Scholarships for postgraduate courses are available from different sources. Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation has no funds for financing participants and regrets it is unable to assist applicants in obtaining sponsorship.

Scholarship opportunities

NFP Fellowships

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) promote capacity building within organisations in certain 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 NFP has 3 sub programmes for individual fellowships: master's degree programmes, short courses and PhD Studies. In addition, there are separate funds for alumni activities and Tailor-Made Training.

Read more about the alumni activities on the website of the Holland Alumni network.

Read more about Tailor-Made Training on

The NFPII programme ends in July 2017.

Please visit the Nuffic website for the latest information on the continuation of the NFP programme;


WWF Russell E. Train education for nature

WWF knows that investing in training and education is critical for biodiversity conservation. That's why for over two decades the Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN) has been providing financial support to proven and potential conservation leaders in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to gain the skills and knowledge they need to address the conservation challenges in their home countries. EFN supports conservationists to pursue graduate studies, attend short-term training courses, and train local communities in WWF priority places.

Started in 1994 to honor the late Russell E. Train, founder, president, and chairman of the board of WWF. EFN upholds Mr. Train’s vision of putting ownership of natural resources in local hands in the work it does every day.

More information can be found on the website;

Ford Foundation International Fellowships Programme

The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) privides opportunities for advanced study to exceptional individuals who will use this education to become leaders in their respective fields, furthering development in their own countries and greater economic and social justice worldwide. It is available for applicants form selected countries. Visit the website.

ITTO Fellowship Programme

The International Tropical Timber Organisation offers fellowships to promote human resource development and to strengthen professional expertise in member countries in tropical forestry and related disciplines. Visit the website.


The UNESCO guide, "Study Abroad 2000+", lists higher-education study opportunities and scholarships offered by higher education institutions and international organisations. UNESCO also lists some advice to find scholarships: Looking for a scholarship to study abroad.


MENA Scholarships Programme

The Middle East and North Africa Scholarship Programme (MSP) offers scholarships to professionals from ten countries. The scholarships can be used for short courses in the Netherlands. The programme is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Please visit the Nuffic website for the latest information on the MENA scholarship programme;

IEFA International Education Financial Award

IEFA offers a search engine for scholarships and international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad. Visit the website.


For professional from Indonesia providing scholarships to government officials (central and regional), NGO officials, lecturers-educators and journalists, as well as employees of private companies working in development related sectors. Visit the website.

Via Projects/Programmes

If you are from a developing country and professionally involved in a development project funded by foreign or multilateral aid, you can inquire with the executing agency whether your participation could be funded from a training component of the project budget or from other budget lines. Please note that the fellowship opportunities are almost without exception meant for study and research in the framework of running projects and programmes financed by the donor organisation. It is not possible to get a scholarship is you are not involved in the projects.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. More information and application details can be found on the website:

Other sources

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Other sources

There are several website where you can search for funding for your participation in one of our short courses.

Here is an short overview of the most important ones:


Funds for NGOs