Netherlands Fellowship Program for Short Courses

Netherlands Government
Short Course

Deadline: 4 Feb/6 May/7 Oct 2014
Study in:  Netherlands
Course starts Mar-June 2015

Brief description:

Nuffic, through the Netherlands Fellowship Programme, provide scholarships for short courses in Netherlands for international students.  NFP fellowships can be used for a number of selected courses and are offered by education institutions in the Netherlands. The institutions provide professional training at post- secondary level in several fields of study. The courses lead to a Dutch certificate or a diploma and their duration varies from two weeks to twelve months.

Host Institution(s):

Dutch Universities and Institutions

Field(s) of study:

There are three deadlines for NFP for Short Courses:

View NFP course list for 2014-2015 for short courses, February 2014 deadline(53.2 KB)

View NFP course list for 2014-2015 for short courses, May 2014 deadline(84.5 KB)

View NFP course list for 2014-2015 for short courses, October 2014 deadline(76.8 KB)

Target group:

The NFP target group consists of professionals who are nationals of and work and live in an NFP country. The chances of obtaining an NFP fellowship increase if you live and work in Sub-Saharan Africa and/or if you are a woman.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

The fellowship compensates for three main categories of costs: a) study-related fees b) travel and c) subsistence. Costs in the categories a) and b) are entirely covered by the fellowship, whereas the amount provided in category c) is a contribution towards the actual costs. If applicable, the fellowship holder is expected to cover the difference between the actual costs and the NFP subsistence allowance.


A candidate applying for an NFP fellowship must:

• be a professional with at least three years’ relevant work experience;
• be a national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the NFP country list valid at the time of application;
• be nominated by your employer, who pledges to continue paying your salary and guarantees that you will be able to return to the same or an equivalent position at the end of your fellowship period;
• have been unconditionally admitted by a Dutch institution to one of the Master’s degree programmes or Short courses on the course list, or have agreed upon a PhD research proposal with the Dutch institution. This means that you must have met all the academic requirements set by the Dutch institution;
• not be employed by:

- a multinational corporation (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft);
– a large national and/or a large commercial organisation;
– a bilateral donor organisation (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid);
– a multilateral donor organisation, (e.g. a UN organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB);
– an international NGO (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care).

• have completed and submitted an NFP PhD study, master’s degree programme or short course fellowship application, including all the required documentation, before the applicable fellowship application deadline;
• be employed in a subject area to which the study will make a relevant contribution;
• have a clear-cut, work relationship with a relevant organisation and be in a position to introduce the newly acquired skills and knowledge into that organisation;
• be available full-time for the entire period of the programme or course and be physically and mentally able to take part in the entire programme;
• endorse the objective and the aim of the NFP and use your new knowledge and skills to support your employing organisation and your country. Nuffic urges you to return to your home country upon finishing the course or programme to meet the NFP aim in the most effective way.

•  not have accepted more than one NFP short course fellowship in the past;
•  not have accepted an NFP short course fellowship in the year prior to the fellowship application.

Application instructions:

Next round of applications open on 1 August 2014.

To be eligible for an NFP fellowship, candidates need to be admitted to the short course for which they would like an NFP fellowship. Thus, candidates must first apply for admission directly to the Dutch institution that offers the short course of their choice.  Candidates are strongly advised to start the application procedure for admission as early as possible.

Applications have to be submitted through Scholarships Online (SOL) by the deadline.  For 2014-2015, there are three deadlines for fellowship applications for short courses. The first two ones (4 February and 6 May) have already passed while the next and final deadline is 7 October 2014.

It is important to read the NFP  Rules and Regulations 2014-2015 and visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.


Official Scholarship Website:

Related Scholarships: List of Schoalrships in Netherlands

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