Nuffic Scholarships are now available for short courses in Autumn 2019 at the Academy.

Please read the details on this page carefully. Only eligible applicants will be considered. To apply, using the specific application form on this page.

Nuffic (The Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher 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) cover tuition, return flights from an international airport to Amsterdam, insurance, accommodation and a small Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA).

Future opportunities: 

Applications for Nuffic OKP and MPS Scholarhsips will start on the 24th January 2019.
The application deadline is Thursday, 21st March 2019 (24h00 CET). Please ensure that your application has been completed BEFORE the deadline.

The following training courses are open for Nuffic Scholarship registration:

  • 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 Resilience at a local level (11 – 22 November 2019)
  • Gender Responsive Governance (18 – 29 November 2019)
  • Fiscal Decentralisation and Local Finance (10 – 21 February 2020) (Only for MSP Scholarships for this deadline. OKP will become available at the next deadline.)

Information about the content of our training courses can be found via the following link. However, if you wish to apply for a Nuffic scholarship, then please ONLY use the Nuffic application form at the bottom of this page (available from 24th January 2019).


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. Applications for 2019 StuNed Scholarships are now closed. 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 offers scholarships for participants living and working in one of the following 51 countries. This 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)

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.)

The following course is currently open to MSP applicants:

  • Fiscal Decentralisation and Local Finance (10 – 21 February 2020) (Only for MSP Scholarships for this deadline. OKP will become available at the next deadline.)


Application Procedure for OKP or 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 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 valid for at least three months after 2nd April 2019. Applications with passports that do not comply with this requirement will not be considered for a Nuffic scholarship. 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 Format. Please see the Example of an Employer Statement (including Quality Guidelines). Your Employer Statement should consist 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 on or before 30th June 2019. The selection by Nuffic is final and not subject to discussion and/or correspondence.

Application Form

To apply for a Nuffic Scholarship for one of the courses listed above, please use the application form linked at the Register Now button.