The Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic), an independent nonprofit agency offers the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) to support participants from developing countries to attend short courses and also full-time Master’s and PhD sub-programmes in the Netherlands. It is a partner of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture & Science and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. NFP is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affaris under its development cooperation.
NFP aims to qualitative and quantitative shortages of skilled manpower in NGOs, governments and also private institutions. To fulfill this aim, it provides full scholarship support to mid-career professionals from these organizations.
What does the Fellowship Offer?
The fellowship provides a stipend to supplement the salary that the fellowship holder should continue to receive (at least partially) during the study period. The allowance is considered to be a contribution towards the costs of living for the fellowship holder, whether in the Netherlands or in another country. The fellowship can cover the costs of tuition fees, visas, travel, insurance and thesis research, as specified in the NFP Rules and regulations for fellowship holders.
The Hague Academy for Local Governance is organizing the following courses for which NFP fellowships are available.
- Decentralisation, Democratisation and Development in The Hague from 11 – 22 March 2013
- Leadership and Municipal Management in The Hague from 8 – 19 April, 2013
- Peacebuilding and Local Governance in The Hague from 27 May – 7 June, 2013
- Citizen Participation and Accountability in The Hague from 17 – 28 June, 2013
To apply for the fellowships to attend the above courses, you are required to first submit your application directly to The Hague Academy expressing your interest to participate in the specific course and you wish to seek fellowship for it. After submitting your application, you then need to register at the Nuffic’s online system called Scholarships Online (SOL). The deadline to apply for the fellowships for the above courses is October 2, 2012. For more information, visit this link.