation benefit from the master’s degree programme  you wish to follow?);
  • a motivation on the relevance for your country (how will your country benefit from the master’s degree programme you wish to follow?);
  • a plan of action (how will you put your new skills and knowledge to work when you return to your employing organisation?)




Last Updated on Friday, 06 September 2013 05:54

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