The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP)

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) is a scholarship programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is funded from the Ministry’s development cooperation budget. The aim of the programme is to help reduce the shortage of skilled workers.

The target group consists of professionals working in one of the 50 NFP countries. The successful completion of a study programme will help them to further develop and strengthen the organisations at which they work.

The demand for education and training must reflect the institutional development of the candidate’s employer. Candidates must be nominated by their employers in order to qualify for participation.


At least half of the available scholarships will be allocated to women, and half of the available funds will be reserved for candidates from Sub-Saharan Africa.

Candidates that belong to one of the prioritised groups and/or live in a disadvantaged region (criteria to be determined by the embassies) are strongly encouraged to submit an application.


Scholarships are available for:

  • English-language master’s programmes, varying in length from 9 to 24 months;
  • short-term English and occasionally French courses, varying in length from 2 to 52 weeks;
  • PhD programmes, to be partly completed in the participant’s country of origin and partly in the Netherlands;
  • Alumni activities and Tailor-Made Training

Further information

For more information on the various NFP sub-programmes, see our Study in Holland website.