Netherlands Organizations for International Cooperation in Higher Education (NUFFIC) is currently inviting applications for the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) that are offered to promote capacity building within organisations in 61 countries. NFP programs aim to help alleviate qualitative and quantitative shortages of skilled manpower within a wide range of governmental, private and non-governmental organisations. Under NFP programs, training and education are provided to mid-career staff. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs funds NFP under the budget for development cooperation.
- Master’s degree programmes: Fellowships are available for a selected number of master’s degree programmes. These programmes are of duration of between 12 and 24 months. A master’s degree programme leads to a Dutch master’s degree.
- Short courses: Fellowships are available for a selected number of Short courses offered by Dutch institutions that provide professional training at post-secondary level. These courses are of duration of between two weeks and twelve months. The courses lead to a Dutch certificate or diploma.
- PhD studies: Fellowships are available for PhD research with a maximum duration of four years. You are allowed to seek alternative sources of funding. A minimum of 25% of your research must take place in an NFP country.
To be eligible for an NFP fellowship you must:
- be a mid-career professional with at least three years’ relevant work experience;
- be a national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the NFP country list valid at the time of application;
- be nominated by your employer, who pledges to continue paying your salary and guarantees that you will be able to return to the same or an equivalent position at the end of your fellowship period;
- have been unconditionally admitted by a Dutch institution to one of the Master’s degree programmes or Short courses on the 2012-2013 course list, or have agreed upon a PhD research proposal with the Dutch institution. This means that you must have met all the academic requirements set by the Dutch institution;
- not already have received an NFP fellowship for a master’s degree programme or a PhD fellowship.
- not already have received two NFP fellowships for a short course and you must not have already received a fellowship in the year preceding your application.
- have completed and submitted an NFP PhD study, master’s degree programme or short course application, including all the required documentation, before the applicable fellowship application deadline;
- be employed in an area to which the study will make a relevant contribution;
Your chances of obtaining an NFP scholarship go up if you:
- live and work in Sub-Saharan Africa;
- are a woman;
- belong to a priority groups and/or are from a marginalized region as defined by the Dutch embassy in your country.
Last date for submitting the applications is February 7, 2012.
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