Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) for Short Courses

For professionals from the 50 NFP countries to participate in a short course that is eligible for NFP funding at Leiden University.

The Netherlands Fellowship Programme, including the fellowships for short courses, is currently being redeveloped by Nuffic on behalf of the Dutch Ministy of Foreign Affairs. 


It is not yet known in what form the programme will continue. 


This webpage will be updated as soon as more information becomes available about the November 2017 deadline.

For whom?

  • You must be a professional and a national of, and working and living in one of the following countries.

  • You are unconditionally admitted to the short course (see step 1 of application procedure below).

  • You are nominated by your employer and have an employer’s statement that complies with the format EP-Nuffic has provided (see step 3 of the application procedure below).

  • You have an official and valid passport.

  • If applicable, you must have a gov6ernment statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established (see step 4 of the application procedure below).

  • Applicants are not 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 organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB) and international NGOs (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care).

NFP thematic priorities

The NFP budget, which is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is allocated as follows:

  • Category I countries are priority countries and receive more fellowships

  • 35% of the budget is earmarked for fellowships with a thematic focus on food security and private sector development

  • 50% of the budget is earmarked for applicants from Sub-Saharan Africa

  • 50% of the fellowships is earmarked for female applicants

What is covered by the NFP 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, tuition fee, visas, travel and insurance. If applicable, the fellowship holder is expected to cover the difference between the actual costs and the costs that are covered by the fellowship. Please be aware that you cannot receive more than one fellowship for the courses that take place at the same time.

Duration and application rounds

The NFP short course scholarship period is a minimum of 12 days and a maximum of 365 days. There are three application rounds each year:

  1. February/March

  2. June/July

  3. September/October

As NFP is currently being evaluated, the deadlines of June/July 2017 and September/October 2017 have been cancelled. The first deadline of the new programme is expected to be in November 2017. More information about this application round will be published in due course.

Obligations for fellowship holders

If you are selected to receive an NFP fellowship for your short course, then you have certain rights and responsibilities. You can read these in the 'Obligations for NFP and MSP fellowship holders' (version April 2016).

Available short courses

The International Tax Center, embedded in the Leiden Law faculty, will host two short courses that are eligible for NFP funding in the February/March 2017 deadline:

  • Fundamentals of International Tax Law, 28 August 2017 - 18 September 2017

  • Tax Treaties, 20 September 2017 - 4 December 2017

Please visit the International Tax Center website for more information on the content of the short courses and the admission procedure.

Application procedure

Step Procedure

Relevant deadlines to start a short course between
28 July
and 23 November 2017  


Apply to International Tax Center

There are several short courses eligible for the next NFP application deadline, all in the field of international tax law.

To apply for the short course that you wish to follow, please visit the website of International Tax Center for information about the courses and the application procedure.  

January -

March  2017


Statement employer

Ask your employer to write you a statement for the NFP Short Course fellowship using the prescribed EP-Nuffic format.

Please make sure that the statement meets all the prescribed criteria, is submitted on the organisation’s official letterhead paper, is signed by your superior and is provided with the official stamp of the organisation.

Please note that applications with incomplete or incorrect statements will automatically be rejected. 

January -

March 2017


Statement Government Authority (if applicable) 

Some NFP countries require a Government Statement. Please use this format to make sure the statement meets all the prescribed criteria. If you are unsure about the need for a government statement and/or whom to contact, you can check the following overview.


January - 
March 2017 

4  Prepare your application via Atlas

In Atlas you will have to answer three questions regarding your motivation (see below). We strongly recommend that you prepare your answers in a Word document, so you only have to copy/paste the text in Atlas.


1. What is the issue or problem you want to address in your country?

Please give a brief outline [in min 50 and max 1000 characters] of the issue or problem hindering the development of your country which you would like to contribute to solving, using the knowledge and expertise gained by attending the study programme or course.

2. How will this course enable you to address this issue?

Please explain [in min 50 and max 1000 characters] what knowledge and expertise you expect to gain from the course or study programme and how this specific knowledge and expertise can contribute to solving the issue or problem.

3. How will you address this issue with your position within your organisation?

Please describe [in min 50 and max 1000 characters] the position you hold in your organisation and explain why and how this position will enable you to address the issue or problem with the knowledge gained from the course or study programme. You do not need to include a detailed list of activities here, as a specific plan of activities forms part of the “employer’s statement” that has to be uploaded separately.


March 2017


Application for the NFP short course fellowship via Atlas 

Apply for the NFP Short Course fellowship via Atlas, the online application tool for NFP scholarships.

Please note that you need to upload:

1) A copy of your passport (or another form of identification)
2) An employer's statement
3) The admission letter of the International Tax Center
4) The statement of government authority (if applicable) 

Please note that your application will not be considered if one or more of these documents is missing. Each document can only be uploaded in PDF format and should not exceed 2 MB.


Online application can be submitted through Atlas till 23 March 2017.


Applications submitted after this date will not be taken into consideration.  


The Dutch embassy checks eligibility and assesses the application

The application will be sent to the Dutch Embassy of your home country. The Embassy checks the eligibility of the application and assesses the application. This assessment determines the score of the individual application and will result in a ranking of all the applications. 

April - May 2017

Selection by EP-Nuffic

The applications that are ranked the highest will be selected for the NFP fellowship. EP-Nuffic also takes into account the policy priorities of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
- 35% of the total NFP budget will be spent on fellowship with a thematic focus on food security and private sector development
- 50% of the budget is for applications from Sub-Sahara Africa
- 50% of fellowships has to be awarded to female applicants


1st half of

May 2017


Outcome selection process

The Scholarships Team of Leiden University will contact you regarding the outcome of the selection process.

End of May 2017

Holland Alumni Network

The Holland Alumni Network provides services to all alumni that have studied at Dutch higher education institutions. It organises events for alumni and/or alumni associations.

Alumni and alumni-to-be are encouraged to join, participate in, and/or set up (pre-)alumni activities. Several opportunities and funds for (pre-)alumni activities are available.

For more information, please visit the Holland Alumni Network website.

More information

For general information about the Netherlands Fellowship Programme, you can visit the Study in Holland website. You can also watch short videos of NFP alumni, talking about how their NFP studies contributed to their work.

If you have specific questions about the NFP short courses taught at Leiden University, please send an email to

Last Modified: 25-07-2017