Netherlands Fellowship for CDI Short Courses: 15 New Courses that you can Apply for

Deadline: 20 October 2015

Wageningen UR Center for Development Innovation in the Netherlands yearly offers more than 35 short courses in the field of food & nutrition security, sustainable markets, ecosystem governance, adaptive agriculture, conflict, disaster and resonstruction; and innovation and change. Intended to the working professionals, these short courses support in the capacity building and enhancement of knowledge for their growth and development. The participants are supported by Netherlands Fellowships, MENA Scholarships and others, this benefits the applicants from developing regions.

The Centre for Development Innovation offers over 35 courses in the following fields

  • Food & Nutrition Security
  • Sustainable Markets
  • Adaptive Agriculture
  • Ecosystem Governance
  • Conflict, Disaster & Reconstruction
  • Innovation & Change

Once again, CDI is accepting applications from eligible working professionals to participate in the short courses. Here is a list of 15 such short courses in different issues, please go through the courses and apply for the relevant program. If you belong to NFP (Netherlands Fellowship Program) Country, you can secure the fellowships to participate in the short course.

How to Apply for CDI?

  • Register for a course of your interest on the website by clicking the ‘Apply here’ button.
  • Log in with your username and password, or if you do not have an account at CDI yet, create an new account
  • Follow the instructions and fill in all the required fields.
  • After you have completed the application form, you will receive a confirmation email with the registration details.
  • If applicable, CDI will send you the NFP/MENA/StuNed admission letter as soon as possible.

List of NFP Countries

Afghanistan, Mali, Albania, Nepal, Bangladesh, Mozambique, Armenia, Nicaragua, Benin, Myanmar (Burma)Bolivia, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Peru, Burundi, Palestinian Territories, Cambodia, Philippines, Colombia, Rwanda, Cuba, Senegal, Djibouti, Somalia, DR Congo, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, South Africa, Egypt, Sudan, Ghana, South Sudan, Eritrea, Surinam, India, Tanzania, Georgia, Thailand, Indonesia, Uganda, Guatemala, Zambia, Kenya, Vietnam, Jordan, Zimbabwe, Yemen, Macedonia, Mongolia.

Who is eligible for NFP?

  • Applicants must be the nationals of 51 NFP countries( stated above) working as a professionals.
  • Candidates have to be nominated by their employer to be eligible for the fellowship.
  • Applicant must meet a number of criteria that support the aim of the NFP. To be eligible, applicant-
  1. must be a national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the NFP country list
  2. must have an employer’s statement that complies with the format Nuffic has provided.
  3. must not be 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 organization, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB), international NGO’s (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care)
  4. must have an official and valid passport
  5. must not receive more than one fellowship for courses that take place at the same time;
  6. must have a government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established (if applicable).

How to apply for NFP?

  • First, register for the CDI Short course that you want to participate via online registration method.
  • CDI will send an NFP admission letter (along with instructions on how to apply) after reviewing the completed application.
  • NFP fellowship application can only be submitted through the online form provided by CDI.

Before starting NFP application, prepare the following documents in advance

  • Motivation: (answering the following questions, stated by Nuffic)
  • What is the issue or problem you want to address in your country?
  • How will this course enable you to address this issue?
  • How will you address this issue with your position within your organization?
  • Copy of identity (in PDF format)
  • Employer statement (in PDF format), according this format
  • Government statement (in PDF format), if applicable.

Note: Applicants will be informed by CDI 8 weeks after the closing date of Netherlands Fellowship application about the outcome of NFP selection.



  1. Dears,

    Where to list the course and where to apply?
    I need the link. I didn’t find it

    B. Regards

  2. how can we register there no link to register on and send the application

  3. Este cel mairelevant text despre Netherlands Fellowship for CDI Short Courses.

  4. Gerald Ainebyona says:


    I am a Ugandan, working in another country as a lecturer of Conflict Resolution and Peace Building) which is also on the list of the NEP countries (Somalia), am I eligible to apply please?

    Thank you.

    Gerald Ainebyona

    • Rashmi Kanti says:

      Hello Gerald,
      Applicants must be the nationals of 51 NFP countries( stated on the article) who are working as a professionals. If you fulfills this eligibility condition, then only you can apply for these short courses. For detailed information regarding eligibility, please visit the link given on the last line “For more information….”
      Thank you!

  5. Nikoloz says:

    I am working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. Can I apply for these courses?

