Netherlands Fellowship Programmes - 2011

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are fellowship programmes designed to promote capacity building within organizations in 60 developing countries by providing training and education to their mid-career staff members. The NFP is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation.


Aim –


The overall aim of the NFP is to help alleviate qualitative and quantitative shortages of skilled manpower within a wide range of governmental, private and non-governmental organizations. This by offering fellowships to mid-career professionals to improve the capacity of their employing organizations. The need for training has to be evident within the context of an organization.

Target group and priorities –


The NFP is for mid-career professionals who are nationals of and working and living in one of the NFP countries.


Candidates from Sub-Saharan Africa, women and members of priority groups and/or marginalized regions are specifically invited to apply for an NFP fellowship.


Country-specific criteria –


Next to the general eligibility criteria, an embassy or consulate may develop its own country-specific criteria. These reflect the preferences of an embassy or consulate for certain applications. These criteria can influence the selection process. You are therefore advised to check if any country-specific criteria apply.

Employer support


The need for education and training must be linked to the institutional development of the organization you are working for. This means that you must be nominated by your employer. In fact, applications without employer support will not be considered.

NFP sub-programmes


The NFP offers several sub-programmes. Each sub-programme has a separate section on this website with information about eligibility criteria, application and selection and deadlines (if applicable):

Individual fellowships for:




The NGOs / NPOs Consultants


Geo. Coverage: Asia, Africa and Europe