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.
- For whom?
- What is covered by the NFP fellowship?
- Duration and application rounds
- Obligations for fellowship holders
- Available short courses
- Application procedure
- Holland Alumni Network
- More information
- 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).
You cannot receive more than one fellowship for the courses that take place at the same time.
The NFP budget, which is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is allocated as follows:
- Category I countries are priority countries and will receive more fellowships
- 35% of the budget goes towards fellowships with a thematic focus on food security and private sector development
- 50% of the budget goes towards applicants from Sub-Saharan Africa
- 50% of the fellowships has to be awarded to female applicants
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.
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:
February/March 2017 is for short courses starting between 28 July 2017 and 23 November 2017. Please note that these dates might be subject to change and that more information about this application round will be published in due course.
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).
The International Tax Center, embedded in the Leiden Law faculty, will host several short courses that are eligible for NFP funding in the February/March 2017 deadline. More information about these courses will become available in January 2017.
Relevant deadlines to start a
Apply to International Tax Center
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.
Statement Government Authority (if applicable)
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.
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.
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.
Application for the NFP short course fellowship via Atlas
Online application can be submitted through Atlas till 23 March 2017.
Applications submitted after this date will not be taken into consideration.
The link to the application form will be made available in January 2017.
The Dutch embassy checks eligibility and assesses the application
|April - May 2017|
Selection by EP-Nuffic
1st half of
Outcome selection process
End of May 2017
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.