Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) for Developing Countries’ Students 2017-2018


Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) for Developing Countries’ Students , and Deadline to apply for each institute differs. Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation annually awards fully-funded Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP). The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) promote capacity building within organisations in 51 countries 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 coursesMaster’s degree programmesPhD studies.The NFP is meant for professionals who are nationals of and work and live in one of the 51 NFP countries. Candidates have to be nominated by their employer to be eligible for the fellowship. NFP will be awarded for master degree programmes, PhD and short courses at a Dutch higher education institution which offers the NFP-qualified course. The chances of obtaining an NFP fellowship increase if applicants live and work in Sub-Saharan Africa and/or if they are women. Candidates now need to apply for an NFP fellowship directly at the Dutch education institution, instead of applying with Nuffic. Full details:

School(Institutions/ Country): | Netherlands

Level: masters degree programmes, short courses and PhD Studies at a Dutch higher education institution which offers the NFP-qualified course.

Field(s): all subjects offered by Dutch higher education institutions.

Deadline: You need to apply directly with a Dutch higher education institution of your choice,. Deadline to apply for each institute differs. 

Funded By: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation.

Beneficiaries(Target Groups): Netherlands Fellowship Programme is targeted for Students of Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Colombia, Djibouti, DR Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Macedonia, Mali, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, 

Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Surinam, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe can apply for the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes. The chances of obtaining an NFP fellowship increase if you live and work in Sub-Saharan Africa and/or if you are a woman.

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions):

Award No: not Specified

Scholarship Duration: The Netherlands Fellowship Programme is only intended for the duration of the course or programme for which the fellowship holder has been selected: PhD degree programmes research with a maximum duration of four years and Short courses with duration of two weeks and twelve months and master’s degree programmes with a duration of between 12 and 24 months.

Scholarship covers: 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.

Description

 The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) promote capacity building within organisations in 51 countries 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 coursesMaster’s degree programmesPhD studiesIn addition, there are seperate funds for tailor-made training courses and alumni activities.Read more about NFP Tailor-Made Training on www.nuffic.nl/tmtRead more about NFP alumni activities on www.hollandalumni.nl

 Aim of the NFP

 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:

  • 50% of the budget is for applications from Sub Saharan Africa.
  • 50% of fellowships has to be awarded to female applicants.

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.

For whom?

 The NFP is meant for professionals who are nationals of and work and live in one of the 51 NFP countries. The countries have been classified into two categories (I and II). Category I countries are priority countries and will receive more fellowships.

 Candidates have to be nominated by their employer to be eligible for the fellowship. There also has to be a clear need for training within the context of the organisation.

Eligibility

‣ The 2017-2018 Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) is meant for professionals who are nationals of and work and live in one of the 51 NFP countries. 

‣ The countries have been classified into two categories (I and II). Category I countries are priority countries and will receive more fellowships.

‣ Candidates have to be nominated by their employer to be eligible for the fellowship. There also has to be a clear need for training within the context of the organisation. 

‣ You must meet a number of criteria that support the aim of the 2016 Netherlands Fellowship Programme ( 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 Nuffic has provided. All information must be provided and all commitments that are included in the format must be endorsed in the statement;
  • 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 organization, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB) and 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).

Selection Criteria for 2016-2017 Netherlands Fellowship Programme

‣ The fellowships are awarded in a very competitive selection to highly motivated professionals with at least three years’ work experience who are in a position to introduce the newly-acquired skills and knowledge into their employing organization.

Obligations

Obligations for NFP and MSP fellowship holders

Notification:

‣ The outcome of the selection becomes available about 16 weeks after the fellowship application deadline

Scholarship Application Method 

Application process for the Nuffic NFP Scholarship

1) Submit your Master, Certificate or Short Course application at Van Hall Larenstein

You first have to submit your application for admission to a Short Course, Certificate or Master programme at Van Hall Larenstein University. We will perform an eligibility check and let you know whether you can be admitted to the programme.

Application deadline for NFP candidates: Master and Certificate NFP candidates should apply at Van Hall Larenstein before 28th February 2017. Short Course NFP candidates students should keep an eye on this website for updates.

For detailed instructions on how to submit your application for a study programme at Van Hall Larenstein, please consult our Enrolment page.

You will need to start your application by registering for the study programme of your choice in Studielink, which is the Dutch national student registration platform. Afterwards, you will be asked to send a copy of your passport to the International Office of Van Hall Larenstein, who will send you instructions for the next step.

From there, you will continue to Van Hall Larenstein’s application system called SIS. You will need to register in the SIS system and upload a number of required documents, including a CV with a detailed description of your work experience and a letter of motivation of approximately 150-250 words. Please use the Europass format to complete your CV.
 
Important:  In your CV or motivation letter, you will need to state that you wish to apply for the Nuffic NFP scholarship. This is to ensure Van Hall Larenstein knows whether it needs to send you the instructions for the NFP application. Please also briefly explain in your CV or motivation letter why you would like to receive the NFP scholarship.

2) Register in the Atlas scholarship application system

After Van Hall Larenstein has performed the eligibility check, you will receive a letter (email) informing you about the results. Candidates who have been found eligible to be admitted to a study programme at Van Hall Larenstein University will receive a Letter of Conditional Admittance. This letter will contain a link to the Atlas application system and detailed instructions on how to submit your scholarship application.

The Atlas application system will open around 3rd February and close around 17th March 2017. Please make sure you register in the Atlas system before 17th March 2017.

Please note that the set of documents required for the application at Van Hall Larenstein and for the scholarship differ. For the list of required documents needed for your application at Van Hall Larenstein, please consult our Enrolment page. Regarding the NFP application, you will need to prepare a number of additional documents and upload them in the Atlas system. The set of required documents for the NFP application includes:

  • Employer statement
  • Government statement (if applicable)
  • Admission letter / letter of Supervisor (optional)
  • Copy of passport
  • Possible other documents. The system will inform the candidate which documents are required.

3) Results

After you have submitted your NFP application in Atlas, your request will be processed by Nuffic. Van Hall Larenstein will inform you about the results and the next steps between the end of May and mid-June 2017. 

We advise you to start applying for a Master or Certificate programme at Van Hall Larenstein immediately after the Studielink application system opens 1 November 2016. This way, you can make sure that your application will be processed before the Atlas scholarship application portal opens.

Please bear in mind that you need to agree with the rules and regulations of the NFP. Please consult the Obligations for NFP Fellowship Holders, you can find the obligations here.

‣ Scholarship Application Due Date: You need to apply directly with a Dutch higher education institution of your choice,. Deadline to apply for each institute differs. 

‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website

‣ It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

For more Information about 2017-18 Netherlands Fellowship Programme



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