The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes

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The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are designed to foster capacity building within organizations in 62 developing countries by providing training and education to their mid-career staff members.

The overall aim of the NFP is to help alleviate qualitative and quantitative shortages of skilled manpower and to do so within the framework of sustainable capacity-building directed towards reducing poverty in developing countries.

Target group:

While fellowships are awarded to individuals, the need for training must occur within the context of the organization for which an applicant works.

The training must help the organization to develop its capacity. The applicants must be nominated by their employers and an application without the support of an employer will not be considered.

Half of the available funding from the NFP budget should be spent on fellowships for female candidates and for candidates from sub-Saharan Africa.

The NFP offers the following sub-programmes:

  • Fellowships for master’s degree programmes
  • Fellowships for PhD studies
  • Fellowships for short courses

    Group Training:

  • Refresher courses
  • Tailor-made training courses


  • Applicants for PhD studies, master’s degree programmes or short courses must first gain academic admission to the course of their choice before applying for a fellowship through the Netherlands embassy or consulate in their country.
  • Applicants can only apply for an NFP fellowship if the course is on the NFP course list for that particular year.

    The NFP programme is offered every year

    For more information on the NFP Fellowship Programme including the application forms and a list of NFP countries, see: Netherlands Fellowship Programmes

    Also see: NFP Fellowships for Master’s Degree Programmes

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