    • Rashmi Kanti says:

      Hello Nikoloz,
      Check if Georgia is in the list of NFP eligible countries. You can only be eligible if you fulfill all the eligibility criteria mentioned in the post. Get the detailed information on eligibility visiting the link on the line ” For more infoprmation….”
      Thank You!

  6. Joseph O. Beyan Jr says:

    I am from Liberia and I am interested in the fellowship but my country is not mentioned on the list. Would you please help me? I am ready interested.


  7. Joseph O. Beyan Jr says:

    I am from Liberia, I am Joseph O. Beyan Jr, a student of conflict resolution and public management. I checked through the list but Liberia is not part of the countries list therefore I am concern why.
    Please help me cause I am interested in this Fellowship.


    • Rashmi Kanti says:

      Hello Joseph,
      We are not the organizers of these short courses. Please contact NFP for further queries and support. The link to the original website can be found below the article.
      Thank You!

  8. Kwizera Innocent says:

    Iam a Ugandan,with a BSc.Economics/Geography,currently participating agricultural innovations that aimed at conserving the environment and improving food security and household income,am I illegible?

    • Hello Kwizera,

      Uganda is in the list of eligible countries. To get more information on eligibility criteria, you may read the next article and visit the link in ‘For more information…’ line.

      Good luck!

  9. Gabriel says:

    I am writing from Gambia
    I am an Orthopaedic Technologist
    it appears Gambia is not in the list of eligible countries for this program
    Kindly advise me

    • Hi Gabriel,

      The fellowship for short courses is offered by Wageningen UR Center and not by our organization. We are not a funding organization, we are a social enterprise that provides fundraising guides.

      To get detailed information, follow the next article.

      Thank you!

  10. eyomu raymond says:

    I received a reply from the same institute for the course of Promoting entrepreneurship & agribusiness development which I had applied for, giving a reason that, ‘No eligibility check’ for not considering me for the course.Can i be guided on the meaning of that to guide in applying for the new courses currently advertised by you?

    • Rashmi Kanti says:

      Hello Eyomu,
      These short courses opportunity has been organised by Wageningen UR Center for Development Innovation. We have just made an informative article about this.
      Your application will only be accepted if you fulfill all the eligibility criteria mentioned in the post.
      Please contact organizers for further details.
      Thank you!

  11. Dear Friends,
    I am interested to under go the training as I would like to learn and implement the actions in my area of operation , Odisha state. i am working in the social field for the development of Adivasis, Dalits and other socially deprived section of community since 33 years. please allow me for the course.

    • Hi Jagannadha,

      The short courses is organized by Wageningen UR Center. Read the next article and visit the link given in last line of the article.

      Good luck!

  12. Hello, I am Imran yaqoob from Pakistan.This is my NGO Registered. The name of my NGO is (Flame of hope for women and children) I am the president of my registered NGO. I am interested very much in your short course program, especially
    Please would you give information on how to apply? I didn’t get how to apply button.

    • Hi Imran,

      Please read the “How to Apply for CDI?” section in above article carefully. To get detailed information on application process, visit the link given in ‘For more information line…’ in the next article.

      Good luck!

  13. I am interested in being a part of your training. But, my country Liberia is on the list of countries per your selection of country
    Please advise.

    • Hi Alphonso,

      The opportunity is organized by Wageningen UR Cente and not by us. We only provide resource guide on fundraising.

      To get detailed information on eligibility criteria, read next article and visit the link in ‘For more information…’ line.

      Good luck!

  14. Interested in the Short courses especially to do with women entrepreneurs and food/nutrition but I am from Papua NewGuinea, Am I still eligible?

    • Hi Sarah,

      Papua NewGuinea is not in the list of eligible countries. To get detailed information on eligibility criteria/application process, visit the link in “Next” article.

      Thank you!

  15. Tulime Organization Tanzania is a Non Governmental Organization with a purpose of realizing Community Development in Tanzania. One of the main activity we have been and we are interested to is issues related to climate change. Please, can i have a link for the application of short courses.

    • Hi Deo,

      Link is present in next article, click the “next” link and visit the link given in ‘For more information…’ line.

      Good luck!

  16. Kannaro says:

    Can you instruct me how to register on CDI?

    • Hi Kannaro,

      Go to the next article and visit the link provided in ‘For more information…’ line.

  17. T. Woibah Suwo says:

    Dear Bella, I am now aware that your organization is NOT the sponsor of the NFP. The questions which I would very much appreciate were you to relay to the NFP authority are: 1) what are the criteria for selecting the beneficiary countries on this list? 2) how often this list is updated? To my utmost surprise. I have closely follow-up with the NFP program for the past 10 years and have not seen any new member/entrant, and 3) is this a scholarship of bilateral interest? If this is the case, many countries that do not have good bilateral standing with The Netherlands will need to stop reading scholarship announcement.

    • Hello Woibah,

      For detailed information on opportunity/eligibility criteria/application process, please read the next article and visit the link given in ‘For more information…’ line.

      Good luck!

  18. linda ochagla says:

    I still can’t see where I can apply for the course, please is it possible for you to post the link here?

    • Hello Linda,

      Go to the next article and visit the link provided in ‘For more information…’ line.

      Thank you!

  19. Naresh C. Madhu says:

    I am working in Bangladesh and highly motivated to the courses. Really the courses are so much important considering the present situation and development paradigm. Bangladesh is now one of the country considering climate change’s adverse effect.
    So the courses will helpful for our country. I am interested to be one of the participant of the courses.

    • Hi Naresh,

      You can be a part of CDI short courses as your country Bangladesh is in the list of eligible countries.

      All the best!

  20. Vijaya Gautam says:

    I am Vijaya Gautam from Nepal. I am very motivated to participate in the innovation and change program.

    I am working in Restless Development, an international NGO working on youth development. Though it is an international organisation, Restless Development does not have specific staff development programs rather than some rarely organized training on stuffs like reporting and documentation. Are these programs completely not for someone like me assuming that ALL INGOs have their own staff development programs? Or is there some way that I can join this exciting program?

    If they are really assuming that all INGOs have such programs on their own, then, I hereby would like to have my suggestions to review this criteria.

    Looking forward for your kind response. Thank you.

    • Hello Vijaya,
      Please read the eligibility criteria and application process carefully. To get detailed information, go to next article and visit the link provided in the ‘For more information…’ line and proceed.
      Good luck!

  21. Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad says:

    I am serving as Assistant Professor at the Department of Teacher Education, University of Karachi; one of the largest public Sector Universities in Pakistan. I intent to get training about Post Conflict/Emergency Education.The theme is on National Education Policy main agenda. Am I eligible?

    • Hello Imtiaz,
      Eligibility Criteria is different for different courses. Read next articles linked with ‘Next/Previous’ links and proceed to apply for suitable project.
      Good luck!

  22. Angelique NDAYISHIMIYE says:

    Hello, I am Angelique from Burundi, Association for the defense of women’ Rights (ADDF), we are local Registered with NGO board Burundi, our organization work with women and children. I am interested very much in your short course program, especially
    in the area of food security and nutrition security. Please would you give information on how to apply? I didn’t get how to apply button.

    Best regards!

  23. Okwii Samuel says:

    Helo,iam Okwii Samuel From Uganda,iam Not Working But Iam Also Interested Doing A Course That May Fit My Level,iam Just Requesting You To Give Me A Chance.With More Greetings.

    • Hello Okwii,
      Please read next articles to get detailed information on courses/eligibility criteria/application process by visiting the link provided in ‘Next/previous’ line.
      Good luck!

  24. How long is your short course? Is it offered by a university?


    • Hello Motladi,
      The course is offered by ‘Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation’ and the course duration is different for every short courses. To get more details on each course, please visit next articles in continuation.
      Thank you!

  25. Yishak Gecho says:

    I am from Ethiopia, working as instructor in one of government universities in Rural development and Agricultural Extension Department. I am interested very much in your short course program, especially in the area of food security.

    Please, would you give information on how to apply? I didn’t get how to apply button.

    With best regards!

    • Hello Yishak,
      Visit the next article in the series. To get the detailed information on eligibility criteria/application process/the opportunity, please visit the link on the line ‘For more information…’ and proceed.
      Good luck!

  26. Murray Allie Conteh says:

    Would you please create place for Sierra Leone as we do have huge numbers of slums that related to disaster.

  27. Alphonso Quamele says:

    It has always been my concern to know why Liberia is always out of your list of eligible countries.

  28. I realized that Togo is not one of the NFP countries. Would it be possible to know if Togolese can apply for the course. Thanks for responding.

    • Hello Kwami,
      Your country can only apply if your country’s name is in the list of eligible countries. To get the detailed information on eligibility criteria/application process/the opportunity, please visit the link on the line ‘For more information…’ and proceed.
      Good luck!