Netherlands Fellowship Programme - PhD

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) fosters capacity building within organizations in 51 developing countries by providing training and education to their mid-career staff members at the University of Twente. The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes is an initiative of the Dutch government.

Deadline for application

 

 

6 October 2014

 

 

Country of Origin

 

 

Click here for the NFP country list, to see which countries qualify. The country list of NFP consist of 51 countries prioritized in a category 1 or 2. If you are from a country prioritized as 1, your chances to be nominated are slightly higher.

Field of study

All

 

Level of study

PhD

Scholarship Value

 

 

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subsistence allowance

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tuition fee (applicable for Master)

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housing

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international travel

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insurance

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personal allowance

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study materials (applicable for Master and PhD)

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visa costs

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travel within the Netherlands

Requirements for application

To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

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Be a national of and working and living in one of the 51 NFP countries

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You have to be nominated by your employer to be provisionally considered for a nomination position. This means you will need to provide an employer’s statement. You can download an example (the format) of this letter here. Please use this format. The employer’s letter should be written on employer’s letter heading and signed and stamped by an authorized person/head of organization. The letter should be dated. If your letter does not meet the requirements it will be discarded and your application is considered incomplete.

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Have been unconditionally admitted by the University of Twente as a PhD student. This means that you must meet all admission requirements set by the University of Twente

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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)

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Offer evidence that he or she is sufficiently skilled in speaking and writing in the language of communication during the PhD which is English.

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Offer proof that the PhD will be pursued according to a ‘sandwich’ or ‘picnic’ model, which means that a large portion of the PhD research will take place in the candidate’s home country

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Be employed in an area to which the PhD study will make a relevant contribution;

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Have a clear-cut, functional relationship with a relevant organization and be in a position to introduce the newly acquired skills and knowledge into that organization

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Be available full–time to pursue the PhD without interruption, and be physically and mentally able to take part in the entire programme

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A number of governments of countries on the NFP country list require a statement of the government before candidates can apply for an NFP fellowship. In this statement the government expresses its support of the fellowship application. Please check with your government and/or the Netherlands embassy if this applies to your country. Fellowship applications from countries that require a government statement without an attached or uploaded government statement are considered not eligible and will not be further assessed for an NFP fellowship. Click here to download the format.

NFP priority is also given to Sub-Sahara countries and female applicants.

How to apply

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Check whether you are from one of the countries on the NFP country list

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Open the web form (the web form will be available around 4 September 2014)

When you apply using the web form, it is essential you have all documents that are needed to fill out the form readily available to you. Please make sure you have the following documents at hand:

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Copy of Identity card or passport

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Employer statement (see format at ‘requirements for application’)

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Admission letter (optional)

You only get one attempt at filling out the form. It is not possible to save your application during registering and you cannot return to the registration in a later stage to make changes or additions. All needs to be completed in one session.