Scholarships

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

sponsorship.


NFP Fellowships

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) promote 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 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 www.nuffic.nl/tmt.

The aim of the NFP

The overall 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. You have to be nominated by your employer to be eligible for the fellowship. There also has to be a clear need for training within the context of your organisation.

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

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 organisation.

Each 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.

The fellowship

An NFP fellowship is intended to supplement the salary that you should continue to receive during the 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.


For whom

Criteria

You must meet a number of criteria that support the aim of the NFP to be eligible for a fellowship.

To be eligible 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.
  • 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 organisations, 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

Seek academic admission as early as possible to allow us to process your application in time. The academic admission process for a PhD study is an individual track.

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 application.

In the application you need to give personal details, for which course you want to register for an NFP fellowship as well as motivational statements. You also need to upload (in PDF):

-          a copy of a passport valid at least 3 months after the date of submission of the NFP application.

-          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.


Fellowship selection process

Only a maximum number of candidates can be considered for a fellowship. Therefore the process has a preliminary step. This step is to decide which candidate will be considered for an NFP fellowship.

If a candidate is considered for a fellowship his or her application will be assessed. The Netherlands embassy will check the application on the eligibility criteria. If eligible it will be further assessed.

The above leads to a ranking of all eligible applications. The selection method takes the NFP policy principles (women, Sub Sahara Africa, food security and priority countries) into consideration.

About the eligibility check

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 is eligible it will be assessed by the Netherlands embassy on:

  • the degree to which you fit into the target group of the programme
  • how well you would be able to implement the newly-acquired knowledge in your daily work;
  • to what extent the knowledge will contribute to the development of your home country. Your application will be assessed according to the country focus an embassy may have set. If for example you submit an application for an NFP fellowship in the field of Health Sciences while Agriculture is a country focus, 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

CDI will inform you, on behalf of Nuffic, about the outcome of the selection by email.

List of eligible countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Colombia
  • Cuba
  • Djibouti
  • DR Congo
  • Egypt
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Guatemala
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Macedonia
  • Mali
  • Mongolia
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian Territories
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Surinam
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Uganda
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Titel

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;

www.worldwildlife.org

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.

UNESCO

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

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.

The aim of the MSP

The overall aim of the MSP is to contribute to the democratic transition in the participating countries. It also aims at building capacity within organisations by enabling employees to take part in diploma or other courses. 

Scholarships are available for short courses with a duration between two and twelve weeks.

While scholarships are awarded to individuals, the need for training must be demonstrated in the context of the organisation for which the applicant works. The training must help the organisation develop its capacity.

The MSP Scholarships are available for participants from ten participating countries: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Syria and Tunisia. Ideally, half of the scholarships are allocated to female applicants.


For whom: criteria

The target group is professionals (with a maximum age of 45) who are nationals of and working in one of the selected countries.

While scholarships are awarded to individuals, the need for training must be demonstrated in the context of the organisation for which the applicant works. The training must help the organisation develop its capacity. This means that employers must nominate an applicant and motivate his or her application in a supporting letter.

To be eligible for an MSP scholarship you:

  • must be a national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the MSP country list valid at the time of application;
  • 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.
  • 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 organisations, 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)
  • The age of the MSP candidate must not exceed 45 years of age at the time of the grant submission.

You can use an MSP scholarship for a number of selected short courses in one of the following fields of study:

 

  • Economics
  • Commerce
  • Management and Accounting
  • Agriculture and environment
  • Mathematics
  • Natural sciences and Computer sciences
  • Engineering
  • Law Public Administration
  • Public order and safety
  • Humanities
  • Social sciences
  • Communication and Arts


How to apply

Seek academic admission 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 MSP fellowship and you have collected all the necessary information and documentation, you can start with your application.

In the application you need to give personal details, for which course you want to register for an MSP scholarship as well as motivational statements. You also need to upload (in PDF):

-          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.


Selection procedure

Only a maximum number of candidates can be considered for a fellowship. Therefore the process has a preliminary step. This step is to decide which candidate will be considered for an MSP fellowship.

If a candidate is considered for a fellowship his or her application will be assessed. The Netherlands embassy will check the application on the eligibility criteria. If eligible it will be further assessed.

The above leads to a ranking of all eligible applications. The selection method takes the policy principles (50% of scholarships are for female applicants) into consideration.


About the eligibility check

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 is eligible it will be assessed by the Netherlands embassy on:

  • the degree to which you fit into the target group of the programme
  • how well you would be able to implement the newly-acquired knowledge in your daily work;
  • to what extent the knowledge will contribute to the development of your home country. Your application will be assessed according to the country focus an embassy may have set. If for example you submit an application for an NFP fellowship in the field of Health Sciences while Agriculture is a country focus, 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 email. If your application is successful, we will contact you by mail or email to make all necessary (logistical) arrangements.

We will make payments to you for the duration of your fellowship.


Nationals from the following countries are eligible for a MENA Scholarship:

  1. Algeria
  2. Egypt
  3. Iraq
  4. Jordan
  5. Lebanon
  6. Libya
  7. Morocco
  8. Oman
  9. Syria
  10. Tunisia


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.

StuNed

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: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/

Other sources

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:

Grantfinder

Funds for NGOs

Scholars4dev



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: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/