NFP (Netherlands Fellowship Programmes)

The NFP is a Dutch scholarships programme that aims to help reduce the shortage of skilled workers in 51 countries. All NFP study programmes are offered by Dutch providers.

The target group are professionals who work in one of the 51 countries:

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By completing a study programme in the Netherlands, they will return to their jobs with the skills to further develop and strengthen the organisations that employ them.

How to apply

Information for applicants is published on our Study in Holland website.

Types of study programmes

Dutch providers offer the following types of NFP study programmes: 

  • short courses
    2-52 weeks, in English and sometimes French
  • master’s degree programmes
    9-24 months, in English
  • PhD studies
    partly in the Netherlands, partly in the country of origin
  • TMT (Tailor-Made Training) programmes
    designed to meet specific needs of a requesting organisation in an NFP country 

In addition, there are seperate funds for alumni activities.

Priority areas

The NFP is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the budget for development cooperation. The individual Dutch embassy in each NFP country has its own focus area to support the development goals of the Netherlands in that country. The scholarships are further prioritised as follows: 

  • 35% of the budget is for study programmes in food security and private sector development.
  • 50% of the budget is for applications from Sub Saharan Africa.
  • 50% of fellowships has to be awarded to female applicants. 

Offering a study programme under NFP

If you would like students to be eligible for NFP funding for your study programme, you can request to have it included in the NFP course list by filling in our contact form.

last modified Dec 21, 2014 08:50 AM
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