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The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) promote capacity building
within organisations in countries including Nigeria by providing
fellowships for training and education for professionals. The NFP is
initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs from
the budget for development cooperation.
The NFP has three sub programmes for individual fellowships:
  • Short courses
  • Master’s degree programmes
  • PhD studies
In addition, there are separate funds for tailor-made training courses and alumni activities.
Aim of the NFP
    • 50% of the budget is for applications from Sub Saharan Africa.
    • 50% of fellowships has to be awarded to female applicants.The NFP
      aims to help increase both the number and the competencies of skilled
      staff at a wide range of government and non-government
      organisations.Each embassy has its own focus area to support the
      development goals of the Netherlands in each NFP country. The overall
      objective is to spend 35% of the budget on grants and study programmes
      in food security and private sector development.The fellowships are
      further prioritised as follows: 
    •  The fellowship
    An NFP fellowship is intended to supplement the salary that the
    fellow should continue to receive during the study period. The allowance
    is a contribution towards the costs of living, the costs of tuition
    fees, visas, travel, insurance and thesis research. If applicable, the
    fellowship holder is expected to cover the difference between the actual
    costs and the amount of the personal NFP allowances.
    The fellowships are awarded in a very competitive selection to highly
    motivated professionals who are in a position to introduce the
    newly-acquired skills and knowledge into their employing organisation.
    You must meet a number of criteria that support the aim of the NFP to be eligible for a fellowship.
    To be eligible you:
    • must be a national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the NFP country list;
    • must have an employer’s statement that complies with the format
      EP-Nuffic has provided. All information must be provided and all
      commitments that are included in the format must be endorsed in the
    • must not be employed by an organisation that has its own means of
      staff-development. Organisations that are considered to have their own
      means for staff development are 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 organisation, the World
        Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB),
      • international NGO’s (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care);
    • must have an official and valid passport;
    • must not receive more than one fellowship for courses that take place at the same time;
    • must have a government statement that meets the requirements of the
      country in which the employer is established (if applicable).
    • How to apply
      You need to apply directly with a Dutch higher education institution of your choice, taking into account the following steps:

      1. Check whether you are in the abovementioned target groups.
      2. Check whether your employer will nominate you.
      3. Find a course with our Studyfinder tool.
      4. Contact the Dutch higher education institution which offers the NFP-qualified course of your choice for application procedures.

      For your information: if you can’t find the course you want to take
      in Studyfinder, don’t worry. You can apply for the course of your choice
      at the Dutch higher education institution. They will decide whether
      your selected course is eligible for the Netherlands Fellowship
      Visit the official website for more information

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