The Dutch Government calls on prospective Graduate students who are sub-Saharan Africans to apply for the 2014-15 Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) for sub-Saharan Africans hosted at the University of Twente. The fellowship is a part of the much bigger Netherlands Fellowship Programme. The fellowship aims to foster capacity building within organizations in 50 developing countries by providing training and education to their mid-career staff members at the University of Twente.
Preference will be given to candidates from Sub-Saharan Africa, women and members of priority groups and/or marginalized regions. The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes is an initiative of the Dutch government
Worth of Awards

  • subsistence allowance
  • tuition fee
  • housing
  • international travel
  • insurance
  • personal allowance
  • study materials
  • visa costs
  • travel within the Netherlands

Eligible Contries:

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

To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Be a national of, and working and living in one of the developing countries on the NFP country list above at the time of application
  • Be a mid-career professional with at least three years work experience
  • Be nominated by his/her 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 the University of Twente to one of the master degree programmes. This means that you must have met all admission requirements set by the University of Twente
  • Not already have received an NFP master’s degree fellowship
  • Have completed an NFP Master’s Degree Programme application form and have submitted all the required documentation to the Netherlands embassy or consulate
  • Not be employed by a multinational, UN organization, World Bank, IMF, bilateral or multilateral donor organization, or a large national, commercial organization
  • Have completed and submitted an NFP master’s degree programme application, including all the required documentation, before the fellowship application deadline
  • Be employed in an area to which the study will make a relevent contribution
  • Have a clear-cut, functional relationship with a relevant organization and be in a position to introduce the newly acquired skills and knowledge into that organization
  • Offer evidence of proficiency in speaking and writing the language of instruction
  • Be available for the entire period of the programme and be physically and mentally able to take part in the entire programme

How to Apply
Before applying for an NFP fellowship, it is important to realise and consider that:

  • Applying for an NFP fellowship often takes time and effort and costs money, but might not lead to an NFP fellowship as Nuffic receives thousands of applications each year.
  • Applying for a fellowship numerous times does not increase your chances of receiving a fellowship.

Before you start your NFP fellowship application you must do the following:

  • Read all information available on the NFP webpages.
  • Prepare and/or collect all the necessary application documents.

To be eligible for an NFP fellowship, you must be admitted to the master’s degree programme, short course or PhD study, for which you would like to use the fellowship.
Please note that the information provided on this website applies to the February 2014 and May 2014 deadlines. More information on new procedures for the October 2014 deadline and onwards will be made available in mid 2014 on
Obtain academic admission

  • You must apply for academic admission directly at the Dutch institution. 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. Ask the Dutch institution what their deadline for academic admission is.
  • The academic admission process for a PhD study is an individual track. Ask the Dutch institution what the requirements and deadlines are.
  • You are only allowed to apply for one NFP fellowship per deadline.

Deadline: Application closes on February 4, 2014
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