The Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education (EP-NUFFIC) offers fellowships to participate in training courses in The Netherlands. The aim is to promote capacity building within organisations in eligible countries via training and education for professionals. This is initiated and (almost) fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the budget for development cooperation.

Nuffic offers StuNed, NFP and MSP fellowships:

StuNed (Dutch-Indonesian scholarship programme) is a scholarship programme that is a part of the bilateral cooperation between the Dutch and Indonesian government. The main objectives of StuNed are to strengthen the human resources in Indonesian organisations and the bilateral relations between the Netherlands and Indonesia at the same time. For more information about this scholarship and how to apply see:  http://www.nesoindonesia.or.id/beasiswa/stuned/stuned-english-version

The Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) for short courses offers scholarships for participants living and working in one of the following 50 countries. For more information about a NFP Scholarship, please see: https://www.studyinholland.nl/scholarships/highlighted-scholarships/netherlands-fellowship-programmes

The MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) aims to contribute to the democratic transition in one of the 10 participating countries in the Middle East and North Africa region. It also aims at building capacity within organisations by enabling employees to take part in short courses in various fields of study. For more information about the MENA Scholarship Programme, see: https://www.studyinholland.nl/scholarships/highlighted-scholarships/mena-scholarship-programme

(Applicants from Egypt and Jordan (45 years or younger) are eligible for both NFP and MSP Scholarships. You can only apply for one of the two. If you meet the eligibility criteria of MSP, we recommend that you apply for a this Scholarship.)

How to apply for StuNed:

  • Check if you meet the StuNed eligibility criteria and download the StuNed scholarship application form from Nuffic Neso Indonesia’s website: www.nesoindonesia.or.id/;
  • Apply at The Hague Academy through the “regular”online application form of the course you would like to participate in. See here an overview of our 2017 courses. (they might not all be eligible for a StuNed scholarship).
  • In the course application form, select the funding type: StuNed;
  • We will assess your application and provide you with a Letter of Admittance if you qualify;
  • Submit your Letter of Admittance, together with your application form and all other necessary documents to Nuffic Neso Indonesia before their deadline at www.nesoindonesia.or.id/
  • You will be notified about the scholarship awards through Nuffic Neso Indonesia.

How to apply for NFP or MSP Fellowship:

The next opportunity to apply for NFP and MSP Scholarships will start on the 24th January 2017. See the following link for more information about the training courses which are open for application:

  • Multilevel Water Governance (18 – 29 September 2017)
  • Conflict, Rule of Law and Local Security (30 October – 10 November 2017)
  • Local Economic Development (20 November- 1 December 2017)

Application procedure:

Important information before starting your application:

  • Please read the Obligations for NFP and MSP applicants before you start your application.
  • Read the step-by-step instructions and requirements and prepare all the documents in advance. Without these documents you will not be able to complete your application.
  • Only applications that comply with all the prescribed requirements will be assessed. You are personally responsible for the quality of your application!
  • All supporting documents must be uploaded in PDF format and must not exceed 2 MB. The following instruction can assist you: Converting documents to PDF. 
  • All these steps need to be taken before the application deadline of 7th March 2017.
  • Please carefully check your appllication before submitting. Once your application has been submitted, there will be no further correspondence or opportunity to replace/correct documents.
  • NOTE: Only applicants who have been admitted to proceed into the next round will be notified before the 15th of March 2017. This decision is final and not subject of discussion and/or correspondence.

Step 1:  Check eligibility

In order to qualify for a NFP Scholarship, you need to meet the following selection criteria. You must:

  • be a national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the following
    NFP country list;
  • not be employed by an organisation that has its own means of staff-development, for example:
    • multinational corporations (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft),
    • large national and/or a large commercial organisations,
    • bilateral donor organisations (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid),
    • multilateral donor organisations, (e.g. a UN organization, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB),
    • international NGO’s (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care);
  • must have an official passport that will still be valid for at least three months after completion of the training;
  • must not receive more than one fellowship for courses that take place at the same time;
  • English Language skills: The short courses are taught in English. Therefore, it is important that your English language skills (writing and speaking) are good.
  • Work experience: Minimum of 2 years of experience required, working with or for local or regional authorities. It is to your advantage if the work/experience is related to the content of the training.
  • To be eligible for a MSP Scholarship you must meet the selection criteria mentioned above. Furthermore you must:
  • be a national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the following
    MSP country list  valid at the time of application;
  • have an official passport that will still be valid at least three months after completion of the training;
  • not be over 45 years of age at the time of the grant submission.

 Step 2:  Prepare your answers to the following questions:

You will have to answer the following 3 questions to support your application:

  • Question 1: What is the issue or problem you want to address in your country?
  • Question 2. How will this training course enable you to address this issue?
  • Question 3. How will you address this issue with your position within your organisation?

Please read the ‘Quality Guidelines – Motivation Nuffic Scholarship’

Pay careful attention to the formulation of your answers:

  • Be specific and base your answers on factual information.
  • Refrain from copying the course information or learning needs from our website.

Through the various assessment stages of the application, the answers to these questions will be closely scrutinized.

Step 3:  Prepare all supporting documents:

Prepare a copy of your passport

You need an official passport that will still be valid during a period of at least three months after completion of the training you are applying for. If your passport does not comply with this requirement, your application will be discarded. Prepare a scanned copy in PDF (not exceeding 2MB).

Prepare your Employer Statement

All applicants must provide an Employer Statement according to the prescribed Nuffic format. Your Employer Statement consists of 3 parts and together this must be uploaded as 1 (one) PDF document which is no larger than 2MB. The quality of the Employer statement is crucial for your application as this document will be asessed during all the stages of the application. The 3 parts are:

  • Declaration by your employer (Permission to participate)
  • Motivation by your employer and your own motivation.
  • Implementation plan (with clear goals and deadlines)
  • Important notice: If your employer statement misses 1 or more parts, your application will be discarded.

Please click to see the Example of an Employer Statement  (including guidelines regarding the quality of the statement). The following format must be used: Format Employer Statement (pdf). (A Word version of this document can be found on the Nuffic website via the following link)

Prepare a Government Statement (if applicable)

For certain countries, applicants must provide a government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established. Please check the Overview Government statements to determine if you need a Government statement.Prepare this document in advance and convert it to PDF (less than 2 MB). You will need this document for your application.

If you do need a Government statement, you have to provide one using one of the following prescribed formats: NFP Scholarship or MSP Scholarship (MENA)

Step 4:  Apply for academic admission with The Hague Academy

  • Apply with The Hague Academy by completing the following form: Nuffic scholarship application form(available from 24th January 2017).
  • You can only apply for one Fellowship per deadline.
  • It will be possible to save your application in the interim, and continue at a later stage. You will receive a login code to access your application when you return.
  • Before submitting your application you will be able to do a final check. Once you have submitted your application it will no longer be possible to make any adjustments.

Follow up:

  • Once your application has been submitted, there will be no further correspondence regarding the outcome.
  • Your application will be assessed by The Hague Academy for Local Governance.
  • ONLY if you meet all the academic and eligibility requirements, you will receive further instructions before the 15th of March 2017 to complete the final stage of your Nuffic scholarship application.
  • This decision is final and not subject to discussion and/or correspondence