Dear all, we have resolved the technical issues involving the Nuffic application procedure. If you would like to continue with your application, then please finalise and submit your document(s) as soon as possible. We will close the Nuffic Scholarship form at 12PM CET on Saturday, 17 March.

To apply for a Nuffic Scholarship, please follow the instructions on this page. You can find the application form in the ‘Register Now’ button at the bottom of this page. 

The Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic) offers fellowships for training courses in The Netherlands. 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. NFP and NICHE entered a new phase on 1 July 2017 and will continue as Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP).

You must fulfil academic admission at The Hague Academy before you can apply for a fellowship. Please read the details of each programme carefully to ensure you meet all eligibility and application requirements.


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 January 2018Learn more about this scholarship.

How to apply for StuNed

  1. Apply to your preferred course with The Hague Academy for academic admittance. Please indicate that you intend to apply for StuNed Scholarship.
  2. The Academy will assess your application and will send you Letter of Admittance if you qualify.
  3. 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.
  4. You will be notified of the scholarship awards through Nuffic Neso Indonesia.


Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)

Formerly known as the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP), the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) offers scholarships for participants living and working in one of the following 51 countries (pdf). This new 5-year programme aims to advance the capacity, knowledge and quality of both individuals and institutions of higher and vocational education.

A wide range of governmental, private and local NGO’s are eligible. Examples include educational institutions, planning agencies, national ministries, community-based organization and private enterprises. The key priorities for the programme are Food Security, Water, Security and Rule of Law, and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Cross-cutting themes relevant to all activities of the programme include:  Private Sector Development, Climate, and Gender and Inclusive Development (with specific attention to marginalised and discriminated groups).

For more information about OKP Scholarships, please click here.


MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP)

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 (45 years and younger) to participate in short courses in various fields of study. Visit the MENA Scholarship Programme for more information.

(Applicants from Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon are eligible for both OKP and MSP Scholarships. You can only apply for one of the two. If you meet the eligibility criteria of MSP, then we recommend 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 OKP and MSP Scholarships

Applications for the following OKP and MSP Scholarships will start on the 23rd January 2018. The deadline for applications is the 15th March 2018 at 24h00. More information can be found on the 2018 Course page.

The following training courses will be eligible:

  • Multi-level Water Governance (10 – 21 September 2018)
  • Local Economic Development (1 – 12 October 2018)
  • Conflict, Rule of Law and Local Security (29 October – 9 November 2018)
  • Gender Responsive Governance (19 – 30 November 2018)
  • Fiscal Decentralisation and Local Finance (11 – 22 February 2019) – Only for MSP Scholarships!

How to apply for OKP or MSP Scholarships

The Hague Academy uses a two-step application procedure:

  • Applicants must request academic admission directly from THA via the procedure explained on this page. The application will be assessed on eligibility and relevance.
  • Applicants that meet all the academic and eligibility criteria will receive an invitation to proceed with the next step in the scholarship application procedure, registering for the scholarship in ATLAS (the OKP online application system)

Important information before starting your application:

  • The deadline for applications is the 15th March 2018 at 24h00. Applications received after this date will not be considered for the scholarship.
  • Please read the Nuffic Obligations for OKP Fellowship Holders (PDF) or the Nuffic Obligation for MENA Scholarship Holders (PDF) before starting your application.
  • Please follow the step-by-step instructions set out on this page, and pay careful attention to the (quality) requirements. Prepare all your documents in advance. (You cannot complete your application without all necessary documents)
  • Supporting documents must be uploaded in PDF format and must not exceed 2 MB. The following instructions can assist you: Converting documents to PDF
  • 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 applications with all the required documents in the correct formats will be considered.
  • 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

  • In order to qualify for Nuffic scholarships, you must meet the following eligibility criteria. Please check if you are eligible before you start the application process.
  • 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 open subscription course.


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: Your passport must be valid for at least three months after completion of the training. Individuals with passports not valid for three months after the training will not be considered for the course. 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 not complete, then your application will be discarded.

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)

Please use this prescribed Nuffic format to complete your own Employer Statement. See the Example of an Employer Statement (including guidelines regarding the quality of the 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 need a Government statement, then use one of the following prescribed formats: OKP Scholarship or MSP Scholarship (MENA)


Step 4:  Apply for Admission to The Hague Academy 

  • You can apply for only one Fellowship per deadline.
  • The application form will only be available for 2 weeks once you start your application. If you do not complete your application within this 2-week period, the form will automatically be deleted and you will have to restart the application procedure.
  • Yes, it is possible to save your application and return to continue at a later time (within the 2-week period). 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.
  • Only use this Nuffic scholarship application form found via the button at the end of this page. The deadline is the 15th March 2018 at 24h00. Applications received after this date will not be considered for the scholarship.


Follow up

  • 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.
  • Once your scholarship application has been submitted, there will be no further correspondence regarding the outcome.This decision is final and not subject to discussion and/or correspondence.


Last update: 23 January 2018