PhD and Masters Scholarships in the Netherlands

Netherlands Fellowship Programmes – Application Deadline 5th Feb 2013 15:00 CET

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

You must:

  •  be a professional with at least three years’ relevant work experience;
  • be a national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the NFP country list valid at the time of application; 
  • be nominated by your employer, who pledges to continue paying your salary and guarantees that you will be able to return to the same or an equivalent position at the end of your fellowship period;
  • have been unconditionally admitted by a Dutch institution to one of the Master’s degree programmes or Short courses on the course list, or have agreed upon a PhD research proposal with the Dutch institution. This means that you must have met all the academic requirements set by the Dutch institution;
  • not be employed by:
– a multinational corporation (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft);
– a large national and/or a large commercial organisation;
 – a bilateral donor organisation (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid);
 – a multilateral donor organisation, (e.g. a UN organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB);
 – an international NGO (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care).
  • have completed and submitted an NFP PhD study, master’s degree programme or short course fellowship application, including all the required documentation, before the applicable fellowship application deadline;
  • be employed in a subject area to which the study will make a relevant contribution;
  • have a clear-cut, work relationship with a relevant organisation and be in a position to introduce the newly acquired skills and knowledge into that organisation;
  • be available full-time for the entire period of the programme or course and be physically and mentally able to take part in the entire programme;
  • endorse the objective and the aim of the NFP and use your new knowledge and skills to support your employing organisation and your country. Nuffic urges you to return to your home country upon finishing the course or programme to meet the NFP aim in the most effective way.
Additional criteria per type of application. 

If you apply for an NFP PhD fellowship, you must:

  • not have accepted an NFP PhD fellowship in the past;
  • pursue the PhD study following a ‘sandwich’ or ‘picnic’ model, which means that at least a quarter of the PhD study must take place in the candidate’s home country and/or region. A quarter of the PhD study is calculated from the start date of the PhD-study (research) until the end of the NFP-PhD fellowship.

If you apply for an NFP short courses fellowship, you must:

  • not have accepted more than one NFP short course fellowship in the past;
  • not have accepted an NFP short course fellowship in the year prior to the fellowship application.

If you apply for an NFP master’s degree programme (NFP-MA) fellowship, you must not have accepted an NFP master’s degree programme fellowship in the past.Check the study courses offered: NFP Masters Courses

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