The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) 2012-2013

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are fellowship programmes initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for Development Cooperation.

Deadline: 01 May 2012




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 (see annex 4);
– 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 requirements set by the Dutch institution (see 2.2); – 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 aim of the NFP. The aim of 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.

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