Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP)

The Netherlands Fellowship Program (NFP) promotes capacity building within organizations in 51 countries by providing fellowships for training and education for professionals. The NFP is initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the budget for development cooperation.

The aim of the NFP

The NFP aims to help increase both the number and the competencies of skilled staff at a wide range of government and non-government organizations.
Each embassy has its own focus area to support the development goals of the Netherlands in each NFP country. The overall objective is to spend 35% of the budget on grants and study programmes in food security and private sector development.
The fellowships are further prioritized as follows:

    • 50% of the budget is for applications from Sub Saharan Africa.
    • 50% of fellowships has to be awarded to female applicants

For a complete overview of all NFP scholarship requirements, please check Study in Holland.

Application procedure Vrije Universiteit


Step 1: Apply for academic admission directly at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Your admission must be unconditional in terms of your education and language proficiency. Conditional admission may be granted only subject to you finding suitable funding for the programme.
You are strongly advised to seek academic admission as early as possible to allow the institution to process your application in time. We advise you to contact a professor to discuss your research plan in an early stage. For more information about PhD’s and funding can be found here.

Step 2: Apply for the NFP PhD scholarship via Atlas

Apply for the NFP PhD scholarship via Atlas, the online application tool for NFP scholarships.

In Atlas you will have to answer these three questions:

    - What is the issue 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 in your organization?

You will need to upload the following documents in Atlas. Each uploaded document should be prepared in PDF format and not exceed 2MB:

    • Copy passport
    • Employer’s statement  
    • Admission letter from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam signed by supervisor/ promotor. 
    • Government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established (if applicable)

Deadline for your application in Atlas is: 15th of October 2016

Step 3: Nomination

From all applicants who have applied, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam nominates a selected group for an NFP scholarship and informs Nuffic about their nomination. Applicants will be informed by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam whether they have been nominated at the end of October

Step 4: Selection

Nuffic decides which of the nominated candidates will be selected for the NFP scholarship. They will award the scholarships mid-January 2017.

Step 5: Practicalities

When a NFP scholarship is awarded; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will be responsible for all practical issues related to the arrival and stay of the selected candidate.