Thursday, November 3, 2011

Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) - MASTERS, SHORT COURSES & PhD

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are designed to promote capacity building within organisations in 61 countries by providing training and education to mid-career staff. The NFP is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation.

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 organisations. This is done by offering fellowships to mid-career professionals to improve the capacity of their employing organisations.

The fellowship is a supplement to the candidate’s salary and a contribution towards the expenses related to the course or study programme.

NFP sub-programmes
The NFP offers you three sub-programmes to choose from:

Master’s degree programmes


Eligible students:

The NFP target group consists of mid-career professionals who are employed by an organization other than a large industrial, commercial and/or multinational firm. Since the training must help the organization to develop, the applicants must be nominated by their employers.

Applicants must also be nationals of one of the 57 selected countries (see ‘Eligible countries’).

Applicants must declare that they will return to their home country immediately after they complete the master program.

Applicants must have gained admission to a TU/e master course, which is on the NFP course list and have sufficient mastery of the English language.

For a more detailed list of criteria, please check the Nuffic website.


Eligible TU/e Master's programs: All TU/e Master's programs

Eligible countries: Click here.

Costs covered: Full-cost scholarship (including international travel, monthly subsistence allowance, tuition fee, books and health insurance.)

Duration of scholarship: Scholarships for the duration of the program, with a maximum of two years.

Application and selection procedure for Master's programs

1. A candidate first has to gain admission to an eligible TU/e master program.

2. Then candidates apply for an NFP fellowship through the Netherlands embassy or consulate in their own country by completing an NFP Application Form and submitting it together with all the required documents and information to the embassy or consulate. These forms can be obtained from the embassy or consulate or can be downloaded here).

3. The Embassy checks whether the candidate meets all criteria and sends the forms to the Nuffic (Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education).

4.The Nuffic decides how many fellowships will be available for each program and sends TU/e the list of NFP candidates.

5. TU/e then selects the candidates who will receive fellowships and informs candidates of its decision through the Dutch Embassy in their home country.

Application deadlines

Deadlines per country here.

The selection of candidates who have applied for an NFP fellowship will be in May. The Dutch providers will inform all candidates of their decisions towards the end of May.
Deadlines for application to a master program at the TU/e

The NFP fellowship procedures require a letter of admission from the TU/e. Therefore, students are strongly advised to start the application procedure for admission to the TU/e as early as possible and no later than 1 December 2011.

Applications after this date will not be assessed in time for the NFP deadline.
State on your TU/e application form that you are applying for NFP.

Click here for more information and application.

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