The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are demand-oriented fellowship programmes designed to promote institutional development. The NFP target group consists of mid-career professionals who are in employment. To be eligible for an NFP fellowship an applicant must be a national of and working in one of the selected countries.
The overall aim of the NFP is to help alleviate qualitative and quantitative shortages of skilled manpower within a wide range of governmental, private sector and non-governmental organizations. This by offering fellowships to professionals to improve their capacity to contribute to the development of their employing organizations.
The NFP is initiated and fully funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the development cooperation budget. The ministry has contracted the Nuffic to administer the NFP.
Target group While fellowships are awarded to individuals, the need for training must occur within the context of the organization that employs the applicant. The training should help the organization develop its capacity. This means that applicants must be nominated by their employers. In fact, applications without employer support will not be processed.
Priorities Half of the available funding from the NFP budget should be spent on fellowships for female candidates and for candidates from sub-Saharan Africa. Additional priority is given to candidates from priority groups and/or from marginalized regions, to be defined by the embassies.
NFP sub-programmes The NFP offers the following options: