Netherlands Fellowship Program (NFP-masters)

The Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) promotes capacity building within organisations in 51 countries by providing training and education through fellowships for professionals. The NFP is initiated and fully-funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under the budget for development cooperation.

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) entered a new phase as a new programme under the name Kennisontwikkelings programma (KOP). The information will be updated soon. Please visit the Study in Holland website for updates.

NFP Scholarship

An NFP Fellowship is intended to supplement the salary that candidates will continue to receive during their study period in the Netherlands. The allowance is a contribution towards your costs of living, the costs of tuition fees, visas, travel, insurance and thesis research. If applicable, the Fellowship holder is expected to cover the difference between the actual costs and the amount of the personal NFP allowances.

The Fellowships are awarded in a very competitive selection to highly motivated professionals who are in a position to introduce the newly-acquired skills and knowledge into their employing organisation.

Aim of the NFP

    The aim of the NFP is to help increase both the number and the competencies of skilled staff at a wide range of governmental and non-governmental organisations.

    The NFP is designed for professionals who are nationals of - and work and live in - one of the 51 NFP countries. These countries have been classified into two categories (I and II). Category I countries are priority countries and will receive more Fellowships.

    Candidates must be nominated by their employer to be eligible for the Fellowship. There must also be a clear need for training within the context of the organisation for which the candidate works.

    Each Dutch embassy has its own focus area to support the development goals of the Netherlands in each NFP country. The overall objective is to spend 35% of the budget on grants and study programmes in food security and private sector development.

    The Fellowships are further prioritised as follows:

    • 50% of the budget is for applications from Sub Sahara Africa.
    • 50% of fellowships has to be awarded to female applicants.

    Check your eligibility

    For general information about NFP, please go to the Nuffic website. Please check the country list so see whether your country is included in the NFP program.

    Students who are interested in one of the following Tilburg University Master's Programs and meet the other eligibility criteria can apply:

    NFP Master's Programs

    • LLM International Business Law
    • LLM International Law and Human Rights
    • LLM European Union Law
    • LLM Law and Technology
    • LLM International Business Tax Law
    • LLM Labour Law and Employment Relations
    • LLM Research Master in Law
    • MSc Victimology and Criminal Justice
    • MSc Public Governance
    • MSc Sociology
    • MSc Data Science: Business and Governance
    • MSc Organization Studies
    • MSc Human Resource Studies
    • MSc Social Psychology
    • MSc Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences
    • MSc Research Master in Individual Differences and Assessment
    • MSc Communication and Information Sciences
    • MA in Culture Studies
    • MSc Research Master in Language and Communication
    • MA Christianity and Society

    Eligibility Criteria

    Successful candidates must meet a number of criteria that support the aim of the NFP. To be eligible candidates, you:

    • must be a professional and national of, and working and living in, one of the countries on the NFP country list.
    • must have an employer’s statement that complies with the format Nuffic has provided. All information must be provided and all commitments that are included in the format must be endorsed in the statement. Example statements can be found here.
    • must not be employed by an organization that has its own means of staff development. Organizations that are considered to have their own means for staff development are for example:
multinational corporations (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft).
      • large national and/or a large commercial organisation.
      • 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).
    • must have an official and valid passport
    • must not receive more than one Fellowship for courses that take place at the same time
    • must have a government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established (if applicable).


    How to apply

    You must apply for admission directly to Tilburg University. We recommend you apply as early as possible to allow us to process your application in time.

    Prepare your Fellowship application:

    If you are certain that you are eligible for an NFP Fellowship and you have collected all the necessary information and documentation, you can start with your Tilburg University application at the following website:

    In the application, you must give your personal details, for which course you want to register for an NFP Fellowship, as well as a motivational statement. You also need to upload the following documents:

    • a copy of a valid passport
    • a statement from your employer
    • a statement from your government (if applicable for your country)

    The application you submit must be complete with all the required documentation according to the required formats. The application must be submitted online through the candidate registration form before the Fellowship application deadline. Applications that are not submitted according to the required process and format will not be accepted.


    Tilburg University strongly recommends that you apply for admission to the respective Master’s program at Tilburg University by 2 February at the latest in order to ensure that your application for admission can be processed in time.

    Registration form:

    If you are admitted to the Master’s program for which you have applied, you will be sent the link to the NFP online application form so that you can start the process for applying for an NFP.

    Fellowship selection process

    Tilburg University has a maximum number of candidates who can be nominated for a Fellowship. Tilburg University will therefore decide which candidates will be nominated for an NFP Fellowship once all applications for admission have been processed.

    If a candidate is nominated for a Fellowship, his or her application will be assessed for the Fellowship award. The Netherlands Embassy will check the application against the NFP eligibility criteria. If eligible, the application will proceed further into the process. This process will result in a ranking of all eligible applications. The selection and ranking process will take the NFP policy principles (women, Sub Sahara Africa, food security and priority countries) into consideration.


    If your application does not meet the eligibility criteria, it will be rejected regardless of any effort, time and money you put into it.

    If your application meets the eligibility criteria, it will be assessed by the Netherlands Embassy according to:

    • the degree to which you fit into the target group of the program;
    • how well you would be able to implement the newly-acquired knowledge in your daily work;
    • to what extent the knowledge you will gain will contribute to the development of your home country. Your application will be assessed according to the country focus set by your local Embassy. If, for example, you submit an application for an NFP Fellowship in the field of Health Sciences while agriculture is a focus in your particular country, your chances of obtaining a Fellowship will decrease;
    • how well your plans for the time after returning to your employer are described and how easily they can be implemented.

    After the selection

    You will be informed about the outcome of the selection by mail or e-mail at the end of May 2017. If your application is successful, Tilburg University will contact you by mail or e-mail to make all necessary (logistical) arrangements for your period of study in Tilburg. Tilburg University will make payments directly to you for the duration of your Fellowship.

    Important deadlines

    • 2 February
      Application for admission to Tilburg University must be complete.
      Action by: Candidate
    • 20 March
      Application must be complete in the NFP application system.
      Action by: Candidate
    • 1 April
      All conditions of admission must be met (as detailed in the conditional admission letter).
      Action by: Admitted candidate
    • End of May
      Successful applicants will be informed about the outcome of their Fellowship application.
      Action by: Tilburg University

    For further information on the NFP please check the study in holland website.

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