Last updated: 4 July 2019

Nuffic, a Dutch non-profit organisation for internationalisation in education, offers scholarships for training courses in The Netherlands. These scholarships 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. The Nuffic Scholarships at The Hague Academy (OKP, MSP and StuNed) will cover the tuition fee, return flights from an international airport to Amsterdam, insurance, accommodation and a small Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA).

Application deadlines:

There are 3 application deadlines per year. Information about the content of the training courses can be found via the following link.

First deadline 2019:
Scholarship applications will open 24th January 2019. The application deadline is 21st March 2019

  • Multilevel Water Governance (9 – 20 September 2019)
  • Local Economic Development (23 September – 4 October 2019)
  • Conflict, Rule of Law and Local Security (28 October – 8 November 2019)
  • Climate Adaptation and Local Resilience (11 – 22 November 2019)
  • Gender Responsive Governance (18 – 29 November 2019)
  • Fiscal Decentralisation and Local Finance (10 – 21 February 2020)
    (Only for MSP in this deadline)

Second deadline 2019 (Only for OKP)
Scholarship applications will open 28th May 2019. The application deadline is 4th July 2019

  • Fiscal Decentralisation and Local Finance (10 – 21 February 2020)

Third deadline 2019:
Scholarship applications will open 23rd August 2019. The application deadline is 4th October 2019

  • Inclusive Service Delivery and the SDGs (9 -20 March 2020)
  • Citizen Participation and Inclusive Governance (23 March – 3 April 2020)
  • Climate Adaptation and Local Resilience (1 – 12 June 2020)
  • Integrity and Anti-Corruption (15 – 26 June 2020)

First deadline 2020

Scholarship applications will open 25th January 2020. The application deadline is 21st March 2020

  • Multilevel Water Governance 2020 (7 – 18 September 2020)
  • Local Economic Development 2020 (21 September – 2 October)
  • Conflict, Rule of Law and Local Security 2020 (26 October – 6 November)
  • Gender Responsive Governance 2020 (16 – 27 November)
  • Fiscal Decentralisation and Local Finance 2021 (MSP) (TBD)

The form will be made available once the application opens for registration. ONLY use the Nuffic application form when applying for a scholarship.

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 next opportunity to apply for StuNed Scholaship will be at the end of 2019. To apply, they will need to submit the application via Learn 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)

The Orange Knowledge Programme is a € 195 m Dutch global development programme, available in 53 countries and managed by Nuffic, a Dutch non-profit organisation for internationalisation in education. Launched mid-2017, it aims to have provided tens of thousands with the possibility to change their future through education and training by mid-2022.

The programme offers scholarships for participants living and working in one of the participating countries and 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)

The MENA Scholarship Programme 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. For more information about the MENA Scholarship Programme, please click here.

(Applicants from Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon are eligible for both OKP and MSP Scholarships. If you are 45 years or younger then we recommend you apply for the MSP Scholarship.)


Application procedure for OKP and MSP Scholarships:

The Hague Academy uses a two-step application procedure:

  • Applicants must obtain an academic admission from THA. Follow Step 1 – 4 as explained on this page. Once submitted, your application will be assessed on eligibility and relevance. Your motivation and your Employer Statement form the basis of the assessment.
  • If you meet all the academic and eligibility criteria you will receive an invitation to proceed with the second step in the scholarship application procedure, registering for the scholarship in ATLAS (the Nuffic online application system)

Important information before starting your application:

  • Please carefully read the Nuffic Obligations for OKP Fellowship Holders or the Nuffic Obligation for MENA Scholarship Holders.
  • Check if you need a Government Statement. This could take a few weeks to obtain.
  • Pay careful attention to the Quality Guidelines and example Employer Statement provided. This can help you to improve the quality of your application.
  • Prepare all your required documents in advance.
  • Required 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 opportunity to replace or revise the documents.
  • Only applications with all the required documents, complete and in the correct formats will be considered.
  • ONLY 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

Step 2:  Prepare your answers to the following Questions

The answers to the questions will be closely reviewed during the assessment of your application. 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. Please read the ‘Quality Guidelines – Motivation Nuffic Scholarship’

  • 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?

Step 3:  Prepare all Supporting Documents

Prepare a copy of your passport:
Your passport must be still be valid for at least three months after 1st August 2019. Applications with passports that do not comply with this requirement will be discarded. Prepare a PDF copy of your passport (not exceeding 2MB). 

Prepare your Employer Statement:
All applicants must provide an Employer Statement. Please use the prescribed Nuffic MSP Format or the prescribed Nuffic OKP format. Please see the Example of an Employer Statement (including Quality Guidelines). Your Employer Statement should consists of three parts:

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

The Employer Statement must be uploaded as 1 single PDF document (not exceeding 2MB). This document will be assessed throughout the whole application procedure. If your employer statement is not complete, then your application will be discarded.

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 (for OKP) or check the Overview Government statements (for MSP) 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 Statement of Government Authority or MSP Scholarship Statement of Government Authority.

Step 4:  Apply for Academic admission to The Hague Academy 

  • ONLY use Nuffic scholarship application form found via the button at the end of this page.
  • You can apply for only one Scholarship per deadline.
  • It is possible to save your application to continue at a later time. You will receive a login code to re-access your application.
  • Before submitting your application, do a final check. Once you have submitted your application, it will no longer be possible to make any adjustments.
  • Once the deadline has passed, the application form will no longer be available.

Step 5: Assessment and registration for Scholarship

  • Your application will be assessed by The Hague Academy for Local Governance on eligibility, relevance, motivation and required documents.
  • If you meet all the academic and eligibility requirements, you will receive an invitation from The Hague Academy to proceed with the final step in the application procedure.
  • The invitation will include instructions to complete your Nuffic scholarship application in the Nuffic database (Atlas)
  • Applicants that do not qualify to proceed will not receive any further notification.


Follow up

Applicants will be notified by The Hague Academy regarding the outcome of the selection.
The selection by Nuffic is final and not subject to discussion and/or correspondence.