The Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic) offers fellowships for training courses in the Netherlands.

Please read the details of each programme carefully to ensure you meet all eligibility and application requirements.

Important Note:  The deadline to apply for Nuffic scholarships for early 2018 has passed. Please bookmark this page and check back in January 2018 for new details about the next opportunity to apply for Hague Academy courses with Nuffic funding. 

Nuffic offers StuNed, NFP and MSP (MENA) Fellowships. These fellowships seek to develop and strengthen the skills, instincts, and abilities of professionals to enable their organisations and communities to succeed in an ever-changing world. The Nuffic programme is initiated and (almost) fully funded by the budget for development cooperation at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

StuNed (Dutch-Indonesian scholarship programme)
The StuNed Scholarship programme aims to strengthen the human resources in Indonesian organisations and the bilateral relations between the Netherlands and Indonesia. The deadline for StuNed Scholarship applications was 6 JanuaryLearn more about this scholarship.

How to apply for StuNed

  1. Check if you meet the StuNed eligibility criteria and download the StuNed scholarship application form from Nuffic Neso Indonesia’s website.
  2. Apply to your preferred course via the online application form for each course at The Hague Academy. Note:  Not all courses are eligible for a StuNed scholarship.
  3. Select the funding type in the respective course application form.
  4. The Academy will assess your application and will send you Letter of Admittance if you qualify.
  5. Submit your Letter of Admittance, together with your application form and all other necessary documents to Nuffic Neso Indonesia before the deadline announced on their website.
  6. You will be notified of the scholarship awards through Nuffic Neso Indonesia.


NFP and MSP (MENA) Fellowships

The Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP Scholarships) for short-courses offers scholarships for participants living and working in one of the following 51 countries (pdf). For more information about NFP Scholarships, please click here.

(NFP and NICHE entered a new phase on 1 July 2017 and will continue as ‘Kennisontwikkelingsprogramma’ (KOP). This 5-year programme aims to advance the capacity, knowledge and quality of both individuals and institutions of higher and vocational education.)

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 seeks to build capacity within organisations by enabling employees to take part in short courses in various fields of study. Visit the MENA Scholarship Programme for more information.

(Applicants from Lebanon and Jordan 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 this Scholarship.)

Please note that both scholarships will cover the tuition fee, return flights from an international airport to Amsterdam, insurance, accommodation and a small Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA).


Current NFP and MSP Scholarships

Please check back soon for more details.

If you are not eligible for Nuffic Funding or if you would like to apply for a training course without the scholarship, then please follow refer to the separate deadlines and separate applications of each 2018 course.

How to apply for NFP or MSP (MENA) Fellowships

Important information before starting your application

  • Please read the Nuffic Obligations for KOP (NFP-MSP) Applicants (PDF) before starting your application.
  • Please follow the step-by-step instructions and requirements and prepare all the documents. (You need them for your application)
  • Supporting documents must be uploaded in PDF format and must not exceed 2 MB. The following instructions can assist you: Converting documents to PDF
  • All these steps must be completed before the application deadline on 24 October 2017.
  • Please carefully check your application before you submit it. Once your application has been submitted, there will be no further correspondence or opportunity to replace or revise the documents.
  • Only the applicants who have been admitted to proceed into the next round will be notified. This decision is final and not subject to discussion and/or correspondence.


Step 1:  Check Eligibility

For NFP Scholarships there is no age limit. In order to qualify, you must meet the following selection criteria:

  • National of, and working and living in, one of the following countries on NFP country list;
  • Not 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 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 organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB),
    • international NGO’s (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care);
  • Have a passport that will still be valid for at least three months after completion of the training;
  • Not received more than one fellowship for courses that take place at the same time;
  • Proficient 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 an MSP Scholarship you must meet the employer, language and work experience 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.
    (only applicable for MSP Scholarships)


Step 2:  Answer Questions

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

  • Question 1: What is the issue or problem you wish 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 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. The answers to these questions will be closely reviewed during the assessment of your application.


Step 3:  Prepare all Supporting Documents

Prepare a copy of your passport: You need a passport that will still be valid during a period of at least three months after completion of the training you are applying for. 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 three parts and together this must be uploaded as 1 (one) PDF document (not exceeding 2MB). This document will be assessed throughout the application review. If your employer statement is incomplete, then your application will not be accepted.

You are responsible for ensuring the following three parts are included in your application:

  1. Declaration by your employer (Permission to participate)
  2. Motivation by your employer and your own motivation.
  3. Implementation plan (with clear goals and deadlines)

See the Example of an Employer Statement (including guidelines regarding the quality of the statement).

Please use this prescribed Nuffic format to complete your own Employer Statement.

Prepare a Government Statement (if applicable)

For certain countries, applicants must provide a government statement that meets the requirements stipulated. Check the Overview Government statements to determine if you need a government statement. If relevant, this document must be uploaded as a PDF (not exceeding 2MB).

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


Step 4:  Apply for Admission to The Hague Academy

Note:  The application deadline has passed. We are no longer accepting applications for Nuffic scholarships for courses in early 2018. 

  • Please use the Nuffic scholarship application form on this page (or the button below) if you wish to apply for one of the four eligible open courses in 2018 (see above).
  • Applicants not applying for Nuffic Scholarships must apply using the separate course form found on each respective open subscription course page.
  • You can apply for only one Fellowship per deadline.
  • It is possible to save your application and return to continue at a later time. In that case, 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. However, once you have submitted your application, it will no longer be possible to make any adjustments.
  • The deadline to apply was 24 October 2017 at 24h00. Applications received after this date will not be considered for the scholarship.


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 to complete the final stage of your Nuffic scholarship application.
  • This decision is final and not subject to discussion and/or correspondence.

Please note:  The applications procedures outlined above are subject to change. Please check back regularly for updates and changes.



Last update: 8 January 2018