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The Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP)

General Information

A new phase of Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP II) started on 1 July 2013. It promotes capacity building within organisations in 50 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 overall aim of the NFP is to support alleviate qualitative and quantitative shortages of skilled manpower within a wide range of governmental, private and non-governmental organizations. This is by offering fellowships to mid-career professionals to improve the capacity of their employing organization. The need for training has to be evident within the context of an organization. This implicates that applicants have to be nominated by their employers. Applications without the support of employer are considered ineligible.

A new phase of the NFP (NFP II) started on 1 July 2013. This new phase leads to policy changes which have an impact on procedures and criteria. Please check www.nuffic.nl/nfp for detail information.
There are fellowships available for:

  • PhD Programme:
  • Master Degree Courses:
  • Short Courses:
In addition, there are separate funds available for Tailor-made training courses and alumni activities.

NFP Tailor-Made Training: The Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) promotes capacity building by providing training and education for professionals. Please visit the website for detail information and application procedure: www.nuffic.nl/tmt

Refresher courses: are tailor-made training courses initiated by a Dutch institution or by NFP, MSP, NICHE/NPT alumni. The courses contribute to the institutional development of the alumni's employing organisations and prolong the impact of the original training. Please visit the website for the alumni (Netherlands Alumni Association) activities and detail information: www.hollandalumni.nl

The Netherlands Alumni Association (NAA):

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) funds a range of alumni activities for NFP, MSP, NICHE/NPT alumni. Alumni can attend refresher courses and Netherlands Alumni Associations (NAAs) can request for start-up grants and co-funding for their activities. For detail information visit the website www.hollandalumni.nl

New activities for NAA

In 2014, two new alumni activities have been introduced:

  • Introductory visits to Dutch organisations
  • The NFP Holland Ambassador Programme
There is newly established Netherlands Alumni Association of Nepal (NAAN). Those who have studied in the Netherlands under NFP and are interested can join the association. On how to register and to get full information on NAAN please visit their website: www.naan.org.np Also you can visit their page on Facebook: The Netherlands Alumni Association of Nepal (NAAN)

New procedure effective from 1 August 2014

  • To be eligible to apply for NFP fellowship for PhD Studies; Master degree courses and Short courses one should first be admitted to the course by directly applying to the Institutes/Universities listed under NFP. The list of universities and courses can be found on the website www.studyfinder.nl
    When admission letter is received the applicant should request the concerned institute/university for NFP fellowship. They will instruct the applicant on how to apply. There is no more SOL application.
  • Fellowships for all the above mentioned PhD Programme, Master and Short courses are awarded in an International Competition Basis. This means all the applicants have to compete with the applicants from other 51 countries for the NFP fellowship.
  • There is NO AGE BAR under this Fellowship Programme.
  • E-learning program and courses have been added to the NFP course list. Please note that different allowances will apply for fellowship holders participating in these courses.
  • Candidates have to be nominated by their employer to be eligible for the fellowship. There also has to be a clear need for training within the context of the organization.
  • The required government statement in case of Nepal is applicable only to the government employees and it should be done by the line ministry. For the employees at NGO and private sectors it is not applicable.
  • Each embassy/consulate has its own focus area to support the development goals of the Netherlands in each NFP countries. The overall objective is to spend 35% of the budget on grants and study Programme in Food Security and Private Sector Development.
  • Country focus subjects of Nepal are:
    1. Food Security
    2. Safety and Rule of law
    3. Sexuality and Reproductive Health and Rights
    4. Water
    5. Agriculture
    6. Forestry
    7. Energy and Environment


  • A candidate should be a national of and working in one of the developing countries on the NFP country list.
  • A candidate should be admitted to one of the relevant course in one of the listed institutions/universities under NFP.
  • A candidate should not be employed by a large industrial, commercial, international or multinational organization that can have sufficient resources of their own to finance training for their staff.
  • A candidate must be a mid-career professional with minimum of three years' work experience in the relevant field.
  • Must not receive more than one fellowship for courses that take place at the same time

For detail information, list of universities/institutes, procedures and application forms please visit the website: www.nuffic.nl/nfp and www.studyfinder.nl

For queries please contact the Fellowship Officer between 10: 00 to 12:00 a.m. and 14:00 to 15:00 p.m. Monday through Friday except on Tuesday morning opening hours is 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. only

Tel.          : +977 - 1 - 5523444
E-mail      : pchettri@nlconsulate.org.np