The Netherlands Fellowship Program (NFP) is financed by the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs under its Development Cooperation budget. The NFP target group candidates are mid-career professionals who are nominated by their employers.
The NFP aims to help increase both the number and the competencies of skilled staff at a wide range of government and non-government organisations.
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 programs in the priority areas of:
•sexual and reproductive health
•rights and safety
•rule of law.
Please note that most of the TU/e Master’s programs do not have common ground with the focus areas of the NFP II program. This means that chances of gaining an NFP scholarship for a TU/e Master’s program are relatively small.
Priority is given to female candidates and to candidates coming from sub-Saharan Africa.
Applicants first have to gain unconditional admission to an eligible TU/e master’s program. The admission procedure for TU/e Master programs takes approximately 8 weeks.
Candidates starting the application procedure for admission to a TU/e Master’s program after 1 February 2017 are not assessed in time for the NFP deadline of 1 April 2017, thus are not eligible for an NFP scholarship.
Candidates who are not admitted to a TU/e master’s program should not use the online registration form.
- Applicants must be professionals and nationals of one of the 51 selected countries (see ‘Eligible countries’).
- must have an employer’s statement that complies with the format Nuffic has provided. All information must be provided and all commitments that are included in the format must be endorsed in the statement;
- must not be employed by an organization that has its own means of staff-development;
- must have an official passport which is valid for at least 3 more months when applying for a fellowship;
- must not receive more than one fellowship for courses that take place at the same time;
- must have a government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established (if applicable).
- Applicants must have sufficient mastery of the English language.
For a more detailed list of criteria, please go to the Nuffic’s NFP pages
Eligible TU/e Master's programs
A NFP scholarship can be used for all TU/e Master's programs.
A list of all eligible countries can be found on the Nuffic's NFP pages.
Costs covered and duration
The NFP scholarship is meant as a contribution towards cost of living, international travel, tuition fee, visas, health insurance and thesis research.
Scholarships are granted for the duration of the Master's program.
Application and selection procedure for Master's programs
- A candidate first has to gain unconditional admission to an eligible TU/e master’s program. The admission procedure for TU/e master programs takes approximately 8 weeks. Candidates starting the application procedure for admission to a TU/e master’s program after 1 February 2017 are not assessed in time for the NFP deadline of 1 April 2017, thus are not eligible for an NFP scholarship. Candidates who are not admitted to a TU/e master’s program should not use the online registration form. State on your TU/e application form that you are applying for NFP.
- A candidate must use the online candidate registration form to apply for an NFP fellowship.
- As of the beginning of February 2017 the online registration form is available for NFP candidates applying for the April 2017 deadline. The application must be completed and submitted online through the candidate registration form before the fellowship application deadline. Please mention your TU/e registration number (TMO number) on the candidate registration form.
- If a candidate is admitted to a TU/e master program, the institution will decide which candidate will be considered for an NFP fellowship. Nominees will then be checked by the embassy on the eligibility criteria which are:
- The degree to which you fit into the target group
- How well you would be able to implement the newly-acquired knowledge in your daily work
- To what extent the knowledge will contribute to the development of your home country. Your application will be assessed according to the country focus an embassy may have set
- How well your plans for the time after returning to your employer are described and how easily they can be implemented
TU/e will inform you about the outcome of the selection by email. If your application is successful, we will contact you by email to make all necessary (logistical) arrangements.
Deadlines for application
The NFP fellowship procedures require an unconditional admission from the TU/e. The admission procedure for TU/e master programs takes approximately 8 weeks
Students are therefore strongly advised to start the application procedure for admission to a TU/e master’s program as early as possible and no later than:
- 1 February 2017 for the fellowship application deadline of 1 April 2017
- 1 May 2017 for the fellowship application deadline of 1 August 2017
Applications after this date will not be assessed in time for the NFP deadline.
State on your TU/e application form that you are applying for NFP.