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Dutch Govt scholarships for International Students

Sometime it is difficult to get full scholarship for a degree program. But this does NOT mean that students should stop looking for scholarships.

Short Courses Fellowships are one of the best way to enhance your chance to get full scholarship. By short courses fellowship students can get international exposure and this can be very useful in their long term career development which may help in getting full degree scholarship later.

Many world class universities offer short courses fellowships and Dutch Govt Fellowships are one of the most popular one.

They offer fellowships in many areas, including Agriculture, forestry and fishery, Architecture and town planning, Business administration and

management, Education and Teacher Training, Engineering, Environmental Science, Fine and applied arts and General programmes.

NFP Short Courses Fellowships

NFP fellowships for short courses can be used for a number of selected courses and are offered by education institutions in the Netherlands. The institutions provide professional training at post-secondary level in several fields of study. The courses lead to a Dutch certificate or a diploma and their duration varies from two weeks to twelve months.

The list of selected short courses can be downloaded below. Please note that this is a provisional list and that information is subject to change. Please regularly check the Nuffic website for the latest information.

Fellowship Details

An NFP fellowship is intended to supplement the salary that the fellowship holder should continue to receive (at least partially) during the study period. The allowance is considered to be a contribution towards the cost of living for one person, whether in the Netherlands or in another country. It should be noted that NFP allowances are not sufficient to support family members, either in the home country or in the Netherlands.

The fellowship can cover the costs of tuition fees, visas, travel, insurance and thesis research, as specified in the NFP booklet ‘Rules and regulations for fellowship holders’. Different conditions may apply to e-learning courses or programmes. These conditions are also listed in the Rules and Regulations booklet.

A candidate applying for an NFP fellowship for a short course must: be a mid-career professional with at least three years’ work experience; be a national of and working and living in one of the developing countries on the NFP country list valid at the time of application; be nominated by his or her employer, who pledges to continue paying the candidate’s salary and guarantees the candidate will be able to return to an equivalent position at the end of the fellowship period.

Partial payment of salary can sometimes be allowed as an exception to the rule. It is up to the Dutch embassy to decide if an agreement between the employer and the candidate about partial continuation of payment of salary is acceptable.

It should be noted, however, that NFP allowances are not sufficient to support family members, either in the home country or in the Netherlands; have been unconditionally admitted by a Dutch institution to one of the short courses on the course list 2011-2012.

This means that the applicant must have met all the requirements set by the Dutch institution; not have received more than one NFP short course fellowships; not have received an NFP short course fellowship in the year prior to the fellowship application;

Not be employed by:

– a multinational corporation (e.g. Shell, Unilever);

– a large national and/or commercial organisation;

– a bilateral donor organisation (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, BuZa, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid);

– a multilateral donor organisation, (e.g. a UN organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB);

– an international NGO (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care). have completed and submitted an NFP short course application form including all the required documentation before the fellowship application deadline; be employed in an area to which the study will make a relevant 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; be available for the entire period of the course and be physically and mentally able to take part in the entire course; endorse the objective and the aim of the NFP.

The aim of the NFP cannot be reached if the fellowship holder does not return to his or her own country.

Nuffic would like to urge fellowship holders to return to their home country upon finishing the course or programme to meet the NFP aim in the most effective way; comply with country-specific rules set by the Netherlands embassy (for more information please contact the Netherlands Embassy or consulate in your home country).

Application procedure:,Application deadlines is 1 October 2011.


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